I havent said much

August 7, 2003 6:52 p.m.

I haven’t said much about the California recall race so far because, frankly, I couldn’t think of much to say. And that tends to be my standard. But now that things have totally gone out of control I guess I should wade in a bit. That’s especially so since there’s one bit of news today that seems unquestionably good. That’s the news that Rep. Darrell Issa is out of the race. Issa, you’ll remember, is the execrable opportunist who got this whole bit of ridiculousness underway, funding much of the effort on his own dime, figuring it was his only way of slipping into statewide office without having to bother with that majority of the vote peskiness. (The last we heard from Issa before the recall craziness was his demand that the Pentagon rewire (rewireless?) Iraq with the inferior cellphone technology (CDMA) owned by hometown company Qualcomm.)

According to press reports, Issa had to fight back tears when making his announcement today. Now at first I figured Issa was tearing up because he’d spent such a big chunk of change on what’s turning out to be someone else’s party. But then I realized that wasn’t it at all. He was just thinking how much more money he’s going to have to spend to replace that sheet set and mattress and that fancy duvet because of the mess from that decapitated horse head he found in his bed this morning.

I mean, where do you think the call that got Issa outta this race came from? Yeah, me too …

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