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Sunday, July 27, 2003
 
Just in Case This Wasn't Weird Enough
Reports this morning say that one of California's most famous Democrats, after years living in Washington DC, is preparing to go on the ballot in the upcoming recall. Dianne Feinstein? Nancy Pelosi? Leon Panetta? Nah, any of those would make sense. Instead it's none other than Gary Condit, the man most famous for probably not murdering the intern he was sleeping with.

One - more or less - Democrat has already declared. Audie Bock presents herself as a Democrat on her web site, but in fact she's most famous for having been briefly, after winning a special election, the only Green Party member of the California Legislature. Feeling that she failed to accomplish anything in Sacramentoas a party of one, she became an independent and then a Democrat. She worked for the Nader campaign in 1996, but I was unable to discover in some quick googling whether she backed Nader in 2000.

Arianna Huffington is considering a run, as I noted earlier. And, if she does run, one of her opponents is likely to be her ex-husband, Michael. Michael Huffington made a considerable fortune running a family oil business, blew about one third of it in 1994, running what was then the most expensive senatorial campaign in history but losing to Dianne Feinstein, then divorced Arianna when he discovered, at the age of 50, that he was gay.

Still, the ballot seems to be missing something. How about a Nazi? Michael Savage says that he is thinking about a run, since getting fired from MSNBC didn't get him enough publicity. With the strange rules of the California recall, who knows? Maybe this fall will be springtime for Hitler. Savage's stated platform includes mandatory hospitalization of the mentally ill, so his candidacy could have a silver lining: if he actually gets a strong bill passed, he may be the first governor in history to be taken away from a signing ceremony in a straitjacket.

And of course there's the only definite candidate, Congressman Darrell Issa, the man who parlayed his youthful experience stealing cars into a multi-million dollar fortune making obnoxious car alarm systems. I'm betting against him - it's tough to win over the voters when you've woken all of them up at 3 a.m.

If Arnold does run in this field, I recommend the slogan: "Sure I'm an Austrian weightlifter whose father was a Nazi and my main qualifications are being in movies, helping to create the steroid craze, and sleeping with about 5000 women, but have you seen the rest of these guys?"



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