Don’t Vote.  No, Do.  But Don’t.

An update to last week’s petard-hoisting news: the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed itself yesterday, ruling that the gubernatorial recall election should go forward as scheduled on October 7.

Perhaps more strikingly, though, Representative Darrell Issa, the mastermind behind this political debacle, likewise reversed himself yesterday, saying to his supporters, “When you vote, if there are still two major Republicans on the ballot, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock, then I advise you to vote no on the recall.” His reasoning is, of course, that if Schwarzenegger and McClintock split the Republican vote, the election will go to Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante — and Gray Davis will certainly make a better whipping-boy, come the 2004 election season.

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