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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Fear of Larry Elder Proves Elder Could Win

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Fear of Larry Elder Proves Elder Could Win

He is now resorting to the completely predictable ‘worse than Trump’ argument.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is showing signs that he is starting to crack. He has good reason to be concerned. Even though we’re talking about California, people are starting to believe that Larry Elder presents a real threat to Newsom.

Newsom’s fear only confirms this.

He is now resorting to the completely predictable ‘worse than Trump’ argument.

Emma Colton writes at FOX News:

Newsom ramps up attacks in CA recall, slams Elder as further right than Trump

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ramped up his campaign to hold onto the governorship, slamming Republican opponent Larry Elder as more right-wing than former President Donald Trump.

“He’s to the right of Donald Trump. To the right of Donald Trump. That’s what’s at stake in this election and don’t think for a second you can’t do damage in that role. Think about the judges he could appoint. Who would he have appointed to replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate? How would that impact the trajectory of this country. What would this mean for the future of the Democratic party in our efforts to keep the House of Representatives,” Newsom said Friday in San Francisco.

Californians are set to receive ballots next week for the recall election, which will be held on Sept. 14.

Newsom’s comments on Friday came amid his first official campaign event urging residents to vote no to his recall on election day. The ballot will also ask voters who of the 46 candidates should replace Newsom.

“Just vote no. You don’t even have to touch the other part. The other part is irrelevant. Don’t even touch it. Simple no. This is about the easiest ballot you ever had to fill out. Just vote no. No on the recall,” said Newsom.

This isn’t going to have the effect Newsom thinks it will. It only makes him look desperate. This also isn’t the only time Newsom has tried this.

Scott Shackford reported at Reason:

Gavin Newsom Takes Aim at Larry Elder as California Recall Builds Up Steam

It looks like California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is recognizing the risks of a recall are real as he takes aim at Republican front-runner, conservative-libertarian radio host Larry Elder.

In a Zoom call at the end of last week, Newsom, without actually naming Elder, referred to him as a Donald Trump supporter who “thinks climate change is a hoax, believes we need more offshore drilling, more fracking, does not believe a woman has a right to choose [and] actually came out against Roe v. Wade, [and] does not believe in a minimum wage.”

Jazz Shaw of Hot Air points to the Los Angeles Times, which is now openly begging readers not to recall Newsom:

The LA Times begs Californians not to boot Newsom

We’re one month out from the California recall election and the polls have continued to tighten, though most of them predict Newsom surviving by a slim margin. Perhaps it’s the unexpected closeness of the vote that moved the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times to publish a beseeching letter to Californians, urging them to not be tempted into opting for some new blood in the Governor’s mansion. Their concern for the welfare of the state (or should we simply say “the welfare state?”) seems touching, but the editors also don’t do a very good job of hiding their real reason for wanting to keep him. Also, when they get around to attempting to defend Newsom’s performance as governor during his first term, it comes off as more of an apology for him than a defense. Here’s their opening salvo.

Ballots for the Sept. 14 special recall election have been mailed to 22 million California voters. The ballot poses two questions. The first is whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should be removed from office.

The correct response is a strong, unequivocal no.

Removing Newsom and replacing him with an untested and unprepared alternative who wouldn’t represent the values of most Californians would be a disaster. It would doom the state to months of political and bureaucratic dysfunction and economic uncertainty. And for what purpose?

Meanwhile, Larry Elder is out there, campaigning away with total confidence.


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2smartforlibs | August 15, 2021 at 11:15 am

We are all pulling for Larry but even if he wins it’s still all liberal he’s up against. They aren’t going to like Hiarod being out of work. Don’t expect this one election to fix Liberalfonia.

    Already undermining victory. That is why “conservatives” can never get serious traction. Even in victory you sell hopelessness.

    Elder winning would be another monumental defeat for the Uniparty following Cu0mo’s surprise resignation. It would also signify that the Californians who are still fighting the fight (like me asshole) are winning. Hopeless? Have you seen this anywhere in the country?

    I don’t know where you are “too smart for libs” but I am very sure that your cities are run by democrats too. So maybe you are not smart enough to stand and fight where your are. And I can assure you that your Uniparty candidates are always coming to CA to raise money.

    People like you (cynical defeatists who abandon those who actually fighting and winning) are a fundamental part of the problem for “conservatives”. You keep piling on to the big states expecting to win the electoral votes when ALL of the small states are not enough. Winning California would be a HUGE relief but people like you not only won’t try, you not only won’t help, you disparage those of us who are in there fighting. FU!

      davey1983 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      You are setting up a nice strawman. All the guy said was that one election wouldn’t turn California around– which is true (it will take several), and that Elder won’t be able to get much done with the current Democratic control of the State (but his election is a great start).

      Nowhere did he try to undermine victory or ‘disparage those of us who are in there fighting’.

        Get a clue will you? Where did he indicate ANYTHING AT ALL encouraging in his statement? All hopelessness. We have several recall elections in process and are the only ones kicking ANTIFA ass! Do you EVER hear anyone give an “atta boy” to us Californians? No. But this is the first place you “conservatives” come begging for our money.

        We don’t need your opinions about how hopeless it is here. Worry about your own sanctuary states. Even TX and FL are overwhelmed by sanctuary cities. Why is it not hopeless there?

        We built our border wall decades ago and kept voting for Republicans and conservative ideas for years before the Bush/Cheneys undermined the last recall election to turn this state over to the Democrats. What we really need is an eastern border wall to keep all you nuts out of our state, especially you confused, squishy, useless Republicans.

This probably means the D’Rats will be feverishly cranking up their fraud machine.

They’ve also been running numerous spots featuring that East Coast senator, Princess Shaky Fist Shrieking Crow.

Larry is a salesman, smart, fast talker with a good memory for “facts”, but he lost me months ago when he lambasted a caller for saying the election was stolen and he was unrelenting
I think he would sale out on numerous things
Hell, I even heard him on a podcast Rubin show telling him and everyone he just really needed BIG donors right now
Didn’t have time to cultivate the small people

    The Real Truth in reply to gonzotx. | August 16, 2021 at 9:27 am

    The REAL TRUTH is that the election WAS stolen, and any person with ANY intelligence would be willing to admit that fact ! I don’t live in California, but if I did I would definitely get Newsom OUT, and put Larry Elder IN to help to SAVE that state. The Democrats have done everything possible with their HORRIBLE “Leadership” ? to ruin California. It is time for Republicans to come in and bring California BACK to the fabulous state that it once was !

Larry Elder is an amazing guy, a great communicator with a voice Californians and Americans should hear.

If anyone connected to him is reading, the only criticism is that he should speak more slowly. But he does have lots to say!

Gruesome should push that Larry will go all Fascist, that will play well.
BTW in Pa but where do I sign up to vote?

    Sonnys Mom in reply to Skip. | August 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Assuming you’re a US citizen, once you have met your state’s minimum residency requirement, go to the Clerk’s office at your city or town hall.

Their typical “racist” tag will not work with Elder – so they have to fall back on the Trump tag.

Elder would be a giant improvement over Newsom. If Elder can turn CA around – he could run for President some day – and win.

CA readers any predictions?
First will the recall succeed?
Who is likely winner if so?

Mr Elder could do a much better job than anyone else in the race. California is a basket case nearing third world status. A massive amount of National money would just delay the collapse.

The best case scenario includes San Andreas.

    Another Voice in reply to Romey. | August 15, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Would give you a 10 vote or Big Smiley Face for this line alone:

    “The best case scenario includes San Andreas.”

      @Another Voice and Romey …

      People in CA who don’t agree with the D’s, one party rule, Newsom and the way CA has been run for the last decades are fighting as hard as they can to reverse it … and the best sentiment you fools can come up with is to hope the San Andreas makes us circle the drain. We don’t deserve that and we sure as shit don’t deserve jerks like you.

      henrybowman in reply to Another Voice. | August 15, 2021 at 10:31 pm

      I used to put a lot of hope in San Andreas.
      I used to put a lot of hope in Teddy’s failing liver.
      Even Biden’s clear dementia is not repaying my spiritual investment.
      The hope game is not for me.

The election of Elder “would doom the state to months of political and bureaucratic dysfunction and economic uncertainty”? California isn’t already politically and economically dysfunctional? And it seems like the state bureaucracy would only benefit from a little upheaval.

You sit down at a restaurant, you have to eat dinner. There are things on the menu. You must eat one of them. Order the one you like the most.

    RebaZar in reply to lhw. | August 15, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Larry Elder will not doom California. He will not sell out or be beholden to democrats or their cronies. Anyone here that believes Larry Elder would “doom” California, like Newsome and his bunch are already doing, doesn’t listen or know Larry Elder.

I don’t like Larry E but I agree he’s better than ANY Democrat

JusticeDelivered | August 15, 2021 at 5:12 pm

It would be hard for him to be worse than Newsom? Though I admit to thing that in other cases, and they just keep getting worse.

If you really want to see hopelessness behind a mask, look at this:

Where is fabled Gov Abbott? All of this in brazen defiance of the SCOTUS! Yet Abbott allows the courts to block his response? What a loser. It’s long past time Abbot acts as a governor and just takes control.

And where are the fabled “molon labe” Texans? “Don’t mess with Texas!” my ass. What nerve to keep bashing California. Yes, it’s bad here but never as bad as it is in Texas where most of the illegals are coming from.

How about dropping the parochial bigotry and start getting into the real fight!

    I completely get your anger and frustration, but yeah, Abbott, like any other government official (or person), is indeed beholden to court rulings. There is a process for this stuff, one we’ve seen play out time and time again, and the last thing Abbott (or anyone) should do is to ignore a court ruling. You know this, I know, and are just upset (which, again, I definitely get and share), but cooler heads must prevail.

    As to the rest of this thread, I am with you Phil. Every time I see someone type some variation of “Cali voted for this, so let them rot” or “Cali is a lost cause,” I kind of cringe. I live in Florida, and we came THIS CLOSE to have a crackhead pervert as our governor. If that had happened (praise the Good Lord that it did not), I would have been just as outraged as you are about some preening goober saying it was MY fault, that I got what I deserved, that Florida was a lost cause.

    Democrats never say that. They always fight. And they keep at it until they win . . . that’s why I fear for Florida and I have every sympathy for Cali conservatives. The left fights and keep chipping away, while the right picks up its toys and goes home with their stompy feet and pouty lips.

    All that said, there is some truth to the “they voted for this crap, let them live with it” line of thought. Just look at every single debased and defiled Democrat-run city; they vote again and again and again for these commie monsters. Tough to see how they don’t deserve the government they elect and re-elect for decades and rarely even complain about (until the feces and needles, the homelessness and violet crime make them look around long enough to plan their escape).

      “All that said, there is some truth to the “they voted for this crap, let them live with it” line of thought.”

      Maybe so … but I’m calling Bull Shit.

      In the 54 years I’ve been living in CA … IMO for the most part our choices for candidates are between Shit and Shinola. There are rarely good candidates here in any party.

      nordic_prince in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 16, 2021 at 12:09 am

      You could say the same thing about Illinois. Outside of $#!+cago and the collar counties, Illinois is fairly solid conservative. The problem, of course, is $#!+cago and its looong history of corruption. The Machine is the 800 lb gorilla in the room that ensures the dead come back to life every election day and secures $#!+cago’s place as the carbuncle on the arse of the Land of Lincoln. There are plenty of us who vote against crap like Prickster and King Madigan, but there’s just no way we can compete with the dead vote.

      To make matters worse, the IL GOP is a complete joke that constantly fights against real conservatives and ensures that their hand-picked RINOs win the primaries so they can be the fall guys in November. And naturally these milquetoast party leaders will not do a damn thing about Voter ID or election reform, so the well-oiled Machine keep humming along, grinding everything in its path.

    gonzotx in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Abbott is a RINO he knows the courts will not support him
    And it is past time to defy the Federal law that had abandoned the cut it of this Country and are now importing diseased persons to kill us off
    And yes, my friends fully vaccinated father caught the delta 3 weeks ago amd is dead in Austin!
    It. Is. Time…

      So sorry for your friend’s loss, gonzotx. I’m not the scientist here, Leslie is, but I didn’t even know there was a test for the Delta variant. Was your friend tested with some kind of variant-specific test? Sincerely curious here, since this is not my forte.

I saw a picture of the ballot: it has about 50 Republicans on it.

“Just vote no. You don’t even have to touch the other part. The other part is irrelevant. Don’t even touch it. Simple no. This is about the easiest ballot you ever had to fill out. Just vote no. No on the recall,” said Newsom.

Good advice. Anyone who plans to vote to keep Newsome, don’t vote on his replacement. That way if he is recalled, none of the Democrats will have a chance of replacing him. Excellent thinking, that.

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | August 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I thought the deal was that anybody who voted no on the first half didn’t get his second half counted anyway.

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | August 16, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      Nope. That would make no sense. See the Recall Procedures Guide

      At the election, voters will decide whether or not to recall the officer and, if there is a candidate, will also choose a successor if the recall is successful.

      The recall election shall be conducted, canvassed, and the results declared in substantially the manner provided by law for a regular election for the office.
      Elections Code § 11328)

      At every recall election […] the following question shall be asked: “Shall [name of officer sought to be recalled] be recalled (removed) from the office of [title of office]?” To the right of this question shall be the words “Yes” and “No” on separate lines with an enclosed voting space to the right of each.
      (Elections Code § 11320)


      If a majority of the votes on a recall proposal are “Yes,” the officer is removed and, if there is a candidate, the candidate who receives the highest number of votes is the successor to the unexpired term of the recalled officer.
      (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec. 15; Elections Code §§ 11381(c), 11384, 11385)

      If one-half or more of the votes at a recall election are “No,” the officer sought to be recalled shall continue in office.
      (Elections Code § 11383)


He’s to the right of Donald Trump. To the right of Donald Trump.

Yes, he is. Trump was never particularly right-wing. It’s like if you were trying to show that someone is very left-wing, radically left-wing, and you said “He’s even to the left of Susan Collins. To the left of Susan Collins!”

I’m now a California refugee who fled to Idaho in May, wish I was there to vote for Mr. Elder. I circulated a recall petition and went to a recall rally at the HB pier last year, I felt I needed to do something, but didn’t really think it could happen. I’m still not terribly optimistic, Democrats will print, copy and harvest ballots as needed to keep Gruesome in office.

    Milhouse in reply to jimincalif. | August 16, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    If you haven’t yet officially told CA that you moved, apply for a postal ballot to be sent to your new address, where you are currently staying.

      jimincalif in reply to Milhouse. | August 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      We actually sent in voter cancellation forms, for a few reasons – 1. We don’t actually live there anymore so should not be voting there, 2. We don’t want FTB arguing that because we voted we must still be CA residents and owe CA tax on our income, and 3. We didn’t want any “helpful” Democrats voting for us.

The Real Truth | August 16, 2021 at 9:35 am

I hope that the recall of Newsom goes through is not FRAUDULENT like our last Presidential election.

Hey LATimes, go sell your silly, non-logical clap-trap to the millions of small working class business owners who lost every cent they put into building a business over 10-20 years and more: The barbers, hair salons, restaurants, janitors, tile setters, painters.

Some businesses were struggling to hang on due to the great-big-fat-deals Amazon was given to locate their warehouses in certain cities. They went under, but Amazon…made about an extra Billion $$$$$$$$.

And, with all competition shoved out the cockpit door, the 3 evil-darth-vaders of our days, Twitter, Facebook, and Goggle, joined in a death-pact with the Democrats to take away our free-speech rights, while they work together to steal every election.

As far as the main-stream media goes? That’s easy! There is simply NO, NADA, ZIPPO, NONE!! They don’t exist.

But, there is HOPE! We can see every despicable plan these Marxist Democrats, who believe they are Royalty, have in store for us. And we can stop this one, right here in California, right now!



I’ve said before that the main thing in this recall election is simply to remove Gavin Newsome from the governor’s office. As the old saying goes, “If you’re in a hole, the best thing you can do is stop digging.” As long as Newsome is in office, the excavator is working.

Who replaces him is important, but his replacement will be fighting an uphill battle. The Left has had the better part of thirty years to screw things up in that state and it’s not going to get fixed overnight. With the possible exception of a brief honeymoon period, whoever replaces Governor Hairgel will be faced with a hostile legislature with a Democrat super-majority and an administrative bureaucracy the Left has had more than thirty years to usurp, and they’ll all be working against the new governor.