Some devotees of the Dianne-ex-machina ploy go further. As they tell the tale, Feinstein may well commit to appoint Angelides to fill her Senate seat if she becomes governor. Angelides, who has raised considerable money for Feinstein’s previous campaigns, is the most creative, accomplished progressive in statewide office — indeed, along with New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, he’s the outstanding non-gubernatorial Democratic statewide official in the land. With Angelides in the Senate, the way would be clear for Lockyer, at least, to have an easier time of it in the 2006 gubernatorial contest. Moreover, there’s a collective uneasiness that, absent this kind of understanding, Angelides — whose ambition is as large as his liberalism — may put himself on the recall-succession ballot anyway. “Lockyer will take one for the team,” says one Democratic lobbyist. “Angelides won’t.”
I haven’t even gotten to the Republicans, and two more people have just come over to ask me about the recall. Such is my life these days. And so long as this madness persists, hell is other people, and the devil incarnate, as Sartre neglected to note, is Darrell Issa, the Republican dweeb who inflicted this recall on us all.