All that said, should we be encouraging progressive Democrats to enter the field? If Davis ends up challenged by a strong Republican like Arnold, I’d say we need to look very hard at encouraging a strong Democrat — singular, not plural — to take the plunge. To defend everyplace is to defend no place, Frederick the Great once proclaimed, and to run multiple candidates on this fershlugeneh recall ballot is equivalent to running none. And while I admire Arianna, she’s hardly the candidate who would keep other Democrats from running. Much as I like her, I dislike the prospect of a traffic jam on the left side of the recall ballot even more.
Not every crisis is an opportunity, after all. And whatever this recall may ultimately become, it sure as hell’s not going to be a magic bullet for the left.