Debra J. Saunders

At some point, the GOP will have to bend. Then comes Problem No. 2: Because of the recall, Davis needs government employee unions now more than ever. Friday Davis noted, "There is an independent group of firefighters and police officers, teachers, environmentalists" fighting the recall. "I'm vaguely aware of what they do, but they're generally independent."

"Vaguely aware." I love a good laugh.

Davis is faring poorly because voters rightly believe he is beholden to special interests. As a lame duck, however, Davis is in a position to short his benefactors -- except that now they're the only folks fighting to stop the effort to oust him.

If he sticks it to labor, Gumby will lose a chunk of his support. If he doesn't stick it to unions, he won't get a budget.

Davis is damned no matter which choice he makes. But voters are damned only one way -- if Gray Davis sticks to his old ways.

Debra J. Saunders

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