Debra J. Saunders

My libertarian-leaning side supports gay marriage, but a governor shouldn't impose new laws on voters who recently rejected them. Use persuasion, not blunt force. No Davis observer can watch this act without seeing it as a billboard that announces Davis will stick it to most voters if it helps him woo an interest group he thinks he needs.

I truly don't understand it: Davis needs the support of a portion of the 27 percent of Democrats who say they want to recall him -- yet Tuesday he dismissed them as right-wing nuts. Davis needs more than half of voters to choose to retain him. Yet, in his desperation, The Grayinator publicized his willingness to cross the majority of voters.

If Davis understood the fury underpinning the recall craze, he would have promised voters that he would become a statesman, a leader, a politician ready to buck pet constituents for the greater good. Instead, Davis decided to ditch the statecraft, as if the solution is to become an even craftier politician.

It was easier to defend Davis against a recall when he simply was a bald-faced opportunist. Tuesday Davis said the recall was "bigger than California" -- - which shows he can't distinguish between the state and his oversized ego.

Debra J. Saunders

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