Debra J. Saunders

Wednesday night at the recall candidates' debate, KTVU's Randy Shandobil asked Bustamante if he would allow tribes to build more casinos and expand slots.

Funny, but the Cruzinator was so busy talking about how much he respected the tribes, and how proud he was to be their buddy, that he forgot to answer Shandobil's question.

Bustamante did remember to mention that he's not rich. (OK, he owns a house, but as his campaign consultant has told reporters, it only has two bathrooms.) Because he wasn't rich, Bustamante explained, the tribes were ponying up big dollars because they were "showing their friendship by helping me in trying to basically level the playing field."

It was 1998 all over again.

Debra J. Saunders

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