Leading up to his confession, Lockyer had told the group that, following his new marriage and the birth of his infant son, he was a changed man. He even recited a poem ("Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold,
which calls for true love in a world that offers beauty but no certitude). It was a quintessential California moment: new wife, new baby, new politics. Apparently, the A.G. is too happy to endure what he earlier had dubbed Davis' "puke politics."
Lockyer called the Davis 2002 strategy "the politics of subtraction,'' as it entailed deliberately running a campaign so dirty that voters would stay home.
"These aren't smart bombs," said Lockyer. They don't just make one group cynical; they taint the whole neighborhood. So Lockyer decided to go for the candidate who offered something different. In his words, "hope."
I don't care if Lockyer was being opportunistic (as most insiders suspect) or genuine. At least the A.G. got the message of the recall: Californians want more results, less carping. And they want to be heard above the dangerous din of the almighty dollar.