Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the California Recall. At the time it seemed like a big deal. People got the chance to vote for Gary Coleman. It did the Terminator elected governor of a state. This statewide election was covered by media outlets across the country.
Now, no one outside of California even batted an eye. I doubt many people in the Golden State thought much about it. Did commentators on MSNBC, FOX News, or CNN mention it at all yesterday? I didn’t hear any.
For all of the hoopla and hype did it really mean anything in the long run? Doesn’t seem like it. Is there a lesson in all of this?
If anything it is that what seems so critical in one bizarre moment people can do things that in retrospect seem completely insane. Looking at the current fight over the debt ceiling and Obamacare I would not be surprised if in ten years we take the same attitude people take now to electing the Governator.