‘I’ll recall any politician, I hate them all’: California beats ‘Candid Camera’ for farce

I’ve done two separate “Candid Camera” experiments regarding recall elections, and though I consider both funny, neither matches the absurdity being generated by California’s upcoming challenge to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Near Columbia University in New York a few years ago, I dispatched my son, Danny, with recall petitions listing several city officials – but all the names were fictitious. We made them up. “I’ll recall any politician,” said one man as he eagerly signed. “I hate them all.”.

Another passerby was a law professor who explained that he taught students never to sign anything unless they were “en pleine connaissance de cause” (“in full knowledge of the matter”). However, he told Danny, “I’m going to assume that your heart is on the right side.” And he signed!

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