Democrats playing dirty to save Newman from recall – Orange County Register

SACRAMENTO — Those of us who follow elections know that “politics ain’t beanbag.” That was the saying from the fictional Mr. Dooley, an Irish-accented character created by newspaper columnist Finley Peter Dunne in the late 19th century. In other words, politics is a rough-and-tumble process. Those who play that game better be tougher than those who play children’s games.

But even such tough pastimes need to have some ground rules. Candidates and activists who behave disreputably — or cheat at the game — ought to have their bad behavior exposed. We can always hope that voters, in their collective wisdom, will punish those politicians who put their raw pursuit of power over standards of common decency.

Voters in north Orange County, and parts of nearby Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, may soon have a chance to express their feelings at the way the California…

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