In keeping with the lofty tone of the entire recall debate, a Web site that opposes the recall - www.oshpoosh.com - opens:
"As anyone with a TV, radio or Internet connection knows, a bunch of morons in California spent a fortune in time and money to enact a bizarre California Constitutional provision where a sitting governor can be recalled."
Obscure candidate Ned Roscoe is hoping for the support of California's 4 million smokers.
Roscoe is the president of Cigarettes Cheaper!, a national discount chain.
On his Smokers Party Web site - www.smokersparty.com - smokers are described as "the most abused minority in California.
"No politician would think of treating you badly because you are Asian, Hispanic or African-American. Homosexuals, Muslims, homeless and extremely large people are never targeted for tax increases," he argues.
Roscoe's top "attributes" for a gubernatorial run are listed as: 1. He has never run for public office; 2. He has never voted for a cigarette tax increase; 3. He has never voted for any restrictive cigarette laws.
In a photo with this manifesto, Roscoe is inexplicably shown leaning jauntily against what appears to be a plastic replica of a brontosaurus.
- Kevin Cowherd