ARNOLD WINS….So it looks like the recall has passed and Arnold is the new governor. Kos comments:

In the end, it doesn’t look like it was close. Arnold is the new governor of California.

For six months.

With all due respect, can I beg everyone to please not go there? Trying to mount a recall against Arnold would be bad for California, bad for the Democratic party, and only distracts attention from the bigger task at hand: electing a Democrat to the White House in 2004. It’s time for the circus to stop.

This is one time that we should accept defeat graciously and turn our attention to more important things. Remember, anger is only useful if it’s focused and channeled on something worthwhile, and recalling Arnold isn’t it. Let’s not blow it.

UPDATE: Well, so far the comments are running pretty strongly in favor of all-out war. I don’t actually have a big problem with that, but I’d prefer that the war be fought on a national stage, not here in California. Trying to recall Arnold would be doomed to failure anyway, and I’d rather see all this rage focused on the guy who really deserves it: George W. Bush.

Eyes on the prize, folks, eyes on the prize. I don’t actually care all that much who the governor of California is ? and I live here! ? but nothing in this world would give me more pleasure than to see George Bush sent packing back to Crawford next November, never to be heard from again. That’s the goal to keep front and center.

UPDATE 2: Plus, to be honest, I really don’t want California to be a continual war zone. We really do have some problems to solve here, and running two recall campaigns a year isn’t going to help us do it.