Column: Newsom recall is serious — and may turn bizarre

Michael Smolens at The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Californians likely will soon be reminded that a recall vote bears little resemblance to a typical election.

If you weren’t around in 2003 when Gov. Gray Davis was recalled from office, be prepared for a new, bizarre yet very serious political experience.

Gov. Gavin Newsom appears certain to face a recall election later this year and once it qualifies for the ballot, as it is expected to do, the intense level of attention the campaign has received so far will pale in comparison to what comes next.

“May turn bizarre?” The race now includes a porn star and B-list Kardashian trans woman running in the anti-sex anti-trans party. I think we can call it weird now.