Californians are used to earthquakes. But this one's different. In fact, it has so rattled the political landscape in the Golden State that it has the state's political establishment running for the doorjambs and stocking up on canned goods. It's dawning on them: This could be The Big One.
I'm talking, of course, about the snowballing effort to oust Gov. Gray Davis in a special recall election. What just a few short weeks ago seemed like little more than a summer diversion for bored, angry and powerless California Republicans is now looking like an inevitability.
All across the state, Democratic leaders are emitting a collective groan as they realize that Davis will now be forced to face the wrath of vengeful voters incensed over the state's $38 billion budget deficit