How about not being morons in the first place?

Scott Walker and his fellow GOP governors in Ohio and Michigan are starting become the targets of recall efforts, and now through a friend in Maine I see that tea partying GOP Gov. Paul LePage (the one who likes to remove labor-oriented murals) is now the subject of a nascent movement to do the same. I have some sympathy for the midwestern electorate, who didn’t see Walker, Snyder, or Kasich really play up their anti-labor preferences during campaigning. But I can’t say the same for Mainers. LePage’s problems were obvious from the beginning.

It would be nice if the people who are now demanding recall as a solution to their state’s problems would devote some effort toward aggressive civic education to prevent these kinds of politicians from being elected in the first place. If voters actually gave ten seconds thought to what the tea partiers prefer, they’d be crushed every time at the ballot box. Yet you never see this kind of long game being proposed – instead everyone’s immediately fixated on the short-term and probably anti-progressive recall outcome whenever an elected official starts pursuing a radical agenda that was clearly evident to anyone who paid even the slightest bit of attention.

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