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Editor’s Notebook: It worked for the Lincoln-Douglas debates

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The Arlington County Civic Federation tonight holds its annual candidate forum, which for the second year in a row will be presented in an online format owing to, well, you know.

Sometime over the summer I had a brainstorm, but then forgot to offer it to the Civic Federation leadership. It might have been accepted, it might not have been, but I regret not at least passing it along.

My suggestion: Hold the forum outdoors under the stars at Lubber Run Amphitheatre. Would have been a nice venue (depending on the weather) and people would have gotten to see the candidates in the flesh, rather than in boxes like they were “Brady Bunch” family members.

Ah well, best-laid plans …

FEARLESS PREDICTION: The votes will soon be tallied in the California gubernatorial recall, and despite not having followed the race much at all, I’m going to make a prediction: Newsom survives, winning 55 percent of the vote.

(In other words, 55 percent of the electorate will vote “no” to the recall.)

If that transpires, Democrats will publicly celebrate but privately start shaking and quaking, because a mere 10-point margin in a state like California suggests the political landscape is shifting in the post-Trump era.

Doesn’t mean California’s going to turn Republican anytime soon, and may have something to do with the fact that Newsom is so darn unlikeable even to many Democrats, but it also could mean that the public is swinging back a little to the center. As Bob Dylan put it: You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

We’ll see. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Newso-lini scores a 20-point victory. Far more unlikely is the possibility he is ousted. But hey, that’s why we (still) hold elections in this country, right?

– Scott McCaffrey

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