DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe is saying that no Democrat will run on the ballot to replace embattled California Governor Gray Davis. This would seem to squash speculation that someone like Senator Barbara Boxer would run to replace Davis on a California recall ballot.
Despite the spin from the Democrats, the replacement of Davis is almost a fait accompli. Davis is hugely unpopular, and even with legal challenges of the recall petition it is very doubtful that even if the initial petition is thrown out, another one wouldn’t succeed.
Right now all eyes are on Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is thought to be eyeing the California governorship. Schwarzenegger is a fiscal conservative who would enforce fiscal sanity in Sacramento but a social moderate that can’t be ripped to shreds by the more liberal Californian voters. It remains to be seen if Schwarzenegger will run, although the conventional wisdom says he likely will. If so, Davis and the Democrats will be "terminated"