They call it the summer doldrums, the dog days, and it is truly a nightmare for anyone in the 24/7 world of news. Nothing is happening in congress, nothing is happening at the White House, the europeans are all on holiday, no football or basketball, in short no news. Otherwise insignificant stories get blown up and obtain traction for days, simply because there is nothing else out there. The 16 words and Kobe both have gotten more time than they deserve because of this factor. Now what has happened? Only the biggest political event since the 2000 Florida election. The California recall, answer to a newsman's dreams. This promises to be the political equivalent of Wrestlemania. Take a quirky recall statue, an amazingly unpopular governor, some determined opposition and you suddenly have a short fuse election battle that will make Bush/Gore look like Andy Griffin reruns. The Republican side will no doubt feature a cast of big name politicians like Riordan and Kemp, some aggressive younger faces like the irrepresible Dan Issa and Michael Huffington, plus your favorite Terminator. On the other side, ambitious democrats face a truly daunting dilemma, stand behind their governor or take what might be their only chance to grab the brass ring. One surprising candidate has already surfaced, though no one doubts her ambition, Arriana Huffington. As Mickey Kaus notes on MSN, if she or anyone with a pulse actually enters on the democrat side, it could trigger a stampede of democrats eager to replace Davis. The election is set for the first week of October, neatly filling in the time until the new TV season begins and NFL divisional races start to take shape. Prepare for nonstop, wall to wall coverage.