It leaves us with an easy guess as to what the real agenda is with this referendum.
Professor Dow merits unstinting praise for his honesty in letting us know a key fact California voters should bear in mind: That the moment the ink is dry on the death penalty repealer, with its solemn and politically essential promise that these killers will never see the outside of a prison again, a determined push will be underway to deep-six that pledge.
Not that this kind of bait-and-switch razzle-dazzle should come as any surprise. The whole abolitionist schtick is to feign concern for victims ("closure" and related quasi-psychobabble), plus, nowadays, a long speech about cost. But the name of the game is the same as ever -- to ensure that the killer gets as close to no punishment is possible. (This is one reason a standard line at sentencing is, "My client is not the same person who did that awful deed," -- ergo punish someone else).
Prof. Dow does not just California but the entire country a service by showing us what the real agenda is here, and it goes well beyond death penalty repeal. Voters should understand what's coming up next when they cast their ballots this November. As Prof. Dow has tipped us off, it's already in the oven.