As noted here yesterday, the referendum filed Tuesday in an effort to block rogue Clackamas County commissioners' actions may be subject to legal manuvers capable of disabling or killing it, but no matter what happens, the political careers of the rogues are over. Even the folks at The Zero understand it:
The ballot-box battle may or may not work, but it certainly is good drama. More importantly, it's evidence that democracy is alive and well. Clackamas commissioners invited this battle by committing $25 million in public funds to a project loathed by many of their constituents. Those constituents responded by using the tools at their disposal.
"Now that county voters are ready to take away the light rail credit card, commissioners want to rack up $20 million before they lose it."
Like so many today in Oregon politics, they don't believe in representation - they believe that it is their duty to impose their vision upon the great unwashed masses, whom they so obviously hold in contempt. It will be refreshing to see them unceremoniously dumped in the coming elections.