Yes, I even participated in that thread, saying almost the same thing that I have been saying on here. It’s not about the language, for chances of such a referendum to succeed are none, as you have pointed out here and as Ushakov repeated in his op-ed piece. I for one wholeheartedly support Latvian as the only state language in Latvia.
Also, one must keep in mind how this signature drive come about. VL! launched a signature drive for support of a law that would allow the State to fund public schools where only Latvian is the language of instruction. The organizers of the second state language signature drive didn’t hide the fact that their initiative is in direct response to the Lettish nationalists’ push. Then, the Linderman and Company bickered over when to submit the signatures and decided to wait until after the parliamentary election. Ultimately, it was the right decision as I suspect many will protest against the way the predominantly Russian party was treated during the coalition talks. Urbanovics in the interview to Radio Baltcom a while ago said that their goal is to compromise on everything with the Lettish parties, so that they would have the “moral right” to blame the other parties for what is happening.
PS This morning I read an editorial in the Russian-language newspaper Segodnya, published on Nov. 18, 1925, the 7th independence anniversary. Some of what it said back then is very much applicable today. Maybe I will get around to translating it for the independence day.