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The crazy old uncle now has commanding lead over the iceberg

Jerry Brown is now 10 points ahead of Meg Whitman, in what is a quite extraordinary resurgence.

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California governor’s race. The nutty uncle vs the calculating iceberg

CalWatchdog, an investigative journalism site that tilts rightward, weighs in on the governor’s race.

[Meg Whitman] says she’s willing to stake a fortune on a candidacy in order to save the state. I just can’t figure what ideas she has that will dramatically reform the state. It’s that authenticity thing again. I have no doubt she would be better than Brown, but I have no hope that she would do anything more far-reaching than the current governor. She is inauthentic. The public sees this. Brown also lacks principle. He goes with the wind, except on a those issues where he is consistently wrong. But he is what he is — he comes across as authentic rather than as a carefully crafted, consultant-tested machine. He’s likable in the way that one likes one’s nutty old uncle. Whitman is cold, calculating, unlikable. These are bad choices at a crucial time.

Neither candidate has provided any coherent plans as to how they plan to solve the $19 billion California budget deficit or stop the deadlock in the California legislature. Sigh.

Based on recent polls, it looks like the nutty uncle will be the next governor of California.

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Jerry Brown rebounds in California governor’s race

My latest for CAIVN. Just when everyone including me thought maybe Jerry Brown was down for the count, Meg Whitman stalls in the polls, and Brown starts coming on strong.

With environmental issues becoming major issues in the gubernatorial race, Brown’s stance will undoubtedly resonate with voters. After all, California has a 13 point advantage for Democrats: 44% are registered Democrats, and 31% are Republican. Plus, the PPIC poll shows that for those whom environmental issues are important, 50% favor Brown and just 16% Whitman.

Some are saying Whitman’s strategy of self-financing her campaign with a big push during the summer to cut into Brown’s constituency isn’t working. She hasn’t picked up any appreciable amount of new votes. Worse, the PPIC poll shows that 52% of voters say there should be a legal limit on what a candidate can spend on their campaign. So, perhaps there’s backlash brewing against Whitman and her spending $105 million of her own money so far on the campaign.

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Jerry Brown. Grasshopper or Lotus Flower?

Tom Meyer. meyertoons.com

Calbuzz on the ever-elusive and victory-by-being-pummeled California gubernatorial campaign of Jerry Brown

With anxious Democrats from one end of the state to the other wetting the bed over Krusty the General’s Sun Tzu fight-by-indirection approach to the battle for governor (“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious”) to be disquieting, if not downright scary. Meyer reports that Brown is nothing if not focused. What exactly it is he’s focused on is another issue.

Quick, someone wake up Jerry. Before eMeg locks up the race.

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Wall Street Whitman. Play the game!

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But, Meg Whitman is gaining in the polls now. Indeed, one new poll has her ahead of Jerry Brown in the race for California governor. The hard truth of the matter is that, aside from her being able to self-finance her campaign, jerry Brown is running a lackluster campaign, filled with missteps and goofs, while Whitman’s campaign is focused and disciplined. It’s really quite appalling. The election was Brown’s to lose and it appears he’s doing just that.

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As Whitman gains, Brown runs lackluster campaign

Surely you're not suggesting I need to talk about the issues?

Jerry Brown’s gubernational campaign in California is unfocused and he’s slipping in the polls. Part of the problem is eMeg’s deep pockets. But the truth is, Brown’s campaign so far has been lackadaisical and apparently unconcerned with the issues. Whitman, by contrast, is running a tight, disciplined campaign where she relentlessly stays on message. Brown doesn’t even appear to have a message and to date has said nothing about the California budget crisis.

My latest for CAIVN.

So far, Brown’s campaign has been, well, quirky. He’s made no statements on how he will handle the budget crisis, something Whitman has rightfully lambasted him for. He recently said he would “rock the boat” but not too much in an attempt to put the state on an even keel. That’s a nice cotton candy sound bite but it contains little substance. What will he do to get the state solvent again? That’s what we need to know.

And what is it with his campaign website? The homepage still features his announcement video, even though that’s ancient news, and has truly odd blurbs about his tires being stolen, his mother’s banana cake, and asks what theme song they should use for an upcoming “Recession Reception.” Um, those who have lost jobs and homes might not think the recession is something to be taken so apparently lightly.

Eli Stephens, in comments to our earlier post on Jerry Brown, says

Jerry Brown is a schmuck and about as inspiring as dry toast. The fact that he’s the best they could muster speaks volumes about the Democrats, who almost literally have nothing to offer the people of California.

Indeed. Out of ideas. Running on empty.

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It’s time for Jerry Brown to give in and get serious

The Democrat will have a hard time convincing voters that Meg Whitman’s ideas are not workable if he doesn’t have a better plan of his own.

It’s worse than that. Jerry Brown’s campaign website still has nothing about the California budget crisis. This is inexcusable.

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Whitman’s lead in California evaporating

Meg Whitman, billionaire founder of eBay, was ahead by 22 points just three weeks ago in the California Republican primary race. Now she leads opponent Steve Poizner by just two points.

Maybe you can’t be devoid of ideas and buy a governorship with your own money after all.

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Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman engage in political theater as California continues to collapse

The kerfuffle last week over the California Chamber of Commerce attack ad on Jerry Brown was not only an opening salvo in the expected race for governor between Attorney General Brown and eBay founder Meg Whitman, it also underscores concerns over campaign funding and financing in general.

The ad, paid for by the Chamber of Commerce through a front group called Enough Spending, attacked Brown for opposing Prop 13 when it was on the ballot, and for increasing spending. However, virtually all politicians then including Pete Wilson opposed Prop 13 as did most corporations – and the Chamber of Commerce themselves. That’s right; they attacked Brown for supporting something they themselves also supported at the time.

The Whitman campaign counter-attacked, saying Brown and his wife threatened companies who are chamber members with regulatory action unless the ad was pulled. Jerry Brown found it “remarkable” the ad was produced out-of-state when Whitman makes a big deal about wanting more jobs here. Both sides emphatically deny all charges and accuse the other side of scurrilous behavior. All of this makes for rousing political theater but really, is anything accomplished by this, or anyone’s views changed?

Instead of genuine ideas on how to fix this mess, we get arguments between the candidates over how money can be spent on campaigns. The general election for governor will probably be a mudslinger’s paradise, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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