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.

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.

Jerry Brown. Grasshopper or Lotus Flower?

Tom Meyer.

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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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.