California Governor's race

What if Meg just quit campaigning?

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The more money Meg Whitman spends, the worse she does in the polls. More than $150 million, and she's in worse shape than she was six months ago. At least, that's what the LA times says. And while that's clearly the most optimistic poll around, the signs aren't looking good for Whitman.

In fact, the smartest thing she could do now is to quit campaigning. Seriously: The more money she spends, the less people like her. Disappear and hope for low turnout -- that's her only hope.Read more »

How Team Whitman blew the housekeeper story

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The folks at Calbuzz are asking the same questions that have been bothering me for a while now: How could Team Whitman, with its legions of high-paid political consultants, have bungled the Nicky Diaz story so badly?

If her campaign team knew about the problem a year ago (and she swears she told her consultants), why didn't they go public themselves, control the damage and eliminate the story as an October Surprise?

Calbuzz:Read more »

Jerry v. Meg: Reality and the robot

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I watched the Brown-Whitman debate on TV, and I had an eerie Nixon-Kennedy experience. On the tube, Whitman looked .... creepy. That fake, plastic smile and the strictly scripted talking points made her appear almost robotic. I kept thinking about the employee she allegedly abused and I wonder if she had that same scary expression on her face when she pushed around and fired people.Read more »

The more Whitman spends, the more people hate her

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Johnny Angel and I have been talking about this trend for months, and now there's evidence to support our conclusion: Meg Whitman's massive blitz of campaign ads is doing her more harm than good.

From Calitics:Read more »

The good news for Jerry Brown

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The press is all over the latest Field Poll, which shows Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in a dead heat.  And it's no surprise that, thanks to a campaign that thus far has been almost entirely negative, voters aren't particularly thrilled with either candidate.Read more »

Weird Uncle Jerry

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I'm starting to feel as if Jerry Brown is that strange old uncle who comes over for dinner and says things that make you cringe -- and you can't really tell if he's just a loveable old character, a bright guy with a weird sense of humor, or someone who's completely losing his marbles.

Check this out: First he makes a very valid, even insightful statement that's right on target:Read more »

Was Meg Whitman verbally or physically abusive?

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Either way, the question spells trouble for the Whitman campaign.