Jerry Brown vs. Meg Whitman

Just watched some of last night’s Jerry Brown-Meg Whitman debate for California governor.

Whitman, a Republican and the former CEO of Ebay, should be kicking Brown’s ass. He’s a retread. He’s old. He already served as governor. People consider him to be nuts. And yet … and yet … and yet—he’s an insanely good debater, and Whitman—throughout the campaign—has come off as wooden and oddly dopey. Plus, she really screwed the pooch with that whole nanny thing. You can’t blast the employers of illegal immigrants and then, oops, employ an illegal immigrant. It’s also hard to call for cash breaks for the rich—when you’re a filthy rich sista in a phat car and a big ol’ house (or 10). Which isn’t to say Meg Whitman would make a bad governor. She’s obviously competent, and just because one sucks in a debate setting doesn’t mean she/he would be a poor state executive.

But the more I see Moonbeam Brown, the more I remember why I like him. He’s tough, feisty and seemingly real. He’s very liberal, which I dig, and unafraid to show it.

He’s got my vote.

Except I’m in New York.

2 thoughts on “Jerry Brown vs. Meg Whitman”

  1. “She’s obviously competent…” Yeah, a real fiscal conservative who will spend close to 200 million of her own money in primary and general election campaigns to buy the office. Also, a wonderful management style if you like tyrants.

  2. anythAs someone who lives in California, I’m trying to follow this race as closely as I can. I look at it largely as which is the lesser of two evils, since I’m not convinced either of them could do an outstanding job (not that it’d be their fault; Sacramento is a mess).

    I watched their first debate and Whitman didn’t impress me. She didn’t say anything I hadn’t already heard a million times in her commercials, and Brown impressed me. I read most of the transcript from their second debate (here in Fresno!), which happened right after the news broke regarding Whitman’s housekeeper, and you can tell it got testy in a hurry. The whole thing reminds me of a bizarro verison of the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debates I read about in history class.

    I’d rather trust the guy who’s been there before because, as far as I’m concerned, he’s got a clean slate with me. I wasn’t even born the first time he was governor. Whitman seems to think you can run a state like you can run a business, which in reality is a fantasy because politicians aren’t working with/for anyone but themselves.

    Also, someone mentioned that Whitman looks like Ben Franklin. Now the comparison is inescapable.

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