The podiums now ﬁlled, answers rehearsed but what did UC Davis tell us?
s an interesting kind of aura about politicaldebates. They generally will give you the impressionof what the candidate will be like in ofﬁce.Many people ﬁnd the previous statement to be quiteodd, but then again: the Governor of California will becontinually asked questions by the media and theiranswers, while appearing to be extemporaneous, aretruly rehearsed.This is a look inside the potential Governors ofCalifornia:
Across the moonbeam with Jerry Brown
s start with this fact: September was a good monthfor Meg Whitman. She made huge gains in pollsagainst Jerry Brown while simultaneously putting himagainst Bill Clinton in a venue she could not haveasked for.Brown
s remarks at UC Davis, and over the month ofSeptember show something: he
s not focused. No oneDemocrat in their right mind would shut out Bill Clintonas a good president (some Republicans wouldn
teither)This was the beginning of Brown
s lack of focus, hegoes after the patron saint of Democratic values in avery ugly way (not policy, but character).Naturally, his actions throughout the debate made himseem as if “Governor Moonbeam” never left. He wascoarse, defensive and explicit numerous times(enough times to make a point). His entire platformhas been ripped from the 1970s and 80s. Regardless,he is going to have to project a better image as “aleader” rather than the guy who saw the Governorshipas Hometown Buffet.Final Note: Never directly quote lines STRAIGHT fromyour stump speech/campaign announcement video.Come up with a new soundbite people want to hear.
Beyond the Pant Suits of Meg Whitman
September was her month, but October is around thecorner and Meg has to continue to work hard. She gota huge break in the Bill Clinton ad (an integral point inher debating on Tuesday).