Shy Meg

Nine days ago on this blog I noted that Meg Whitman was wrong in being afraid to debate opponent Steve Poizner.

The meme has gone viral, and my favorite California columnist, veteran Dan Walters, writes:

Tellingly, too, Whitman has shunned almost all debates, including one that the Republican Party wanted to stage at its upcoming state convention, although she and Poizner will appear before a gathering of fat-cat Republicans in Orange County soon thereafter.

Apparently, Whitman and her highly paid advisers believe she can coast to the Republican nomination just by spending tens of millions of dollars on TV and radio ads and making robotic appearances in friendly venues – and perhaps win the governorship the same way. There is, however, a phrase that describes that strategy – arrogant cowardice….

If Poizner cannot exploit her cowardice, Jerry Brown surely will.

Right. Although maybe it’s just shyness. Call her Shy Meg.

–John Seiler

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 16 February, 2010, 08:36

    You can’t blame her for being shy of media events. The last time she was caught unprepared she was video-taped praising the self-proclaimed revolutionary communist Van Jones.

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  2. Rogue Elephant
    Rogue Elephant 16 February, 2010, 08:38

    Her handlers are wrong to protect her. The Primary is supposed to be vetting process. By protecting her, they are setting up the GOP to send an unvetted candidate against Brown.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 17 February, 2010, 14:06

    Re: Meg Whitman vs. Jerry Brown

    Given what happened in 2003, when we last tried on-the-job training for a governor, one can only hope voters won’t go for it again.

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