Brown Funny, Whitman Smart

Steven Greenhut: The debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman actually is one of the better political debates I’ve seen in a while. The questions have, as expected, tilt slightly left, but they are pretty much as expected. Questions surround the budget, the campaign ads, pensions, the death penalty, etc. Whitman’s answered are polished and sophisticated. She clearly shows a better grasp of the issues than Brown. Substance-wise, both candidates agree on the need for fiscal discipline. But Brown continues to hammer millionaires and billionaires and absurdly insists that Green Jobs are the full answer for the state’s economy. Whitman is doing a good job pushing for a better tax and regulatory climate and making the case for pension reform and budget control.

Basically, Whitman is proving herself to be knowledgeable and up to the job, albeit a bit stiff and programmed. Brown is showing himself to be non-threatening — i.e., in vowing to uphold the death penalty law even though he opposes the death penalty. He insists that he is tight with the budget. These are things he needs to do. But it’s pretty much as expected. Brown is funny and a bit nutty, but in a refreshing shoot-from-the-hip way. Whitman spouts soundbites and three-point plans, but she does know her stuff and the plans she details are serious and sensible.

So far, I’d have to say it’s a draw.

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  1. Montana
    Montana 28 September, 2010, 19:58

    Could it be that these two republican women are falling in the polls because they look better on paper than in real life or are people finding out who they real are? Lets face it Carly Fiorina was basically fired from HP, but not before she sent HP USA jobs overseas. California has already tried a so-called outsider Independent Republican, his name Arnold Schwarzenegger, we all know how that turned out. Meg Whitman, thinks she can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if she real cared and loved California then why not do your civil duty and vote, seems she is more rhetoric than anything (in good times we would give her a try but not in our disaster mode that we are in). She is finding out that California is not for sale and that you can’t buy everything! What a waste of money!

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