Aftermath: Kashkari faces tough battle with Brown

Aftermath: Kashkari faces tough battle with Brown

Aftermath stonesNow is the hard part for Neel Kashkari: Facing the formidable Gov. Jerry Brown. The Republican Kashkari finished second in yesterday’s Top Two primary, at 19 percent, well behind Brown’s 55 percent.

The first problem is that Brown currently is highly popular and is riding what I have called a “Morning in California” campaign. The state’s economy, although it has not fully recovered from the Great Recession, is doing much better than four years ago when Brown trounced another business executive who never had won a political race, Meg Whitman. And Kashkari doesn’t have the $178 million in personal money that billionaire Meg blew on her failed campaign.

So Kashkari will have difficulty gaining traction on the economy.

He pushed canceling the “crazy” high-speed rail project. Brown keeps including it in his budget.

But will that resonate with voters? I doubt it. But if it does, it would only help a little. And if, perchance, it endangered Brown, then the governor simply could cancel the project. He certainly would not sacrifice re-election to the train. So, again, it’s Brown who is in control of events, not Kashkari.

Kashkari is supposed to appeal to younger voters and immigrants, two groups vanquished GOP opponent Tim Donnelly supposedly offended. But there’s a flip side to that: The Tea Party voters that backed Donnelly likely won’t show up on election day. As yesterday’s plebiscite shows, the Tea Party is weak in California. But Kashkari needs every one of its voters showing up to vote for him in November to even have a chance.

That also was shown by the poor showing by Mitt Romney not just in California in 2012, but across the country: Tea Party voters just stayed home. Mitt’s endorsement of Kashkari is another reason for Tea Party voters to just stay plopped in front of the Boob Tube, watching reruns of “Gilligan’s Island” while swilling a bottle of Jack.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 June, 2014, 12:42

    Save the bucks….the party is over…..doomers get rolled and ruled again…..a shame….another rich cocktail party grazer is the loser.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 4 June, 2014, 16:54

      No Ahaul, Kash is going to play the race card, call Brown the man and seek to sell himself off as an Obamamite, hell he voted for Obama. It’s going to be dark skin against White skin, this election just got close!! 🙂

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      • Bud Led Ted S.
        Bud Led Ted S. 4 June, 2014, 19:59

        Why do u always have to inject race into the thread Duncey-Doinkey?

        Seems odd little buddy.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 4 June, 2014, 22:12

          I’m an American Indian TCS, I dislike all you invaders. 🙂

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          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 4 June, 2014, 22:28

            But why does a girl like you always have to inject race into everything?

          • Donkey
            Donkey 5 June, 2014, 06:14

            Why do you hate women my little parrot? 🙂

  2. Donkey
    Donkey 4 June, 2014, 13:20

    Looking forward to sending Brown out of town! Kash can play the race card on the old Whiteman get a win!! 🙂

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  3. BillyBS
    BillyBS 4 June, 2014, 15:30

    Golman Sachs, lloks like Pit Bull(rapper)…he is done.

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 4 June, 2014, 20:00

    Brown is a real Californian. Kashkari is a carpetbagger, ala Meg Whitman.

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 4 June, 2014, 22:10

    Dump the old White man for the repukes darker candidate, go Kash!!! 🙂

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    • Bud Led Ted S.
      Bud Led Ted S. 4 June, 2014, 22:30

      Another comment about race?
      It must be frustrating for you that no one else sees this in terms of race, no little buddy?

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      • Bill Gore
        Bill Gore 5 June, 2014, 07:07

        I totally agree with you, Mr. Bud Light Ted S.

        Cashcarry’s REAL ethnicity is Princeton/GSAX. Grow up folks, identity politics only works for democrat republicrat sellouts, not republican republicrat sellouts.

        If Cashncarry really really needs to play some kind of minority card he should freakin come out of the closet. That would be his ‘ace in the hole’….

        I mean, he looks like he just stepped off the stage with the Village People, for cryin out loud….

        If you fools vote for this creature, with his ‘proven record of leadership’ then you richly deserve the full GSAX/IMF/BANKSTER rape that will re-re-re-hypothecate every grain of sand in California.

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 June, 2014, 00:00

    Brown will win by 20 points….even trailer park doomers will vote for the only fair and balanced California governor in many years.

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  7. Hank
    Hank 5 June, 2014, 08:35

    If if he really WANTS to win, instead of just playing along I have some ideas. Ask Jerry questions that he cannot answer by responding about schools, rainy day fund and budget. Also make sure his wife is not there to feed him the answers and tell him where he is. Jerry IV is a one trick pony who is addled and nobody wants to point it out. Just remind him about our record for education, roads, credit rating and his “staff” who cannot master arithmetic.The earlier versions of Jerry had the opportunity to build water storage but was busy dreaming. Perhaps he could tell us how well the Hispanic or Black community has fared under his stewardship, clue dismal.
    Unfortunately the Cal Rep Party is full of wealthy malingerers who view politics as a hobby and participate with their money and therefore power, they are indifferent to winning.

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  8. Craig Powell
    Craig Powell 5 June, 2014, 09:27

    I appreciated your inclusion of the Giligan Island’s promo. Best part of my day so far. No Jack though.

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