In the Republican race for governor of the once Golden State of California, one should think that Meg Whitman of E-bay fame should win in a cake walk. I mean, the polling data, such as it is, shows her in a commanding lead over the state Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner.
But Mrs. Whitman has had to spend upwards of $70,000,000 dollars-yes $70,000,000 dollars-just to get this far in the Republican primary. Mr. Poizner is taking a more traditional route of waiting to unload close to the June primary. And again, while there is little reliable polling, it seems to be working.
The issues that Mr. Poizner is front loading are that taxes are too high. Mr. Poizner wants an across the board tax cut while Mrs. Whitman wants what she refers to as "targeted" tax cuts. Sounds kind of like favoring one group over another. Almost like a Democrat. The second is that the state can not afford continuing to pay for the federal government not taking responsibility regarding illegal immigration.
Most important is that Mr. Poizner is out front in saying what a Republican candidate should be saying. That elect him, it will not be a third Benedict Arnold term.
As I have noted in earlier posts, whoever wins the Republican nod has to run against the so-called Republican governor. And it looks like Mr. Poizner will do so.
Let me be blunt.
Neither of the candidates is the kind of conservative I would like, but Mr. Poizner is closer than Mrs. Whitman. And that is why I will vote for Mr. Poizner in June.
Californians do not like any perception of someone so blatantly buying a political office. And Mrs. Whitman has been doing just that. Again, Mr. Poizner is taking a more traditional route.
The poll numbers will move more in Mr. Poizner's direction as he continues to pound the defects in Mrs. Whitman and her campaign.
I think that Steve Poizner is in for a big upset and will be the Republican nominee for governor in California. Hopefully the Whitman supporters will rally and realize that the real enemy is Democrat retread former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown.