Sunday, March 1, 2009

California's Governor Race

From the looks of it, the next California governor will be either eBay's former CEO Meg Whitman or Tom Campbell. I hope it's Tom Campbell--he seems very reasonable and has experience as a professor, lawyer, and politician. I like Meg Whitman, too, but Arnold (unfortunately) showed that California politics is too much of an insider's game to favor hard-charging corporate types.

In any case, I am sure most Californians are sick of politics as usual after the budget fiasco, so perhaps we'll get an exciting dark horse candidate. No matter whom Californians elect, the state's main problem is that voters keep approving expensive propositions. For the last time, we don't have any money. Smart Californians should vote "no" on every proposition until California has a budget surplus and can afford to do nice things.


Anonymous said...

I noticed that you didn't mention any Dems. What about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom? People love him. I heard him speak at a rally last year and he was awesome.

Then there's Jerry Brown. He's been the backbone of California liberal politics. Yes, he was governor a long time ago. However, that doesn't preclude him from running again. And it seems like his momentum keeps growing.

And finally, there's LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. I think in this era of Obama, he might have a real chance of being our next governor.

Anonymous said...

On Newsom, "People love him" ?? Yeah, both people. Even here in loony-left SF,Newsom is despised by all sides except those who rank gay issues above all others. Newsom couldn't be elected dogcatcher any more.