If you’re a Californian with over 20 years in the state, you don’t have to pay much attention to the video replays to know that Jerry Brown was light years ahead of Meg Whitman in Tuesday’s debate.
Simply put, Meg Whitman came off as a policy wonk with bad hair, whereas Jerry Brown appeared as an experienced elected official who knows how California works.
Take the exchange on the California Budget. Whitman talked about ideas, as in when she said that she would start the budget process earlier. But Brown talked specific actions beyond a start date.
Jerry said that he would have each legislator go through their budget and look for areas to cut. In short, former Governor Brown is more comfortable talking about how to make the California government work than Meg Whitman is.
On the subject of Illegal Immigration Meg Whitman’s problem of not understanding the system of California operation comes up again. Brown favors a path to legalization, whereas Meg Whitman does not.
But then Meg says something confusing. She says that she doesn’t favor a path to legalization, but then says we all know illegal aliens are here “for the jobs.” So making them legal allows them to get a job; not doing so just perpetuates the cycle of deportation and return to America.
There are other examples, but the overall result is Jerry Brown is more comfortable with himself and with dealing with California’s problems. Let’s face it. Meg Whitman hasn’t done that. But the Former eBay CEO has another problem: her appearance.
Someone has to say this, so it might as well be this blogger: Meg Whitman’s hair looked awful. It seemed frayed and her eyes looked tired. Meg has looked better before and it could be the rigors of the campaign have caught up to her. A pair of glasses would have made a big difference in Whitman’s appearance for the debate. One commenter wrote that Whitman looked like “Hagatha.”
Whatever the case, Meg Whitman could benefit from a good makeover. In fact, so can the State of California. The perception here is Jerry Brown – who doesn’t need a makeover and one can argue already got one while he was Mayor of Oakland – is better for the job of California Governor than Meg Whitman.