The phone doesn’t stop ringing. Volunteers, mostly Democratic, are dialling endless lists of phone numbers to encourage people to vote and to talk about propositions most Californians can’t be bothered to know anything about. Unless it’s Prop 19 which threatens to make us the first state with legalized marijuana for recreational use. Come Tuesday, the mailbox will stop being stuffed like a turkey at Thanksgiving with all manners of pamphlets which immediately migrate to the recycling bin.
All in all, it’s been a pretty interesting race, chock-a-block with women in a catfight. Will Carly Fiorina, breast cancer survivor and Hewlett-Packard destroyer, manage to unseat the unflappable Speaker of the House, Barbara Boxer? And will Meg Whitman, of e-Bay fame and with seemingly bottomless coffers, beat beatnik former Governor Jerry Brown? Just because I am not eligible to vote doesn’t mean I don’t follow the twists and turns of a state campaign that has proven more intricate than the Housewives of Orange County – and just as mean.
Most likely, on Tuesday night, California will remain a stalwart Democratic stronghold and Ms. Fiorina and Ms. Whitman will be left wondering where all their money went. What appeared as dead heat races are now proving to have both Democrats in the lead, not a huge one but a fairly comfortable one. Assuming pollsters have it right. God knows what people say when their phone rings for nth time and are asked to answer a few questions. Take me, for example. I used to say I wasn’t a citizen which translated in the pollster not even bothering to wish me a nice a day and hang up faster than Ottie runs after a bird. Now, if I am in the right mood, I will actually 1. pick up the phone and 2. answer questions as if I were voting. So, now you know how polls can skew totally wrong.
After watching the first Gubernatorial debate and ingesting way too many negative ads to the point I am now fearful of switching the tv on, I formed my personal opinions which matter nothing in practicality but I will voice to whomever will ask – pollsters included. But, political platforms and economic measures aside, this is California and image has to matter to a certain extent. Not that politicians ever seem clued in to what would look good on them or how fashion works (unless it’s Italian politicians). The First Lady has been a nice and welcome change, a woman in her 40’s who actually possesses some style and whose personal tastes are reflected in what she wears – mostly good. As to the rest, it’s Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits.
Still, my question is – how can you have 140 million dollars to sink into a gubernatorial campaign but can’t spend a few hundreds on a decent haircut?? I am talking to you, Meg Whitman. And how come nobody around you has the sense to let you know that talking points alone won’t win you the race? Sad to say, you have to look appealing. A lesson that Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle are riding on. And one you might want to consider next time around.