Meg Whitman’s Content-Free Ads Have Numbed Voters

Meg Whitman’s campaign staff must be confounded that the former corporate titan has lavished more than $100 million thus far on her quest to buy the California governorship, yet her tiny lead over Jerry Brown is well within the margin of error.

In contrast, Brown, who just released his first TV ad yesterday, has spent less than $1 million on his campaign as of Labor Day.

The purpose of heavy spending early in a campaign is to preemptively define one’s opponent negatively, thus knocking the opponent out of effective competition. Any credible big-spending candidate who has outspent her opponent by a stunning 100-to-1 margin should have generated a huge lead… say 15 points or more… and be cruising to easy victory in November.

But Democrat Jerry Brown and political neophyte Republican Meg Whitman are running neck-in-neck, which clearly indicates that Whitman’s campaign is in trouble.

Jerry Brown was likely dead-on correct when he told reporters yesterday, “People have stopped listening” to Meg Whitman… And there’s nothing worse for a political candidate (than) to have the voters stop listening. And she may have reached that point.”

Certainly, Whitman’s uncomfortably pretty campaign ads are content-free, and, as Brown described, have “had a numbing effect on voters.”

Apparently California voters aren’t as stupid as billionaire Meg Whitman believes.

  2 comments for “Meg Whitman’s Content-Free Ads Have Numbed Voters

  1. SavvyWire
    September 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    BUT … THE ONCE DEMOCRATIC REGISTRATION OF VOTERS HAVING “MOVED ON,” AND STILL CONSIDERABLY HIGHER DEMOCRATIC REGISTRATION THAN THAT OF REPUBLICANS … DOESN’T LOOK GOOD .. DEMS HAVE TO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT YOU CAN’T FOOL VOTERS THIS TIME!! WHAT CALIFORNIA NEEDS IS MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE, HEALTH AND SAFETY AS THAT PRIORITY OF THE AGENDA, NOT THAT AGENDA OF ORGANIZED LABOR,AND PARTICULARLY NOT THOSE OF THE PUBLIC EMLOYEES THAT ARE THE SUPERIOR WELFARE CLASS. Meg Whitman is IN!

  2. djk
    September 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Totally agree – her adds are nothing more than a waste of air time. There are many more interesting commercials than hers on the air. Even if I was a R………, I’d be so turned off by her I’d vote for Brown just for spite!

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