“We’re less than four weeks from the election. What do you think: Is the swirl surrounding Whitman’s former housekeeper a blip on the screen or a game changer?”
The bigger question is whether Whitman can connect with undecided voters. If Brown wins, it will not be because he is liked or trusted, it will be because Whitman couldn’t overcome doubts and close the deal.
It’s game over. Her stable of consultants/advisers better have their malpractice insurance paid up to date.
Game changer. If nothing else, it derailed Whitman’s one-track message machine and exposed the fact that she and her high-priced team don’t respond well to unexpected events.
The voters will see it as the cynical and fabricated political stunt that it was. Whitman hired the woman through a temp agency and was provided a valid California driver’s license. What did Meg do wrong? Nothing. Perhaps we should fix the immigration system. You think?
The Latinos are Brown’s, not just because of this incident but because of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act that he signed in 1975.
A distraction that knocked the $140 million Humpty Dumpty off her wall. She will need all of her overpaid consultants to get out their brooms and tape to put it back to together again.
Direct hit into the no spin zone. She’s toast.
It’s definitely a hiccup, but whether it will be determinative will be based on how fast and how effectively Whitman puts Brown back on the defensive. He has his own female employee problem from his time as mayor of Oakland.
It doesn’t change anything. Meg is still going to lose.
Had Whitman gone public at the same time she fired her housekeeper, this would have been a blip. Given the late timing, and her apparent hypocrisy, smart money is on Brown.
It’s not really a game changer because Whitman was going to lose anyway. But it illustrates the systemic problem for Republicans in California. To win that primary, you have to be the most extreme, immigrant-hating right-wing fanatic in the field. Then, when it turns out, that like most people who pay to have their house cleaned or their lawn mowed, you’ve hired immigrants, you become the biggest, phoniest, hypocrite in the field.
The nanny/housekeeper corroborated gate is real and not a flash in the pan. It provides a frame for voters, particularly women, to hang their unease with Whitman. First, we had voting record, then ad fatigue, then issue disagreement, and now inconsistency on hard-line immigration positions. Polls are starting to show it. People are just getting their absentee (ballots) and habitual voters will vote now. Can’t help Whitman.
She’s done. It’s the final tap that pushes her credibility over the edge. I hear the Whitman campaign just changed their logo to a piece of toast.
This event is just the capper on rather public display of Whitman’s lack of integrity, as in running conflicting ads in different markets, lying as she did about Steve Poizner, bullying as we’ve seen from the employee pushing incident and how she treated Nicky, and general lack of integrity and her willingness to say anything to get elected. As a lifelong Republican who is no virgin to campaigns, this has been so distasteful that I cannot vote for her. The ‘swirl’ as you call it has lost nutMeg the Latino vote and the election.
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