eMeg Jumps NASCAR, Carly IEd, Meyer’s Latest

Feb20

In the greatest tactical move since Hannibal whup-assed the Romans, Meg Whitman has stolen a march on Steve Poizner, copping an invite to fly the flag a day early at this weekend’s NASCAR racing in Fontana.

With Poizner set to ride in the pace car at the start of tomorrow’s Sprint Cup Auto Club 500, eMeg will wield the green flag for tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Stater Brothers 300, with a field of drivers that includes auto racing buzz queen Danica Patrick.

“Sunday will be the only time Steve Poizner leads a race all year,” snarked Team Whitman spokeshuman, the volcanic Sara Pompei.

Although the Saturday night race is the AAA equivalent to Sunday’s Major League event, eMeg’s late entry into the NASCAR panderstakes came as a surprise that may take some of the steam out of the appearance by The Commish.

Bottom line: When Calbuzz speaks, the campaigns listen.

P.S. eMeg’s sudden agreement Friday to participate in a second debate with Poizner, this one to be broadcast May 2 on the electric television, may also help to blunt Poizner’s effort to foment trouble with a peasants-with-pitchforks petition demanding the two to face off at the March 13 GOP convention.

On the other hand, it kinda undercuts the “Hey, Hey, Steve, Steve, Get Out of My Race” line that the Armies of eMeg have been broadcasting to agree to join him in a debate in May. Talk about your mixed messages.

Negative Exposure for Hurricane Carly: The latest independent expenditure committee to surface in California — in the wake of the two aimed at boosting Jerry Brown for governor –  is “CarlyExposed.com,” an operation by the Lantern Project, a labor-funded political organization that waged a campaign against now-former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

“The first aim of the Lantern Project’s work in California is to make sure as many voters as possible are exposed to the facts about Carly Fiorina,” says Julie Buckner, a Los Angeles political strategist working with The Lantern Project. “It is absolutely our goal to help Californians understand that Carly is nothing like the innovative, problem-solving high-tech whiz kid she portrays herself to be, and to blunt misleading information conveyed to voters by Carly’s slick and well-financed campaign committee.”

At the moment, Buckner acknowledged, Carlyexposed is just a web site, a media plan and a fund-raising plan. But Buckner, an experienced political operative in Los Angeles (who also runs InYoga Center which fronts for her Laurel Canyon Media Group out back), and partner Celia Fischer expect to have a thriving anti-Carly operation running soon.

A preview: On the site is a video clip from a report by Mark Matthews of KGO-TV showing that Fiorina was for taxing internet sales before she was against it.

Buckner, Fischer and their liberal labor allies are strong supporters of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer who, according to sources, is more worried about a challenge from Fiorina (because she is a woman with some appeal to independent voters), than she is about Assemblyman Chuck DeVore or former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell. Thus the focus on Fiorina.

“On the occasion of Barbara Boxer formally getting into this race, it comes as no surprise that her public employee union allies would use a shady 527 organization to falsely attack Carly,” said Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund. “Carly is clearly the candidate Boxer would least like to face in the general election because she knows Carly can beat her and will hold her accountable for her failed record.”

Whether Fiorina represents the greatest threat to Boxer, however, is arguable. Because he’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights and pro-environment, Campbell might well represent an even greater threat to Boxer in a general election. Helping knock out Fiorina in the primary could backfire on Boxer’s allies in the fall. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Tom Meyer today offers perspective on the, um, PR problem facing the spinners for Blue Cross Anthem, after the company imposed 39 percent health insurance rate increases for California customers.

In a weird week filled with political meltdowns and corporate furors, the Blue Cross controversy  was just one of many challenges facing highly-paid professional liars, who did their collective best to draw happy faces on dreadful situations.

Here’s the Calbuzz Top 10 quotes of the week.

I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did was not acceptable.
–Tiger Woods, master of understatement and major jackass

It’s not a secret that she has a medical condition for which she’s being treated. That condition does not affect her ability to do her job as a senator. But it can make her irritable, and when she’s irritable, she lets it be known.
–David Miller, press secretary to state Senator Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, challenging Tiger on spin, after his boss went nuclear at a hearing when a staffer forgot to refill a water pitcher.

History shows that great companies learn from their mistakes.
–Toyota USA president and CEO Jim Lentz, getting a little ahead of himself, in a full-page ad seeking to stop the bleeding as consumer confidence in his company plummets.

I was thinking tonight, I was trying to figure out that if I did announce, what the hell would I say?
–Jerry Brown, offering insight into why he’s running for governor, in a widely panned speech in San Francisco.

On a personal level I am glad that (Jerry Brown) has married. As I watched him awkwardly dance in the 1980’s with a songstress late at night at Eilish’s Bar, I gave his social development little chance. The subsequent growth may indicate some Brown progress.
–Former Congressman and current Calbuzz commentator Ernie Konnyu on how well Brown is not only aging, but maturing too.

If a Customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a Customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement.
–A spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines, dancing as fast as she can, after the airline was criticized for booting 340-pound director Kevin Smith off a flight for being too fat.

So, what I’m trying to do is run a smart, strategic campaign. We’re trying to get our message out.
–Republican wannabe Governor Meg Whitman moments before fleeing into the night to avoid answering questions from reporters at an appearance in Lafayette.

I was stupid and careless and fucked up and thought [the copy from the Wall Street Journal) was my own stuff, or it somehow slipped in there.
–Fired NYT business reporter Zachary Kouwe, setting a world record for prevarication to avoid taking responsibility for being a plagiarist.

If the Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump a quad, I don’t know. Now it’s not men’s figure skating. It’s dancing. Maybe figure skating needs a new name.
–Dethroned Olympics skating champion and roundhouse jerk Yevgeny Plushenko trash talking American Evan Lysacek’s victory performance for not including a quadruple jump.

You know, I don’t live here.
–Jacques Barzaghi, international man of mystery and banished and disgraced former Jerry Brown aide caught lurking around Oakland by the Chronicle’s Chip Johnson.


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  1. avatar Cicero says:

    To: The Commish
    From: Your braintrust
    Re: Your path to the State House

    Steve, this week’s estimate of the likelihood that you will defeat Whitman in June has hit a new low, standing at just .0000062%. Our “stealth” strategy, which once seemed so promising, depended on no one in the state knowing who you are until May, isn’t working. Whitman’s campaign has spent millions “outing” you as a candidate. She has succeeded so well that 24% of Republican primary voters know that you are Insurance Commissioner, undercutting your ability to define yourself as an outsider.

    So our advice is that you should heed the calls that you withdraw from the race for the Republican nomination. That does not mean, however, that you have to give up your dream of being Governor. We have a bold, new strategy that we believe offers an excellent opportunity for victory in November. We estimate its chances of success at 63.742%.

    You should announce that you are taking a week away from the campaign trail to evaluate your next steps. Go somewhere like Esalen or Tassajara or Palm Springs. Come out and announce that you are withdrawing from the Republican primary and filing as a Democratic candidate for Governor.

    Our polling shows that the “Anyone but Jerry” faction in the State Democratic Party is large and growing. The number of people who think he can beat Whitman in November is–let’s just say it’s not that much larger than the number who think that you can beat her in June. With anti-government sentiment on the rise, your brand of moderation on social issues and “nerdy responsibility” should have great appeal to voters looking for an alternative to Governor Moonbeam.

    We know you’re thinking, “How can I run as a Democrat when I’ve spent the last year channeling Michelle Bachman?” The good news is that because of our campaign strategy, no one has been paying attention. You could come out in favor of repealing Prop 13, and no one would notice any inconsistency.

    We are excited to present you with the kind of bold, out of the box thinking that we know represents the “real Steve.” We look forward to working with you to implement our plan, which we are calling “Extreme Makover 2010.”

  2. avatar Ernie Konnyu says:

    Marcus Tullius Cicero you ain’t! And as far as being a comedian…you forgot the punch line.

    As for Steve becoming governor, you never know until he is finished trying for his fate is not within you, cruel Cicero,…but in his stars!

    • avatar Cicero says:

      He’ll be relieved to hear that his fate is in the stars rather than in the hands of the voters, maybe that way he’s got a better shot.

  3. avatar starstation says:

    Beware the Ides of March

  4. avatar Adelaides Lament says:

    Okay, I’m just a girl, but I think it was silly and stupid for eMeg to go to any NASCAR event. She already posed with a rented horse on the cover of Fortune, FCS! We know she’s a spoiled brat who thinks she can have anything that she wishes for. Who in the Central Valley or anywhere else is going to vote for her because she’s the candidate they’d most like to have a beer with? Sheesh!
    And – I agree – those folks trying to knock out Carly in the primary for Senate had better think twice about Campbell. Yes, Carly’s a phony but save it for the general – AFTER she wins the primary. Good analysis, guys.

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