Told ya: Meg Whitman can't buy support
In February,I got a little cranky when Democrats and others accused billionaire Meg Whitman, the Republican former CEO of eBay, of trying to buy the GOP nomination for California governor. Money only allows a candidate to get her message out. Well, Whitman's message -- such as it is, since she apparently goes out of her way to say nothing -- is falling flat.
The Public Policy Institute of California released a new poll yesterday that shows Whitman's 50-point lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in March has dropped 41 percent. She now leads Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent. Talking Points Memo suggests that part of the reason might be anger over Whitman's willingness to dip into her deep well of personal cash to fund her run. She's reportedly up to $68 million of her own money.
The gubernatorial primary is June 8. So Whitman has less than a month to pull her campaign out of its nosedive. Money clearly isn't the issue here. But as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned, throwing more money at the problem will only make it worse. He barely survived voter anger over his overturning the term-limits law to run a third time and over his free-spending ways. At the rate she's dropping, Whitman should be so lucky.
| May 20, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
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