Angelides Better Get Going
Angelides won a tough primary and deserved a little break. But the honeymoon is over. I was trying to catch some tennis this weekend and noticed an anti-Angelides commerical on. (It was actually hard to tell if the Westly campaign just forgot to pull their anti-fair tax ads, but that's another story.)
Phil Angelides has relatively low favorability ratings--thanks again, Steve!--and relatively low name recognition. He cannot let himself get branded so early on. What the Bush reelection campaign did effectively in '04 was tarnish John Kerry's reputation beginning the day after it was apparent that he was the Dem. nominee. Schwarzenegger has some of the same advisors and it appears they are going to use a similar strategy.
On his website, Angelides still has the announcement that he won the primary. It's time to get over that and get to work. There should be a high visibility statewide grassroots event within the month and maybe a mailer or two. If your image is tarnished, it's hard to get it back. Angelides needs to be the one controlling the terms of his record and proposed policies. And he needs to do it NOW!