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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
 
I had my first view of Peter Ueberroth as a candidate on TV tonight, and my belief that he can pose a significant challenge to Schwarzenegger is weakening fast. "I'm not good on TV" he said, and I'd have to confirm that assessment. He wasn't covered at all heavily, being shown after Arnold and getting significantly less screen time on every news show I saw. And he didn't use his limited time very effectively, reading from a pedestrian text with weak delivery. "California is in a deep hole, but we can recover." (Quoting from memory not a transcript.) The second half, where he should have raised his voice and shown some real confidence in the future, he swallowed the line and sounded like he was apologizing for delivering standard political piffle.

So much for his style score. Kevin reviews Ueberroth on substance and is no more impressed than I am.



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