Debra J. Saunders

But the Whitman campaign is about as spirited as a talking doll. While Poizner mixes it up with such groups as the California Newspapers Publishers Association, Whitman seems to be hiding in an undisclosed location.

Pompei says that Whitman has given 150 interviews -- but many of her appearances are on friendly radio venues or with East Coast talking heads, who don't know what to ask a would-be California governor. Whitman even has refused to debate Poizner at next month's state GOP convention.

Either Whitman Inc. is choreographing a dazzling surprise candidate rollout, or Whitman is a breathtakingly bad candidate. Maybe you can run a business that way, but you can't run a state by buying 30-second spots and ducking tough questions.

Debra J. Saunders

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