Let me say this: Poizner has moved to the right since 2004 on a number of issues. His anti-illegal immigration ads strike many in the GOP as cynical and bad for a party that badly needs to attract Latino voters in November.
Whitman dismissed Poizner's debate demeanor as "angry." I'd call him scrappy. There is something to be said for a candidate who is eager to debate and engage critics. He does not hide behind a palace guard.
As for Whitman, because she has spent so much and is willing to spend more, her campaign is all about her inevitability.
The problem, as Hillary Rodham Clinton could tell anyone, is that when the inevitability model crumbles, there's no cookie left.