Jackie Gingrich Cushman

His approach to business focused on killing what he termed the "three-legged monster" -- too much taxes, regulation and litigation. "Why do we look at the rich as evil," asked Tubbs "and try to say tax cuts only work for us, but not for them? Why isn't it the right thing to do for all Americans?" He underscored his personal experience to connect with his audience: "I understand what it's like to be unemployed."

In his close, Miller's rhetorical question of whether we are going to "continue to make progress and move America forward ... or are we going to go back to the old policies ..." made me wonder if he was reading off a Democratic flash card. His statements, "These are the issues that have been going on too long ..." and "a problem that we should have addressed many years ago ..." made me wonder if he had forgotten that he has been in Congress for 35 years.

Tubbs closed by noting, "I grew up on welfare; I know what it's like to be at the bottom." He vowed to focus on "practical, common-sense solutions."

Miller's campaign site continues to promote his first debate against Tubbs, "Watch the Debate ... on August 24th in Martinez. ... And don't forget, the next debate is Wednesday, September 8th, for an hour, in Vacaville at the Travis Credit Union."

Nearly a week after that second debate, Miller's campaign had not yet posted a link to it on its Website -- but then, after watching his performance, I can certainly understand why.

In contrast, Tubbs' Website links to the entire debate, including Miller's opening and close. It also notes: "Together, we can be The Next Great Generation that saves the American Dream of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for generations to come."

It might be a long-shot -- but it is the people's seat, and I'm betting on California common sense coming out on top.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.