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Campaign produced a lot of hot air, little substance for a state in crisis

June 8, 2010 |  7:34 am

Finally, it’s safe to turn on the television.

At least until the general election heats up and the political ads begin raining down again. As you know, campaign spending records were shattered in the primary season that mercilessly ends Tuesday, with Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner investing more than $100 million trying to convince us they’re really, really conservative.

Beginning Wednesday, of course, the winner will begin trying to convince us that was all a mistake, and that he or she is in fact really, really, moderate.


And so it goes, Democracy in action.

Because I’m in a good mood with the primary behind us, I’d like to offer the gubernatorial candidates a way to communicate a plan to voters without resorting to more TV ads.

If Meg Whitman,Steve Poizner or Jerry Brown can explain in some detail how they would close the $20-billion budget deficit or help put more than 2 million unemployed Californians back to work, this space is theirs.

If they’d like to weigh in on term limits, the creation of a steadier revenue stream or other reforms that might help set the state straight, this space is theirs.

Silly season is over. We can’t afford another one.

And if the politicians are too afraid to bare their souls, maybe readers would like to Talk Back and show the way.

-- Steve Lopez

Tell Steve what you think -- comment below.

Full Times election day coverage:

VOTER GUIDE: Breakdowns of the candidates, polling information, resources, links and biographies

ENDORSEMENTS: From The Times' editorial page.

BREAKING POLITICAL NEWS: From PolitiCal, The Times' state politics blog.