Videos: Poizner vs Mary Kay conferees

posted at 11:36 am on October 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Steve Poizner came to Western CPAC to talk about his campaign for governor in California, and I got two opportunities to interview the Insurance Commissioner. The first was an exclusive interview that unfortunately competed against a highly enthusiastic group of attendees at an adjacent Mary Kay convention. The applause in the clip comes almost serendipitously when Poizner makes a couple of great points about California’s budget, and fortunately Poizner can easily be heard over the din:

Poizner has the same challenge as Chuck DeVore, in that his primary competition will be a celebrity candidate, Meg Whitman. Unlike DeVore’s presumed competition Carly Fiorina, Whitman did make a brief appearance at a semi-private event at WCPAC, but did not meet with the media or the attendees separately. Poizner argues that California voters will have had enough of celebrity candidates after several years of Arnold Schwarzenegger and outlines his own substantial resume, which includes a stint in national security after 9/11 and a successful term in office as Insurance Commissioner. He echoed others at the conference in insisting that conservatives will win in California not in diluting their principles, but in sticking to them and making them applicable in public policy.

Afterwards, Poizner met with all of the bloggers, myself included, in what was supposed to be just a few minutes. Instead, Poizner stuck around to answer everyone’s questions, and as you will see in the videos below, brought hard data and a detailed plan for rebuilding the California economy:


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If that detailed plan doesn’t include massive handouts, increases in state worker benefits packages, and free crack, Poizner doesn’t stand a chance. This is California we’re talking about here, one swirl behind Michigan in the economic toilet.

Bishop on October 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM

…brought hard data and a detailed plan for rebuilding the California economy…

Ha! What a neophyte. This guy wants to be in politics? Doesn’t he understand how the game is played?

Kafir on October 19, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Mary Kay hates our freedom.

simplesimon on October 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Wow! An honest and intelligent governor in California?!

…naaaaaaah!

Orange Doorhinge on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one for the job.

Blake on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

This is California we’re talking about here, one swirl behind Michigan in the economic toilet.

Bishop on October 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hah! That would make a funny YouTube video. Throw about five objects in a toilet in the shape the five worst states financially, and see who goes down the drain first.

WashJeff on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Where are the 15 second sound bites??? How can we expect to elect a candidate who is actually informed and knowledgeable??

michaelo on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Mary Kay Pink-os

TexasJew on October 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Great ideas, but if the census counts illegals and more reps are added to those districts, then CA will just be another money drain, and it will never recover.

bbz123 on October 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

He is a great person and intelligent candidate. He is also a conservative and a person full of logic and common sense. He is very qualified and willing to take over a sinking ship.

All the more reason this state will never elect him and go back to round 2 of GOVERNOR MOONBEAM…..UGH!

SDarchitect on October 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Those Mary Kay gals are really right wing extremists.

mimi1220 on October 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

This is California we’re talking about here, one swirl behind Michigan in the economic toilet.

Bishop on October 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hah! That would make a funny YouTube video. Throw about five objects in a toilet in the shape the five worst states financially, and see who goes down the drain first.

WashJeff on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

That was a damn funny line. I spit coffee all over everything.

For added effect, the objects in the shape of the states should all be farying shades of brown.

UltimateBob on October 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Those Mary Kay gals are really right wing extremists.

mimi1220 on October 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Never mess with a chick who sells makeup and drives a pink Cadillac.

UltimateBob on October 19, 2009 at 12:02 PM

We had four central coast “gang related” killings over the weekend – one in Santa Cruz, one in Seaside, and two in Salinas. Believe it or not, the gang members are not predominantly illegal, but rather, the naturalized (born here) children of illegal’s and have come to accept that they deserve a hell of a lot better than the wages of agriculture can provide them. The disillusionment fuels gang membership.

Local politicians stage hungry strikes in protest as a means to stem the violence.

With leadership as comprehensive as that, the middle class is losing faith very fast – and the upper class is bailing on the state in record numbers. This is building towards an uprising when the budget is simply not able to supply the “non-productive consumers” with wide screen TV’s and I-Pods. Either the disenfranchised will revolt and California becomes the third world sh**hole the illegal’s came here to escape – or – the productive class finally extracts their heads from the rectal cavities long enough to vote a conservative in – which results in the same outcome.

There is a visceral reaction to the gang related crime by those of us with a conservative tweak – and all we get from Sacramento is AB962 (http://www.ammoland.com/2009/10/12/california-governor-signs-ab962-restricting-ammunition/).

My gut tells me that the time is simply not upon us for a political conversion. Michigan may go down economically before us – but look for a rebirth of the wild, wild west as we either have to defend ourselves – or we simply get fed up.

oldfiveanddimer on October 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Good luck dealing with the public employee unions, Steve.

PattyJ on October 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Hah! That would make a funny YouTube video. Throw about five objects in a toilet in the shape the five worst states financially, and see who goes down the drain first.

WashJeff on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Why “mess” around, throw all 57 states in there.

California’s woes will not go away until the state legislature is purged of every rep that’s taking money from, and OWES their allegiance to special interest, ie SEIU and teacher’s unions. The public jobs sector is in control of this states agenda.

Rovin on October 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Why “mess” around, throw all 57 states in there.

Rovin on October 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM

“Environmentally friendly” toilets cannot handle the load.

WashJeff on October 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I would not over sell the tax cuts. You have to get the legislature to pass them… Should Poizner win he would need to spend 4 years advocating for tax cuts and helping roll Democrats in the legislature. If that does not happen the legislature will just send him increase after increase. The best he can do is veto tax hikes and let the welfare state fail. Maybe Californians will realize the state can’t save them and they will want to attract producers and employers. I doubt Californians will want to change unless they see the nation start to recover while California languishes in a depression Michigan style. We have been through this before and I think alot of people just believe California will magically bounce back while maintaining the crazy spending. The change in California needs is more than legilative but cultural and will have to outlast Poizner even if he wins two terms.

Theworldisnotenough on October 19, 2009 at 1:57 PM

oldfiveanddimer on October 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM

That is a very pessimistic outlook. I unfortunately cannot disagree with it. You would think Michigan woulf figure it out. But they have not. The rust belt just does not get it. They commit economic suicide by voting for politicians that drive away business and capital yet they still do it. Maybe the rust belt comes back when the baby boomers start to die off…

Our problems in California would not be solved by baby boomers expiring. We have a class of voters that will vote for a Democrat no matter what. I am not confident that they will se the light until the state fails and fails big.

Theworldisnotenough on October 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I don’t live in California, but Poizner sounds pretty good.

jaime on October 19, 2009 at 2:04 PM

The technical problem of stop and start on each of the videos is such that any impact of Poizner’s words is lost. I had planned to send this post to all my CA Democrat friends and ask them to take a look-see, but, alas, that plan is kaput. When I speak with many of my Democrat friends it is obvious that they actually hold conservative values on a number of issues. But getting them to cross the political barrier and numbed mind-set they’ve grown up with is extremely difficult no matter how well a subject is illuminated. When I explain to them how I made that cross-over and connection, no matter how much they may respect and care for me, I’m greeted with rolled eyes and that “be patient with senior citizens” look. It’s always an uphill battle.

Mae on October 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM