September 30, 2003


Huffington Quits California Recall Race (Beth Fouhy, AP, 9/30/03)

Independent candidate Arianna Huffington dropped out of the California recall race on Tuesday, saying it was her best hope of preventing Arnold Schwarzenegger from becoming governor.

"I'm puling out and I'm going to concentrate all my time and energy in the next week working to defeat the recall becasue I realize that's the only way to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger," Huffington said as she made the announcement on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Posted by David Cohen at September 30, 2003 10:11 PM

Given her effectiveness, this ought to add 1.5 points to Arnold's margin.

Hmm, need to rework my contest numbers.

Posted by: RDB at September 30, 2003 10:21 PM

Given the majority of Californians who watched last week's debate said Arnold was the winner, and given that his most memorable moments in the debate consisted of parrying Arianna's mean-spirited barbs into one-liners that produced the greatest audience reaction, Huffington probably has done more to help Arnold jump out to his recent lead in the recall polls than anyone else.

Adding this to her resume makes me think Schwarzenegger has to be secretly paying Arianna off to sabotage the campaigns of both Cruz and Gray, first with her actions at the debate that rendered Bustamante a non-entity in terms of post-debate media play, and now by adding her own negative ratings to Davis' already low approval numbers.

Posted by: John at September 30, 2003 10:26 PM

This withdrawal doesn't improve my (lack of) respect for her. Why was she running in the first place if she's going to support Davis now? So her position was: Davis should be recalled, unless Arnold looks like he'll win?

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 30, 2003 10:34 PM

Hell hath no fury like the shrew exposed.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 30, 2003 11:03 PM

Does this mean I won't have to hear her grating, cackling and nagging voice again?

Posted by: Oswald Czolgosz at October 1, 2003 12:44 AM


Posted by: David Cohen at October 1, 2003 7:51 AM

You wish.

She makes a better argument against free-speech than does telemarketing.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at October 1, 2003 8:03 AM

Further verifying the bon mot that she is the highest flying Greek since Icarus.

Is it true that she was running behind Gary Coleman?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 1, 2003 11:37 AM