A wrist-slap for Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley
We in California have grown accustomed to our gubernatorial races veering into the gutter of endless umbrage-taking and pointless sideshows. So while it's perfectly understandable for voters to be disappointed that the Meg Whitman-Jerry Brown contest became overshadowed by meaningless late-campaign "scandals," we can't truly say we're surprised.
Not so with the attorney general's race. For two candidates -- San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris and L.A. County D.A. Steve Cooley -- boasting impressive records and independent streaks, you'd expect that the campaign would center on the meaningful discussion of law enforcement that California desperately needs. Both have instead provided a fine imitation of the glib races for governor and U.S. Senate, with Harris having insinuated in one ad that Cooley is sexist (he said a way to guarantee a law's passage is to "name it after a female," an astute observation of California lawmaking, if you ask me), and Cooley getting too much mileage out Harris' refusal to send a San Francisco cop killer to the lethal injection gurney. Harris' most recent cheap shot shows Cooley in a debate vowing to "double dip," or collect his L.A. County pension while earning about $150,000 a year as attorney general.