Do Not Ask for Whom the Poll Tolls

Meg Whitman and Harry Reid both look to be in trouble, according to NBC’s First Read:

*** Whitman’s Hail Mary? In what appears to be her closing ad in California’s gubernatorial race, Meg Whitman (R) looks straight to the camera and says, “I know many of you see this election as an unhappy choice — between a longtime politician with no plan for the future and a billionaire with no experience.” Then, in a reference to Jerry Brown’s (D) devastating ad comparing Whitman to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), she adds: “I’m not a career politician or a Hollywood star… If you want more of the same from Sacramento, then vote for my opponent. But if you want to get California moving again, I’m ready. Are you?” And speaking of closers, Harry Reid is up with his final argument against Sharron Angle: She will be bad for Nevada’s economy. Both closing ads are not the type of ads you see from candidates who are confident about their chances.

I can see why Nevadans, with 14% unemployment, would take a chance on the unlovable Sharron Angle. But Californians going back to Jerry Brown? There’s an abused spouse metaphor there, but it’s too depressing to even try.