Angelides vs. Leno

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You know things are getting bleak when the best California’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides can do is to whine about not getting as much face time with Jay Leno as Leno’s old pal Arnold Schwarzenegger. Protesters gathered outside Leno’s studio and Angelides’ campaign manager sent a letter to NBC to decry what they called the network’s unfair gift of extra exposure to Arnold, in the form of a cozy interview yesterday. OK, it’s true that Schwarzenegger has refused to participate in more than a single debate with Angelides, thereby limiting the Dem’s free time on broadcast TV. But c’mon, Phil. Maybe if you had some actual ideas or positions that anyone was excited about, Jay would want to talk to you, too.

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