Neel Kashkari’s ‘That’s It’ isn’t quite it

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari released a new video today about the state’s unfunded public pension liability and other fiscal obligations:

Kashkari’s offhand assertion that Prop. 30’s tax revenues haven’t benefited schools is mystifying, in the presence of so much evidence to the contrary.

Neel Kashkari - That's ItBut I’m just as curious about his overall campaign messaging. Remember, this is the guy whose campaign slogan is “Jobs and Education. That’s It.” Yet he continues to address topics such as this, and high-speed rail (or, the “Crazy Train,” as he calls it), and more – even though he hasn’t yet released the detailed jobs plan he says he’s been working on for more than a year.

That’s OK – he certainly should be addressing all sorts of issues, the more the better; a campaign as important as this deserves it. Perhaps he’d argue that high-speed rail and public pension liabilities are related to jobs and education, but one could probably say that about almost anything, rendering the campaign’s slogan mostly meaningless.

When you start with a “That’s It” slogan and then don’t stick to it, people might wonder. I’m not saying Kashkari is a “Jerk” – far from it – but his insistence on a focus he’s not quite maintaining makes me think of this:

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    This just in to our newsroom: A majority of would-be voters polled say “Cash-carry” refers to paycheck loans, not any politician.