If you've ever had a photo taken on the dance floor at a wedding reception about the time the champagne punch bowl has been emptied, you likely know how Steve Westly will feel when he sees the latest Phil Angelides TV ad released today.
Did I really do that?
The ad, called "Twins," features the long-expected introduction into the campaign of images showing Westly and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-chairs of the 2004 campaign for Propositions 57 and 58, campaigning together. The ad shows three images, still photos in black and white. All show a smiling Westly and Schwarzenegger in the same frame. The closing image, however, is the killer. It shows Westly in an awkward hug of the governor, his face embedded in Schwarzenegger's shoulder.
As the image lingers, a narrator says: "Californians don't need a Schwarzenegger twin."
While it's true that many high-profile Democrats — including Angelides' campaign co-chair U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein — actively campaigned for the deficit bonds authorized by Proposition 57, none did so with quite the vigor of Westly.
Whether these ads will be effective for Angelides is hard to say. But, watching them, the thought does occur that those images might come in handy for Schwarzenegger if Westly wins the primary.