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Every time Californians elect or re-elect a governor, the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley stages a daylong post-mortem on what happened during the campaign to produce the outcome.

While the candidates don't appear, their campaign and media advisers ordinarily show up for an almost day-by-day dissection of the contest. But when the latest version was held last month, it was noteworthy for the complete absence of anyone from Republican Meg Whitman's losing campaign.

Perhaps they were embarrassed that she could spend more than $150 million, most of it her own money, and lose in a landslide to a skinflint Democrat, Jerry Brown. But for whatever reason, they boycotted.

Nevertheless, political junkies who did not attend can now immerse themselves in the Whitman-less details because IGS is making the entire session available as a webcast here.


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