Tim Cavanaugh at Reason Hit and Run (excerpt):
My erstwhile colleagues at the L.A. Times frequently lament the influence of John and Ken, rightwing radio talkers on local station KFI who have been described to me as “The most powerful people in California.” So I was mildly hopeful that Ken and John’s endorsement of the Libertarian might boost Ogden’s performance.
It didn’t. Ogden’s performance was less than one-fifth-of-one-percent better than LP candidate Art Olivier’s full-party-membership-plus-12,379-votes performance in the 2006 race, and his 11,600 total vote advantage over Olivier tracks, in percentage-growth terms, almost exactly with the growth of registered Libertarians from 2006 to 2010. At most, John and Ken brought 3,000 votes — which is impressive by radio standards but a rounding error in a 7.3-million-ballot election. An endorsement is still the equivalent of peeing in a dark suit. You feel warm for a second and nobody else notices.