She described her candidacy against frontrunner Arnold Schwarzenegger as "the hybrid versus the Hummer", making reference to her ownership of a hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, and Schwarzenegger's Hummer.
In the late 1980s, Huffington wrote several articles for National Review. prominence during the unsuccessful Senate bid in 1994 by her then husband, Michael Huffington, a Republican.
During that year, she did a weekly radio show in Los Angeles called "Left, Right, & Center", that "match[ed] her, the so-called 'right-winger', against self-described centrist policy wonk Matt Miller, and veteran 'leftist' journalist Robert Scheer." In an April 1998 profile in The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot wrote that "Most recently, she has cast herself as a kind of Republican Spice Girl – an endearingly ditzy right wing gal-about-town who is a guilty pleasure for people who know better." Huffington described herself by side-stepping the traditional party divide, saying "the right/left divisions are so outdated now.
For me, the primary division is between people who are aware of what I call 'the two nations' (rich and poor), and those who are not." Huffington headed The Detroit Project, a public interest group lobbying automakers to start producing cars running on alternative fuels.
Both Sides Now was hosted by former Air America Radio President and Huff Post blogger Mark J. Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted a website called Arianna
Her first foray into the Internet was a website called Resignation.com, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton.