Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The wilting Whitman campaign urges voters to choose a billionaire with no government experience


Or, as Talking Points Memo puts it, "I Know You Might Not Like Me, But Please Vote For Me." They're commenting on this ad for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, which starts out on an unusually candid note.
I know many of you see this election as an unhappy choice between a longtime politician with no plan for the future, and a billionaire with no government experience.
Since she refers to herself as a billionaire, you might wonder how Meg Whitman made her billions, and what it suggests about her management acumen. The short answer is that she made her billions as the CEO of eBay. The long answer is that she made her billions as the CEO of eBay while practically destroying the company. If she ran California like she ran eBay maybe the state really would fall into the sea. Not likely, though -- her wilting candidacy appears to be falling further behind Jerry Brown's with every passing day.

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