A story just out from Reuters says we’re heading for a record amount of spending in the race for governor here in California. It’s not all that surprising really, with former ebay CEO and billionaire, Meg Whitman, going head to head with millionaire and state Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner, and that’s just in the race for the Republican nomination.
Whitman says she’s prepared to spend $150 million to get elected, which would exceed the old record of $148 million spent by Republican George Pataki, in the New York gubernatorial race eight years ago.
All that money she’s been spreading around, appears to be working, despite her reputation for avoiding the press and the hard questions she might be asked. However, newspaper readership is down and most of the tv people are clueless when it comes to politics. So, if you have the money, you can ignore the press and buy the election. That’s what Witman appears to be doing.
So far, she has spent $39 million. Steve Poizner, has shelled out $19 million. With Whitman’s tv attack ads nearly impossible to avoid if you watch any television at all, the former CEO now has a 49-point lead over Poizner and a 3 point lead over Democrat, Jerry Brown. Before the tv campaign, she was trailing Brown by double digits.
“Holy Goldman Sachs, Batman, you mean money makes that much difference in a campaign? Gosh, it’s almost like you can, you know…buy a political office if you’ve got the cash!”
America, where any CEO with enough money can grow up to be the Governor. Question is, why does she want it?
No, really kids, why does she want it? Or why does Steve Poizner want it for that matter? You can understand Jerry Brown wanting to go back to the Statehouse. He’s a total political wonk from a family with a deep-seated history in California political wonkism. Politics, are what Jerry Brown is all about. Only thing he’s ever really been about since his Linda Ronstadt – Governor Moonbeam days.
I mean, look at this-
“Brown has had a lengthy political career spanning terms on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees (1969–1971), as California Secretary of State (1971–1975), as Governor of California (1975–1983), as chair of the California Democratic Party (1989–1991), the Mayor of Oakland (1998–2006), and the Attorney General of California (2007–present). He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nominations for president in 1976, 1980, and 1992, and was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 1982. Since Brown’s terms in office are not covered by the term limits that came into effect in 1990, he is not barred from running for Governor again.” -Wikipedia
Jerry Brown, went away for a while, got into his mantra and sorted it all out. As a result, he seems to know who he is, what he wants and why he wants it. No therapy necessary. He’s in politics, because that’s what he does. But Meg Whitman? Or Steve Poizner?
Poizner, might see a shot at the Governor’s Office as his only viable career move at this point? Only Steve Poizner knows for sure. But Meg Whitman?
Why would anyone with a reputation for being a smashing success want to take on the very likely possibility of throwing away millions of dollars along with her reputation, by assuming a massive political and personal failure as the next Governor of California?
Meg Whitman, the woman who was smart enough to build ebay, now wants to be the point person for that deadlocked mess in Sacramento. A situation which, any number of experts tell us, will only be fixed with a constitutional convention that will probably never happen? At least not in this lifetime. She actually wants that? To go from being a big winner in business, to a big loser in politics?