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Told ya: Meg Whitman can't buy support

In February,I got a little cranky when Democrats and others accused billionaire Meg Whitman, the Republican former CEO of eBay, of trying to buy the GOP nomination for California governor. Money only allows a candidate to get her message out. Well, Whitman's message -- such as it is, since she apparently goes out of her way to say nothing -- is falling flat.

The Public Policy Institute of California released a new poll yesterday that shows Whitman's 50-point lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in March has dropped 41 percent. She now leads Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent. Talking Points Memo suggests that part of the reason might be anger over Whitman's willingness to dip into her deep well of personal cash to fund her run. She's reportedly up to $68 million of her own money.

The gubernatorial primary is June 8. So Whitman has less than a month to pull her campaign out of its nosedive. Money clearly isn't the issue here. But as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned, throwing more money at the problem will only make it worse. He barely survived voter anger over his overturning the term-limits law to run a third time and over his free-spending ways. At the rate she's dropping, Whitman should be so lucky.

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 20, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
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There are many justifiable concerns with Meg Whitman as Governor of California:
1) Meg Whitman promoted and supported an unstable management structure at eBay.
2) Meg Whitman supported and retained managers / supervisors who sexually harassed others, while permitting the firing of their victims and those who stood up for... them.
3) Meg Whitman created and supported eBay's Porn site.
And these are ones that I have documented in my book. Chapter 3 "Meg Whitman Revealed", for revealing articles please see MEG Whitman REVEALED LINKS at ekepas.com
Sincerely, Emmanuel Kepas

Posted by: ekepas | May 20, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A very liberal commentator acknowledges that money can't buy an election. I wish the commentator would have had the courage to state this conclusion when the Supreme Court gave its ruling in Citizens United? If I am not mistaken, the libby hordes argued that the decision would let too much money into elections and the "voices of the people" would be drowned out by dirty corporate money. Looks like all the money in the world can't save this candidate. Maybe the libby orthodoxy is just plain wrong!!!

Posted by: outcast | May 20, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Any human being who can afford to drop $68 million of her own money on a vanity race for public office ought to be put in a MUCH higher income tax bracket. It's positively obscene.

Posted by: uh_huhh | May 20, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

When one has a billion and a half socked away then 68 million is like the loose change at the bottom of Meg's purse. This is simply a spoiled rich tyrant of a woman trying to buy her way into politics without working from the bottom up. She clearly has her sights set higher then the governor's seat but figures its a starting point and to reach that end she's willing to tell you whatever you want to know. Her voting record alone shows what she really thinks of California and its problems - is this some sort of "sudden awakening" on her part?....I think not.

Meg loves to brag about her days at Ebay BUT ask the Ebay sellers what they think of her...quite a different story. I doubt any one of them in California will vote for her. I'm a 12 year seller on Ebay and I sure won't vote for her! I know firsthand what she thinks of the "little people".

Posted by: Patricia013 | May 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

When one has a billion and a half socked away then 68 million is like the loose change at the bottom of Meg's purse. This is simply a spoiled rich tyrant of a woman trying to buy her way into politics without working from the bottom up. She clearly has her sights set higher then the governor's seat but figures its a starting point and to reach that end she's willing to tell you whatever you want to hear. Her voting record alone shows what she really thinks of California and its problems - is this some sort of "sudden awakening" on her part?....I think not.

Meg loves to brag about her days at Ebay BUT ask the Ebay sellers what they think of her...quite a different story. I doubt any one of them in California will vote for her. I'm a 12 year seller on Ebay and I sure won't vote for her! I know firsthand what she thinks of the "little people".

Posted by: Patricia013 | May 20, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for billionaires with the courage to stand up against the tyranny of state insurance commissioners!

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | May 21, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Hi Meg,

From all Californians, we say thank you .. for the $85 million spent in CA. Please run for as many offices as you like, Senator, Congresswoman, State Senator, Assemblywoman, City Councilwoman, Mayor of Bakersfield. You will never be elected in CA, but we're definitely not opposed to accepting your money. Thanks for visiting our beautiful state and contributing so generously .. hahaha!

Posted by: blackstonehamilton | May 25, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

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