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Meg Whitman and the Law of Diminishing Returns

October 13, 2010

Right about the time Tom Brokaw was questioning Meg Whitman, during Tuesday’s debate,  about the $120 million she has spent trying to buy the California governor’s mansion, the report came that she had added another $20 million. This bring’s Meg’s current “investment” to $141.6 million; and we have three more weeks to go.

Meg thinks it’s unfair to say she’s trying to “buy the election.” But seriously, what would you call it? She claims she has had to spend so heavily to counter all the union money being spent on Jerry Brown’s behalf, but anyone in California can tell you that’s bullpucky.

Why? Turn on a television: there’s Meg. Turn the dial on the radio: there’s Meg. Answer the telephone: there’s Meg. Open a browser window: there’s Meg. You. Can. Not. Escape. Meg.  It is so ubiquitous that you just tune it out. She’s spending so much on advertising, as opposed to campaign events where she actually answers questions, that her message has become just so much background noise. What’s that law? Oh, yea: the Law of Diminishing Returns. One would think a big, fancy business genius like Meg would know that one.

I quipped about this on Twitter following the debate last night, but I think it’s really true: Meg Whitman is trapped in the equivalent of an eBay auction. She’s addicted. Winning the auction has become more important than the actual prize. She can’t stop bidding. Believe me, I know how hard it is – I’ve been there. You start off thinking, “okay, I’ll bid, but I’m not going over $80 million!” but the next thing you know…..

During the final debate last night, Meg said she’s spending that money and going through this campaign because she cares so much about California and its citizens. This is the same woman who couldn’t be bothered to even vote prior to 2002, when she was 46 years old? The same Meg Whitman who outsourced 40% of eBay jobs overseas instead of keeping them in California? That Meg Whitman?

I think Meg’s interest in the California statehouse is about something else: Meg. But I’ll let this fantastic video put together by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association say it better than I ever could. Enjoy!

[h/t to Twitter pal @allen_osuno]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Montana permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:27 pm

    Griff Harsh, the husband of California gubernatorial candidate Nutmeg Whitman, acknowledged in a statement on Thursday that “it is possible” he received and wrote notes on a letter from the Social Security Administration back in 2003, regarding the former Housekeeper/Maid. The Harsh/ Whitman household then fired their housekeeper in June 2009 (after nine years of service), when Nutmeg handlers decided that she was an election liability.

    And now the Jill Armstrong, a former full-time nanny of the Harsh/ Whitman dungeon, came to the defense of the Housekeeper/Maid and told the San Francisco Chronicle that she believes Diaz’s claim because she “know[s] the family” and “what it was like.”

    Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $140 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you couldn’t use some of it to get your housekeeper (after nine years of service) some legal help to get her papers, and worse you lied about it. Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.

    But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

    Meg on holding employers accountable:

    Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else.

    In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. And another thing nine years this maid was in your house, in your house and you failed to learned this major thing about her, come on this sounds like a huge lie that no one can believe in.

    Ebay paid out $200,000 because Nutmeg assaulted an employee, so it’s not the first time she has mistreated an employee. Good luck winning Nutmeg, money will buy you admiration from the majority just from the Gay Old Party (GOP), but not from all of California.

  2. October 13, 2010 4:13 pm

    Same thing in Connecticut. Linda McMahon is EVERYWHERE! I’ve gotten so much snail mail from her (daily … I kid you not) that I feel like I’m being stalked. 🙂

    With any luck Blumenthal body slams her to the mat.


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