Will Revelations About Meg Whitman's Former Employee Win The California Gubernatorial Election For Jerry Brown?: Left of Center View
Sad isnít it that American politics today are more about exposing the other candidateís skeletons than about how qualified a person is for a particular job. Should we elect a Governor simply based on the fact that he (or she) is not someone else.
Mud-slinging is an American political tradition. If you donít really have much of a platform to stand on do your best to weaken your opponents. And it must work because thatís how to political machine has been running along for over 100 years. Every now and then a candidate will come along, who is both charismatic and who had bold ideas and an eloquent way of stating them. Fortunately those select few seem to run a campaign of being for something and still get into office. Itís the less charismatic folks that really have to watch out. How else to you explain a draft dodger using swift boat captains to question a war hero?
But letís take a look at the current Gubernatorial race. Both Meg and Jerry seem to be similar in how they come off on television. They both appear to be blessed with the ability to talk with conviction without actually saying anything at all. When Brown was Governor he did do some pretty radical things, but that was in the 70ís and everyone was doing radical things. Today heís better remembered for having dated a celebrity than he is for anything he did while in office.
Meg made a lot of money off of eBay.
Jerry was the Mayor of Oakland and again Iím sure he did a lot of things, but again heís better remembered for running around the lake than for any policy he instated, wait, sorry. Heís also remembered for bankrupting their school system, but again itís not clear if that was his fault or if he was just taking a stand. Either way he was in the news and Iím sure I had a strong opinion about him at the time.
Meg made a LOT of money off of eBay. Oh and she has a plan. Never actually heard the plan itself, just that it exists.
So unless you, the American voter more specifically the California voter, are willing to do a little research, and by the way was that last debate even televised?, the chances of knowing the candidates for more than their advertising is chancy at best. The biggest problem in this election is that there isnít really anyone worth getting all excited about. Young Jerry Brown, sure he had a little excitement to him, older Jerry is a career politician whoís forgotten how to connect with the common folks he pretends to represent. Meg has a lot of money and a plan, and, and, she made it all off of eBay.
We need new blood in the political arena folks. We need new ideas and change. We need college campuses to become hot-beds of political activism. We need the younger generation to get involved cause the old way of doing things sure ainít working.
Should these revelations about her former employee have a bearing on the election? Yes, but only if one candidate or the other actually came out and took a clear stand on one side or the other of the immigration issue that this incident has become a symbol of.
Thanks for listening Ė
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