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Meyer: Slick Willie Meets the Devil in a Blue Dress

Sep18

Before the California Democratic Party announced that Bill Clinton will come to California next month to campaign for Jerry Brown (and Gavin Newsom) and before Brown apologized to Clinton for making a joke about his denial that he’d had sex with Monica Lewinsky, Calbuzz suggested Jerry might have to slip into a blue dress and seek forgiveness from Bubba.

Which got our Chief Editorial Poison Penman Tom Meyer thinking about the delicious possibilities that scenario presented. And before you could say “impeachment,” or explain what the meaning of the word “is” is, Meyer whipped up a vision of how that scene might have gone down — with Meg Whitman laughing her ass off on the sidelines.

And remember, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. So don’t be making any salacious suggestions from Meyer’s drawing. Note: we have no evidence that Jerry has ever pranced around in drag. But we’re always looking for tips.

Who’s afraid of 5th & Mission? The Chronicle’s John Diaz is probably the most thoughtful, most fair and most civil editorial page editor in the state, so Meg Whitman’s refusal to accept his respectful invitation to meet with the paper’s editorial board seems particularly craven, even for a campaign that has been marked from the start by cowardly unwillingness to meet face-to-face with most journalists or, for that matter, with just about anyone outside her cordoned off cocoon of corporate marketing and paid TV ads.

What is Whitman so afraid of? Why is she apparently so terrified of traveling outside her safety zone of staged media events, preselected audiences and ranks of courtiers paid big bucks to kiss her ring? Is she so entitled, superior and important that she shudders at the thought of lowering herself to answer basic policy questions from ink-stained journalists from a storied and historic California institution to whom hundreds of thousands of citizens turn every day – 12 million a month online – for information about those who seek the power to spend their tax dollars?

Perhaps a hint of the answer came in Whitman’s pathetic performance the other day at Yelp where employees cleaned her clock just by asking a couple of tough questions.

Calbuzz was the first news organization in California to call sustained attention to Whitman’s obsessive avoidance of engagement in the public rituals of seeking California’s highest office, which voters have a right to expect of anyone who presumes to lead a sprawling, noisy state of 37 million people of extraordinary diversity, cacophonous voices and conflicting interests.

Since we first wrote about the issue back in the spring of 2009, the mystery has only deepened: What does eMeg have to hide?

The most undercovered issue in politics: Timothy Noah continues to impress with “The Great Divergence,” his ongoing series about income and wealth equality in America. For a short course on the subject, check out these 15 quicky charts, courtesy of Business Insider, which pretty much tell the story.

And for a good time: Catch Jerry’s appearance on the always insightful and informative Good Day LA .


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There are 6 comments for this post

  1. avatar tonyseton says:

    An increasing number of informed friends are saying they can’t imagine how Jerry Brown can actually fix what ails California. Also, they find Meg Whitman a disgrace to everything our country values and our political system should be about. They think maybe she should be punished for the next four years. She wouldn’t be able to get anything done with a legislature that would despire her. Maybe she would quit, and that would give us Governor Newsom, who would move the capital down to Neverland. There are clouds over California’s future.

  2. avatar Ernie Konnyu says:

    Your and Obama et all’s liberal love affair with correcting income and wealth inequality in America is so Marxian. We know humans are naturally unequal in so many ways whether brains, brawn, energy, ambition and so on and that’s normal most say. But income and wealth inequality should be relatively the same say you, the “libs”…perhaps in a utopian world of your making.

    In a successful world, such as exemplified by the enormous strength of the American economic colossus, inequality created by rewarding the more successful with greater economic power is the right road to a better life for all, And our method to achieve economic power is, of course, our capitalism combined with a government run welfare system for the less successful.

    Yes! Viva U.S. style capitalism and it’s normal inequality and no on the quest to equalizing income.

    • avatar pjhackenflack says:

      It’s not about “capitalism” – it’s about “democracy” transforming into “oligarchy.” Dangerous pathway for the nation, Dr. H fears….

    • avatar tegrat says:

      I don’t think there are many, if any, liberal progressives talking about “equalizing income”. I’ve never even heard the phrase and I’m about as liberal as they come. But I do thank you for mentioning the publicly funded welfare system (which includes Medicare and SS) which do in fact help to take care of the less successful – as distinct from less hard working – Americans. This is why progressive taxation is so important. It is not wealth redistribution. After all, that wealth was created on the backs of those workers. It is merely correcting the distribution of wealth in a sensible way. I have a hard time imagining that Bill Gates works much harder than the barista at Starbucks that served him, yet our system rewards him much more richly. That’s fine, let’s just admit that it’s not particularly fair (just as our taxation system is not particularly fair – no arguments there!).

  3. avatar gdewar says:

    neither candidate for governor is winning awards for brilliance but if nutMeg thinks she can stage manage running the state, she’s delusional.

    and “Ernie Konnyu” is babbling relentlessly like a good commenter should. Hey, buddy, it’s not about how she “earned” her money (Goldman Sachs!) it’s how she spends it. If she was truly a balls-out capitalist she wouldn’t need manufactured events.

  4. avatar chrisfinnie says:

    Actually, Ahnold did appear to think he could stage manage the state. Despite superior experience in such things, he failed. So I agree that eMeg probably would as well.

    The appearance at Yelp made me laugh my ass off. So I can completely see why she wouldn’t want to repeat it. Though, in my experience, the press is usually more respectful of wealth and position than us commoners.

    And I don’t think Bill Gates got rewarded for how hard he worked. But how smart he worked. Despite my lack of passion for his products, I admire him as a canny market manipulator. In our economy, that gets rewarded. And, in my opinion, more than it should as it really creates little value for society. That, I believe, is what generates the outrage over the Wall Street bonuses.

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