November 3, 2010 | 8:20 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
If I spent 142 million dollars on something, and in the end did not get what I spent all the money on, I would be pissed. It is mind boggling that Meg Whitman spent so much of her own personal money on a campaign that did not make her Governor.
She told her supporters, “Tonight has not turned out quite as we had hoped. We’ve come up a little short, but certainly not for lack of hard work, determination and a clear vision for making our state better. We overcame great obstacles to get this far, and I could not be any prouder.”
You blow through 142 million dollars and that’s it? You came up a little short? Do you think she fell asleep crying? Woke up crying? Does she have so much money that 142 million dollars is not a big deal? No matter how rich, that has got to hurt.
She could have been a hero to California, and an inspiration to other wealthy Americans, if she had simply given that money to the education system. Schools are suffering, and she could have made a huge impact with that money. Hindsight is 20/20, but this was a no brainer.
Could she have spent half the money and run the same campaign? Could she have started her ad campaigns later in the season and saved a ton of cash? If she had agreed to pull negative ads at the debate with Brown, like he did, would she have won? We’ll never know.
This is not a political blog. I am writing about the fact that there are a lot of people, with a lot of money, and they need to help the state, rather than worry about running the state. How many scholarships would 142 million dollars provide to needy students?
Being a Canadian citizen, I don’t vote. This is not about bashing Whitman because I am a Brown supporter. This is about a mother who thinks it’s wrong that teachers, who are educating future generations, need to buy their own school supplies because there is no money.
Whitman may in fact give a lot of money to help people, but all we’ve heard about is how much money she spent on becoming Governor. I feel bad for her. I imagine she is heartbroken to have invested 142 million dollars into something that has become nothing.
I hope this election leads to change. We can’t continue to buy into the American Dream rhetoric when the country is falling apart. This is the United States of America and it’s time we all united because if we go on like this much longer, it may be impossible to rebuild.
To add insult to injury, Meg Whitman can’t even console herself with a big fat joint to take the edge off. Damn it California, how much can one woman take? No win AND no pot? As we begin the madness that will be the run to 2012, all we can do is hope for the best, and keep the faith.
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