Quote of the week

Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., seeking an explanation for California’s continuing sojourn in the wilderness, decides that it’s not entirely a partisan problem:

The national GOP should spend a little more time thinking about the philosophy, and a little less time being impressed by the wallets of, potential candidates they will throw their weight behind. Quick thoughts on Carly Fiorina. Her company HP sold technology to Iran and outsourced high-tech jobs to China. Her best buddy in Congress is the uber-rich Democrat Jane Harman, whose company Harman Industries also sold technology to Iran and outsourced jobs to China. With friends like that…

Carly Fiorina was not a Republican, any more than Jane Harman is a Democrat. They are instead members of the Shakespeare Theater Donation Big-Wigs in Washington D.C. They run for Congress like the Jersey Housewives show off their cleavage on t.v.

They need something to do.

This explains much about Meg Whitman’s bidding war for the governorship.


  1. Lisa Paul »

    5 November 2010 · 2:33 pm

    Republicans in California don’t want to hear this because they are looking for the quick-fix magic bullet golden plated candidate who will hand them a victory immediately, but they need to play politics the old fashioned way. They need to find some good centrist grassroots politicians and nurture their way up through the ranks and from office to office until they have the experience to be viable. Like Ronald Reagan or not, and I didn’t, but the man served his time in the trenches of the political process before he ran for governor. In a state where the Democratic Party can field any number of candidates with years of experience and accomplishment, the Republicans aren’t going to win by fielding someone like Whitman, who was such a neophyte to politics that she hadn’t even registered and voted in this state until a few years ago (she’s been here 25 years.)

    But wait, why am I giving away this strategy? I’m a Democrat!

  2. CGHill »

    5 November 2010 · 9:19 pm

    A number of members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, consulted on these matters, asserted that the national GOP is clueless, but the California GOP is hopeless.

    I don’t doubt that they’re hoping for a magic bullet, but elections, unfortunately, run on ballots.

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