Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rich Woman, Poor Woman, Beggar Woman, Thief

It was Night of the Republican Woman in the primary elections held around the country this Tuesday to pick candidates for the November 2010 races. You could count them on the cherry stones: rich woman, poor woman, beggar woman, thief.

There is a school of political thought that you should vote the biography not the issues. Let's see how that works with the new women of the Republican Party.

Meg Whitman is the rich woman and has so far spent $71 million of her own money (plus $10 million of other people's money) running for Governor of California. Meg ran eBay for 10 years, taking the company from $4.7 million to $8 billion in annual sales. Her net worth is reported to be $1.4 billion, making her one of the great entrepreneurs of the internet. She created 15,000 jobs at eBay and made the thousands upon thousands of small businesses that sell and trade on eBay possible.

Fun fact: In a previous job at Hasbro, Meg played a role in importing Teletubbies into the U.S.

Carly Fiorina as the former CEO of Hewlett Packard is the relatively poor woman running for U.S. Senate in California. Carly was reported at one time to have a net worth of $2.2 billion, but she now reports it's in the range of $30-120 million. With an apparent reduction in net worth of 95% to 99%, Carly's memoir Tough Choices would seem better titled Tough Luck.

Fun fact: Carly's campaign first gained our notice with her resemblance to Martha Coakley.

Nikki Haley must play beggar woman for votes again on June 22 in her primary race for Governor of South Carolina, as she finished at 49% just shy of the 50% needed to win her five-way race under state election law. Her closest challenger got 22% and will need to do some speed dating to catch her in just 2 weeks. Nikki's parents immigrated to the U.S. from India, which if she wins the race will make her the second Indian-American governor of a southern state (along with Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana). Would those xenophobic, racist, confederate-flag-flying rednecks down South do that? You betcha.

Fun fact: During the primary campaign, two players in the South Carolina Republican Party claimed to have had affairs with Nikki, which drove her poll numbers straight up by double digits.

Sharron Angle is the thief, the Tea Party Express candidate who stole the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Nevada in a three way race with Sue Lowden, the former Chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party (the barter for health care with chickens lady), and Danny Tarkanian, son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Fun fact: The old pols don't give Sharron much chance against Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader whose reelection bid she will be hoping to tea bag in November. I don't know, September and October are two very pleasant months to tea party in Vegas.

My prediction is that 3 out of 4 of these women will win in November. And I will renew my previous prediction that the first woman President of the United States will be elected in 2016, and she will not be Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin.

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