September 27, 2009
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has announced that she's running for the GOP's nomination for Governor here in California, but she's hit a bit of a snag:
Shortly after Whitman gave the state party $250,000 of her own money for voter-registration efforts, the [Sacramento] Bee reported there was no evidence that she had ever registered to vote before 2002 and she had not registered as a Republican until 2007.
On Saturday, Whitman refused to answer repeated questions from reporters about her voting record, including why she didn't register and when she first registered as a Republican. Instead, she repeated a previous apology for failing to vote and said she had been wrong not to.
"I did not vote. I should've voted. It is inexcusable," she said. "I've said what I'm going to say about it."
Press aides eventually told reporters to move on to another topic.
In other words, shut up, they explained.
Look, I've voted in just about every election since I was eligible to do so, and I'm not just talking about national elections, either. I've voted on just about every city council election and every stupid "It's For The Children" bond measure that's come down the pike since I was eighteen. I fucking love voting, because it reminds me that even if I don't get my way, I'm a freeborn citizen of the greatest country this generally miserable world has ever seen.
That said, am I more qualified to lead California than Ms. Whitman is? Fuck no. And I frankly wouldn't want the job. But for the state's GOP voters to entrust the job to someone who hasn't bothered to get involved in the political process in even the easiest, most casual fashion? That seems like a bad idea. Especially since she seems to have become a member of the party relatively recently, without a track record on conservative issues.
Oh, and while the Sac Bee is a paper that's mainly interested in California politics, I just have to wonder...did any of their reporters dig into Obama's voting records last year? Is there any MSM publication that has done so? I don't doubt that he's been an active voter, but has anybody checked out, say, whether or not he registered as a member of the New Party back in the day?
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