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Will Revelations About Meg Whitman's Former Employee Win The California Gubernatorial Election For Jerry Brown?: Left of Center View

Sad isnít it that American politics today are more about exposing the other candidateís skeletons than about how qualified a person is for a particular job. Should we elect a Governor simply based on the fact that he (or she) is not someone else.

Mud-slinging is an American political tradition. If you donít really have much of a platform to stand on do your best to weaken your opponents. And it must work because thatís how to political machine has been running along for over 100 years. Every now and then a candidate will come along, who is both charismatic and who had bold ideas and an eloquent way of stating them. Fortunately those select few seem to run a campaign of being for something and still get into office. Itís the less charismatic folks that really have to watch out. How else to you explain a draft dodger using swift boat captains to question a war hero?

But letís take a look at the current Gubernatorial race. Both Meg and Jerry seem to be similar in how they come off on television. They both appear to be blessed with the ability to talk with conviction without actually saying anything at all. When Brown was Governor he did do some pretty radical things, but that was in the 70ís and everyone was doing radical things. Today heís better remembered for having dated a celebrity than he is for anything he did while in office.

Meg made a lot of money off of eBay.

Jerry was the Mayor of Oakland and again Iím sure he did a lot of things, but again heís better remembered for running around the lake than for any policy he instated, wait, sorry. Heís also remembered for bankrupting their school system, but again itís not clear if that was his fault or if he was just taking a stand. Either way he was in the news and Iím sure I had a strong opinion about him at the time.

Meg made a LOT of money off of eBay. Oh and she has a plan. Never actually heard the plan itself, just that it exists.

So unless you, the American voter more specifically the California voter, are willing to do a little research, and by the way was that last debate even televised?, the chances of knowing the candidates for more than their advertising is chancy at best. The biggest problem in this election is that there isnít really anyone worth getting all excited about. Young Jerry Brown, sure he had a little excitement to him, older Jerry is a career politician whoís forgotten how to connect with the common folks he pretends to represent. Meg has a lot of money and a plan, and, and, she made it all off of eBay.

We need new blood in the political arena folks. We need new ideas and change. We need college campuses to become hot-beds of political activism. We need the younger generation to get involved cause the old way of doing things sure ainít working.

Should these revelations about her former employee have a bearing on the election? Yes, but only if one candidate or the other actually came out and took a clear stand on one side or the other of the immigration issue that this incident has become a symbol of.

Thanks for listening Ė

Bill


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Will Revelations About Meg Whitman's Former Employee Win The California Gubernatorial Election For Jerry Brown?: Right of Center View

Here we go again. Any time a Republican threatens to win the race the Democrats invent a scandal. They did the same thing to Schwarzenegger when he ran for Governor. We should be used to it by now. Every election right before the end there is some great revelation that changes everything supposedly. Itís like watching a freaking soap opera!

Maybe thatís why the Dems never get anything done. Theyíre so busy writing the scripts for the next election they donít have time to actually do the job they were elected to do. Itís just one long campaign that never ends. With each cycle the attacks get a little more personal and a lot less relevant to the issues faced by voters every day. You canít blame the politicians too much though. When you spend your whole life campaigning itís not that surprising that you would become good at dirty politics. After a lifetime of power and privilege you would not be able to imagine a life without it. So you do what needs to be done to hold on to it as long as possible.

Thatís one reason why we need new blood in the halls of power. The Tea Party movement might be the best thing to happen to American politics in the last century. For the longest period of time in the history of our country the same two political parties have held power in our nation. Maybe itís time for a new party to emerge as a force for change. Maybe Obama had the right idea but just the wrong plan. We do need change in America. We need to take our nation back from the special interests. We need new ideas driving the debate. We need a new generation of patriots to lead our nation into the future.

The dirty politics of the California Gubernatorial election are nothing new and donít really merit discussion. Meg Whitman hired an illegal and now denies knowing about it. That sounds like pretty typical politics to me. Will it make her a better or worse Governor? Who knows? Chances are it wonít have any effect on her ability to do the job. Does it speak to her character? Probably but letís be honest here, how many of us have not cut a legal corner here or there to save a buck or get where we want to go sooner? We all do things that we could have done better. People make mistakes. The current California governor used to smoke pot by his own admission. It didnít prevent him from doing the job but it was a campaign issue.

People need to vote for the candidate who will best represent their interests. Voting should be both selfish and altruistic at the same time. You have to think about the greater good and what you need to survive at the same time. It sucks on some level that we have to balance those needs every time we vote but that is how it works. It is what it is. What we can all likely agree on is that the current politicians in power donít seem to be getting the job done. Old school thinking is not going to get it done. We need innovators and problem solvers. Expecting the people who created the problem to solve it is pretty silly. If they could have fixed it we wouldnít be in the mess weíre in now.

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