Meg Whitman’s voting record has more holes in it than a Dick Cheney hunting buddy. In 2000 Business Week listed Whitman among a group of top executives with “worse than spotty voting records”. While she was CEO of E-bay, E-Meg didn’t vote in either of the California special gubernatorial elections in 2003 and 2005. In fact, she only registered as a Republican in 2007.
So what does Meg say about all this?
“It doesn’t actually matter. It doesn’t matter. My voting record is actually atrocious, and my registration record is atrocious.”
She nonchalantly flipped this phrase out in an interview like she has million-dollar bills. To date, Whitman has donated $104 Million dollars to her own campaign – making it the largest non-presidential campaign budget in the history of American politics… ever.
Even her own partisans have a problem with her voting record:
“It’s a dereliction of our first duty as American citizens. We’re talking about someone who has practically not voted her entire adult life. This is embarrassing.”
To be fair, Meg has voted. She’s lived in six states and has voted in one. There have been twenty-one presidential and mid-term elections that she has been eligible to vote in and she has voted in five. If she were a ball player she’d have a batting average below the Mendoza line. But to her credit she did fess up:
“Every citizen should take time to vote, and on more than one occasion, I didn’t,” the former eBay chief told the GOP activists. “Voting is a precious gift handed down by generations of Americans. I regret not having delivered my vote on several occasions.”
Isn’t that enough? Not according to one of Sarah Palin’s favorite founding fathers (remember, she likes “all of them”):
“We in America do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1787
Remember those hanging chads in Bush-Gore 2000 and the hand-counting in Franken-Whatshisname in Minnesota in 2008? It does matter now and it has mattered throughout American history.
In fact here are five examples of how one vote really did make a difference in elections to the U.S. House of Representatives:
- In 1829 in Kentucky, Nicholas Coleman defeated Adam Beatty 2,520 to 2,519.
- In 1847 in Indiana, George G. Dunn defeated David M. Dobson 7,455 to 7,454.
- In 1847 in Virginia, Thomas S. Flournoy defeated his opponent 650 to 649.
- In 1854 in Illinois, James C. Allen defeated William B. Archer 8,452 to 8,451.
- In 1882 in Virginia, Robert M. Mayo defeated George T. Garrison 10,505 to 10,504.
So Meg didn’t want to participate in the process by voting before, but she now wants to have the most important vote in California?
I’ll leave it to Meg Whitman’s new campaign manager, Bill Murray, to sum up:
You can find our post “Meg, Lies and Videotape” here.
8/24 UPDATE: See our new ad that skewers Meg Whitman’s voting record here.