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New Donkey Ad: Meg Whitman in ‘Foiled Again’

In 2010 Midterm Elections, Californication, Donkey Ad Watch, Politics on August 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

Meg Whitman: "My voting record is abysmal. My registration record is abysmal."

We at TheDonkeyEdge are thrilled and honored to have created this new ad for California Nurses Association and Courage Campaign which launches today. It skewers Meg Whitman by contrasting her pathetic voting record with the struggles of the courageous women who fought for the right to vote and achieved groundbreaking success 90 years ago this month. Here’s the e-mail from Courage Campaign:

Dear Friend —

Honestly, I’m offended by Meg Whitman.

Ninety years ago this August, women won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was finally ratified in 1920.

I take that right seriously. Meg Whitman doesn’t.

Whitman wants to be governor of California. But she has rarely voted in three decades. Shouldn’t our next governor show more respect for our right to vote — and for the struggles that earned women the right to vote?On Thursday, August 26, nurses and activists from across California will travel to Sacramento for a rally celebrating women’s right to vote. Many will take a train to Sacramento, honoring the suffragist movement and their success, and dressing in costumes from the suffragist era.

Even if you can’t join the rally, you can still help us send a message to Meg. Click here to watch our video about how Meg Whitman has taken the 19th Amendment for granted. Then sign up to Vote-By-Mail — the most reliable method of voting in every election. Show that you’ll stand up for voting rights, even if Meg Whitman won’t:

Suffragists fought for decades to win the right to vote. They faced sexism, violence, and other obstacles in their effort to secure equal rights.

Ninety years later, full equality still eludes us. Many women are denied the right to marry the person they love. Others lack health care services, education, and jobs.

Meg Whitman supports Prop 8. She pledges to cut public funding for health care and education. She’s already promised mass layoffs if she becomes governor, just as she did at eBay. And she can’t even be bothered to exercise that most basic of rights — the right to vote.

That’s why the Courage Campaign and the California Nurses Association created this video to hold Meg Whitman accountable for her deplorable voting record. Please watch our video and then apply to Vote-By-Mail — it’s the most effective way to stand up for voting rights today:

Thank you for showing Meg Whitman that you take women’s rights seriously.

Sarah Callahan
Chief Operating Officer, Courage Campaign

Please join us at TheDonkeyEdge in supporting the efforts of California Nurses Association and Courage Campaign today.

Here’s more on Meg Whitman’ non-existent voting history (here) and her campaign strategy of lies, lies, lies (here).

– SH & SF

Meg Whitman’s Advice To Voters: “It Just Doesn’t Matter”

In 2010 Midterm Elections, Californication, Politics on August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

"I should have voted and I didn't."

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:

  1. In 1829 in Kentucky, Nicholas Coleman defeated Adam Beatty 2,520 to 2,519.
  2. In 1847 in Indiana, George G. Dunn defeated David M. Dobson 7,455 to 7,454.
  3. In 1847 in Virginia, Thomas S. Flournoy defeated his opponent 650 to 649.
  4. In 1854 in Illinois, James C. Allen defeated William B. Archer 8,452 to 8,451.
  5. 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:

– SH

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.


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