Posted on | October 27, 2010 | 17 Comments
Despite fond hopes expressed by professional Republican “experts” — and Smitty, too — we must consider the unfortunate likelihood that the many millions spent by Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman will purchase only defeat.
Conservative friends familiar with California have praise for Fiorina. Whitman . . . eh, not so much.
Just as I hate to think a mere poll conclusively proves that GOP hopes in California are as extinct as a mastodon in the La Brea tar pits, I hesitate to judge people based on press accounts. But after reading this story about Whitman’s campaign spending, the obvious question is: Why would Republicans expect anyone to vote for such a damned fool?
Whitman has pumped more than $141 million of her own money into the campaign, and some $17 million has been spent on consultants and related expenses. . . .
Whitman has relied on a number of former eBay colleagues with limited political experience. Tokoni Inc., founded by former eBay executives Mary Lou Song and Alex Kazim, has been paid about $4 million to handle online services . . .
Henry Gomez, who oversaw public relations at eBay during Whitman’s tenure, is now a senior advisor to her campaign, overseeing speechwriting and press relations. His firm, HSG, has been paid nearly $913,940, according to campaign finance reports. Gomez and Kazim are both registered Democrats. . . .
Whitman’s team also includes veterans, such as chief strategist Mike Murphy, who once advised Mitt Romney and John McCain among other Republicans. His firm, Bonaparte Films, LLC, earns $90,000 a month. Campaign manager Jillian Hasner, the wife of Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, (R-Boca Raton), earns $30,000 a month.
There’s a lot there to make your eyes roll, but just imagine: Paying your “chief strategist” three times what you pay the campaign manager, while spending millions more to pay registered Democrats to work for your Republican campaign.
And I’m sure lots of grassroots conservatives in California are lined up outside Whitman’s campaign offices awaiting their opportunity to be unpaid volunteers, knowing that Murphy collects $3,000 a day to strategize the campaign that Hasner is paid $1,000 a day to manage.
All this called to mind a post from two months ago, quoting the words of a soldier who commented on the incompetence of his commanders in a letter home: