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Meg Whitman's Clinton Endorsement: What It Says About IT Pros
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jries921
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8/9/2016 | 10:45:46 AM
Re: Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
I was living out of state when she ran (I moved from California to Utah in 2004), so I don't know how good of a campaign she ran.  In any case, it's clear that the California Republican Party is in as much need of credible candidates as is the Utah Democratic Party, and in both cases, the activists seem to have little interest in recruiting them (orthodoxy has become vastly more important than electability in both states).
tjgkg
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8/9/2016 | 10:29:01 AM
Re: Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
I don't know about that. She has been mostly GOP establishment in the last couple of elections. In 2016 she went with Chris Christie of all people so her denunciations of Trump are quite strange. She ran a poor campaign for governor in 2010 and lost big time to Jerry Brown. She did not vote for 28 years. Now she is bolting from the party to endorse the opposition. That might appeal to Romney and the Bush's, but I'm not sure how the rest of the GOP will like it. She's not a leader, more like an opportunist.
tjgkg
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8/9/2016 | 10:20:53 AM
Re: Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
She ran a pretty terrible campaign for Governor. I'm not sure the GOP will really feel bad about her actions because while she has a lot of wealth, she has little credibility. In fact there was a point in her life where she did not vote for 28 years. That is half her life and most of her voting life.
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8/9/2016 | 10:14:05 AM
Re: Better than the other guy...
Agreed. She is trying to position herself as a maverick but still trying to keep her connections to the GOP. I guess she feels emboldened because the Bushes and some other GOP establishment figures are not going along with Trump. I don't remember hearing much from her during the GOP primaries. She's just a sore loser like the other folks in the GOP. There's not much to commend for a person who chooses to abandon her party for the opposition. It says more about her failings than anything else.
jries921
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8/9/2016 | 10:06:06 AM
Re: Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
She is a current tech executive, but one who has run for public office a time or two (most recently for Governor of California in 2010).
Joe Stanganelli
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8/9/2016 | 6:45:54 AM
Re: Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
I guess I fail to see how, even if you're a Republican, endorsing Hillary Clinton in this election makes you "stand out" in Silicon Valley.  That's about as bold a statement in the Bay Area as saying "AI holds a lot of promise!" or "Technology is good!"  Whoopty-doo, Meg.  You're a real maverick.

Name three Silicon Valley A-listers who are endorsing Donald Trump (or, for that matter, any candidate other than Clinton).  I'll spot you Peter Thiel, and Carly Fiorina doesn't count.


Joe Stanganelli
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8/9/2016 | 6:40:16 AM
Not an endorsement...
This is not an endorsement or denouncement of any candidate.  Just pointing out: Party lines or not, in what dictionary is voting for the legacy Washington insider who is a member of the incumbent party over the political outsider from a non-incumbent party a "disrupt[ion]" of status quo???

If she prefers Hillary to Donald (which is hardly a controversial position, even -- nay, especially -- among high-profile Republicans), she can say so without making any high-falutin' attempts to pass off the endorsement as one of nobility and Silicon Valley savvy.

If she really wants to be disruptive with her vote, why not Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein, or (if she REALLY wants to be "disruptive") Vermin Supreme?

tl;dr: 'tever.
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8/9/2016 | 1:00:28 AM
Better than the other guy...
Not really a ringing endorsement is it?  Doesn't that say something?
Charlie Babcock
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8/8/2016 | 1:34:54 PM
Meg Whitman was behaving like a politician -- and a good one
Meg Whitman may be a former technology executive, a breed that periodically goes against the grain, but she has opted to enter the political arena. And I think she's functioning with eye toward the future in the latter, rather than displaying traits carried over from the former. She separated herself from the pack with her cross-over, showed she could think long range for herself and showed the spark of courage. In the shambles that is sure to follow this election, she will stand out as a leader.
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