Meg Whitman bets $150 million on herself and loses every penny

On the eve of what will apparently be a big Republican win (at least with regards to the House of Representatives), there’s not much we liberals can look forward to tomorrow, election day. So, let’s say we dig up a little something for our bruised spirits, eh?

When I look across the political landscape, I do see a result we can take some perverse satisfaction in. Tomorrow, the very, very rich, endlessly media-pestering California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and her political career will hit bottom with an audible thud. And with her loss to Jerry Brown, she’ll have but a few videos, news clips and bits of campaign memorabilia to remember the disastrous affair by.

And that is a sweet, sweet cameo to paint in your head. Because this arrogant fool spent $150 million of her own money only to suffer an historic loss. My lord, 150 million dollars.

And you thought Arianna’s ex, Michael Huffington, was a rich idiot? He only blew $28 million in a losing ’94 bid for the Senate against Dianne Feinstein. Coupla’ years later, he divorced Arianna and admitted he was a bisexual, so it will be interesting to watch what Meg’s future will hold.

Anyhoo, 150 million dollars in return for . . zero. Nada, zip. Discounting lots of embarrassment and piles of right-wing frustration, a grand total of nothing for all that money.

Enough for. . what? What sorts of things could Meg have bought for all that cash she just threw on her ego’s funeral pyre?

How about The Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California? Over 120 acres, it’s one of the top 5 residential sites for sale in the United States.

“The ranch includes a 12,500-square-foot, Mission-style main house, six guest houses (one of which is a brick beauty from the 1920s known as Sitting Bull) and 10 factory-built homes for staff quarters. There is also a a roughly 20,000-square-foot barn with 37 individually heated stalls and an automated horse watering system, three show rings, a veterinary clinic and of course, a helipad.”

Of course. Listing price: $75 million. Just think, Meg could have bought two of these places. Lived in one and used the other for kindling on a cold night. Could have poached the extra for spare butlers, maids and sundry lickspittlery.

Hmm, what else? She could’ve funded all of the improvements and expansions of Massachusetts’ venerated Westfield State Uniuversity.

Founded in 1838 by noted educator and social reformer Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender and economic class, WSU is the most residential of public institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts.

The additions include a 4 story, 410 bed residence hall, dining commons improvements of 200-300 seats and a fitness center, and an academic center for specialized science and technology work. And a bunch of other smaller improvements and additions. Total cost: $100 million. Gee — that’s all?

What to do with the last $50 million. How about a “Whitman School for the Study of Political Science”? Kidding! God knows Meg’s never really been interested in politics. Maybe the “Whitman Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Narcissism”?

No? Well, fine. Then it’s time to crank up the metal industries: Meg could have underwritten the “world’s largest aluminum plant built in one phase.” My oh MY — who wouldn’t be proud of that?

The greenfield Qatalum project will include an aluminum smelter with a capacity of 585,000 tons per year, and a dedicated 1350-MW power plant station to ensure a stable supply of electricity. The smelter will be located in the Mesaieed Industrial City, about 40 kilometers south of the Qatar’s capital, Doha, near a natural bay on the southern coast of the Qatar Eastern Peninsula.

Hoo boy. Coulda been the “Whitman Eastern Peninsula Half-Megaton Qatalum Smelter.” Talk about your lightweight, high-tensile strength opportunities!

ABB will supply a high-voltage power rectifier station consisting of ten high-current rectifiers rated at 1750 volts, ten regulating and rectifier transformers, System 800xA control and protection systems, two SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems, two direct-current measuring systems and various auxiliary . .

. . all for only $140 million. What a vanity project. The whole thing screams ”MEG WHITMAN! MEG! WHITMAN!” — doesn’t it? And with the last $10 million in loose change, she could have overspent the San Jose campaign for dogcatcher. And lost.


7 thoughts Meg Whitman bets $150 million on herself and loses every penny

  1. Kinda makes one wonder where all that money went and who bought a new Porsche, doesn’t it?

    BTW, congrats on the Crooks and Liars link.

    They do good stuff for us little fellers.

  2. avatar Frank says:

    So that’s how the rich actually spend their tax cuts…

  3. avatar Terry Morlan says:

    What was that half baked ( I mean drug using) woman thinking? Why when these money whores and I don’t just mean women have that kind of money don’t they do something noble and just for their fellow man and not blow it out their asses? what is wrong with this picture, is it because I can so p/o. What arrogance, no wonder when the chinese come with their hands out we will be handed over for slave labor to work in the factories these elitist pukes gave them. We can’t thank them more for thinking of themselves rather than their countrymen.

  4. avatar toma says:

    Thanks, Busted, it’s nice when we get a little sugar.

    Terry, I grew up in a town with a lot of rich people, and I can roughly tell you what Meg’s thinking was: “I am doing a great thing for California by forcing myself upon them. You can ask my friends — I’m just that amazing.” These rich bastards are walking black holes of ego and self-congratulation. She hates politics, yet she thinks she can out-govern and politic everybody else on the planet? Yes. It’s the most expensive mistake she’ll ever make.

  5. avatar rmf says:

    Guaranteed this went through her walnut: “I should never have been so cruel to my wetback”.

    As Malloy says…what a piece of human waste.

  6. avatar toma says:

    HA. Latinos broke very late in the polling, they apparently don’t make rash decisions. But they KILLED her campaign. After the illegal home maker fiasco, she tanked in the polls, and goodbye, Megabuck$.

    Nevada’s Sharron Angle was up on Reid in every poll with 4 weeks to go. But after the Hispanic student union debacle (“c’mon, you people are Asian . .”), Latinos broke for Reid 90%/5% (!!!). Nobody saw the underdog Reid winning easy, but he beat her by a full 5%.

    Best thing about this is that Conservatives think the illegal immigration issue is still a big winner for them, when it’s now toxic in the western states.

  7. avatar Don says:

    I am opposed to both legal and illegal immigration. This country is overpopulated, and 21 million Americans are out of work.

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