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.