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Meg Whitman: 'I would Defend Prop 8'. Courage Campaign: 'You Can't'

At a news conference yesterday, California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said that, unlike Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Brown who have declined defending the measure, she would defend Proposition 8 if elected governor:

Whitman"The issue right now is, as I understand is 'Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?' " Whitman said. "And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court."

The Courage Campaign took Whitman's hypothetical situation and threw it in the trash.

Said Courage Campaign director Rick Jacobs:

"She wouldn't be governor yet. The appeals court will decide before there would be a change of governor and attorney general...You're going to see us making it clear that Meg Whitman is unqualified to be governor on any stand."

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  1. *cough* lazy eye *cough*

    Posted by: richard | Aug 21, 2010 5:07:34 PM

  2. The Whitman campaign can best be summarized as:

    "I am rich and want a nice title to go along with my wealth, gimme, gimme, gimme"

    It is the same deal with Fiorina. What's really scary is these two spoiled, privileged queens can actually win on that shallow platform. This is California after all. These are the people who gave us Clueless, Beverly Hills 90210, and The OC.

    Posted by: John | Aug 21, 2010 5:34:52 PM

  3. @John, ummm... Clueless was a pretty insightful reworking of a Jane Austen novel, and I'm pretty sure they would have skewered Whitman in the same way given the film's viewpoint of its spoiled characters.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 21, 2010 5:44:17 PM

  4. Thank God we stopped giving money to Democrats...

    Posted by: Rory | Aug 21, 2010 5:58:41 PM

  5. I don't understand Rory's comment. Gov. Schwarzeneggar, who is not appealing, is a Republican. Meanwhile, Pres. Obama, a Democrat, is aggressively defending DOMA in court, to the point of urging courts to hold that gays and lesbians are constitutional outcasts. If I were a Californian, I'd give money to Jerry Brown for Governor, but I refuse to subsidize Obama and the political homophobes running the national Democratic Party. I put my constitutional rights above party loyalty. Get some self-respect, Rory.

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Aug 21, 2010 6:12:59 PM

  6. Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina would be an unmitigated disaster for California. I just hope the electorate can see through their lies and hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 21, 2010 7:32:52 PM




    Posted by: MarkDC | Aug 21, 2010 7:37:23 PM

  8. Meg Whitman reminds me of a German fraulein with those big round eyes. They look like hard-boiled eggs. As for her anti-gay attitudes, maybe it's time we gays boycotted ebay.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 21, 2010 7:43:36 PM

  9. But, but, but, if gays could marry then Meg and Carly could marry each other. (Who else would have them?)

    I think they both prove that the biggest factor in attaining great wealth is luck.

    Let's hope that is not the biggest factor in obtaining high office.

    Posted by: Nuptials in a Nutshell | Aug 21, 2010 7:44:38 PM

  10. I don't think anyone has mentioned, but the California Republican Convention is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The same hotel under boycott due to Doug Manchester's donation to Prop 8.

    Another slap in the face to gays from the Republican Party.

    Posted by: CB | Aug 21, 2010 8:12:14 PM

  11. Can a woman be a douchebag?

    She'll never be governor because of her extreme views on just about everything. And the fact most people in the state except the most strident Republicans hate her.

    And as far as Fiorina -- she sank a company and walk away with a huge golden parachute. She is exactly what is wrong with the world today and why we are in the mess we're in.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 21, 2010 8:20:31 PM

  12. Carla and Meg are corporate people who rule by fiat. It is not something that works well in government where they have to negotiate and work with governmental equals. They have no concept of the theory of governance and are therefore on par with George Bush. They will ruin whatever they're involved in because they are sociopaths and elitits (that was on purpose)

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 21, 2010 8:55:20 PM

  13. Well, i hate to be this blunt about how much she is contributing to her campaign, but if the capital gains taxes and other upper 1% income taxes re appear on both State and Federal Level she will have lost practically that much to the tax system anyway. Plus with her leaving office she will be able to recoup most of the money spent getting into office on "consultant deals" like every other politician receives from corporations and lobbyist firms when they exit office for their good deeds to their corproate benefactors while they wer ein office

    Posted by: Doug | Aug 21, 2010 8:58:32 PM

  14. @MarkDC - Takes one to know one. :P

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 21, 2010 9:14:13 PM

  15. Maybe Target will make a donation to her campaign.

    Posted by: David | Aug 21, 2010 9:17:16 PM

  16. She did crunch the numbers and this kind of attitude benefits her politically. She knows gay people won't vote for her anyways, so she is appealing to people's fears with a promise she is fully aware she cannot deliver. Education and information are the best weapons against fear mongers like Ms. Whitman.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 21, 2010 9:36:11 PM

  17. Views like hers destroy the morality of a society. After all the damage done to gays by American laws over the years, why are we even waiting anymore? Bush was a disaster -- why would we elect anyone else who refuses to see us as normal human beings??

    If civil unions are so great, tell her to get one herself.

    Posted by: X | Aug 21, 2010 11:01:41 PM

  18. Of course she fails to understand Walker's core finding: only those who can show they would be harmed by ss marriage have standing.

    @MARKDC: Whitman has so much wrong with her, why stoop to misogyny?

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 21, 2010 11:20:03 PM

  19. @ Pete



    Posted by: MarkDC | Aug 22, 2010 1:10:21 AM

  20. No one spends $103 million to get a $250,000 a year job even out of noblesse oblige. Meg-alomaniac wouldn't spend a dime if she didn't think she'd reap billions in return for herself and her big business buddies.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Aug 22, 2010 1:36:16 AM

  21. It is important to note how Meg deals.

    On climate change and immigration Meg stepped to the left of her party.

    In order to make that move and get the support of her party she needed to throw a bone to the rabid rightwing.

    In her mind our constitutional rights were a suitable bone.

    That's how she deals.

    This way she gets to make inroads to the Latino Catholic vote in L.A. where she is spending heavily.

    She also gets to pull some votes from environmentally conscious libertarians and middle-of-the-road Reagan democrats who are tired of hearing from us on gay rights.

    She's already appealed to 7 million voters who took our rights away. So, could be a winning strategy.

    Esp. since the deciding votes for Governor could be cast in L.A. and that is where Prop 8 went down. Wonder how those voters are polling on these questions, that kind of info should start coming out in the next few weeks.

    In any case it's a very interesting political year in CA.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 22, 2010 2:01:03 AM

  22. "So if I was governor..."
    Bitch doesn't even know that she should be using the subjunctive tense (rather than the past tense) in a contrary to fact clause; ie "So if I were governor..."
    Which she wasn't, isn't, and hopefully won't be.

    Posted by: grammerqueen | Aug 22, 2010 2:58:09 AM

  23. I was considering making a few comments of my own but after reading some of these, I really can't add too much more other than this. @WOODROAD34D:Do you have any idea how many corporate officials become political officials in this country, and vice versa? Some even yo-yo back and forth seamlessly too. The numbers would astound you. I highly recommend a documentary entitled "The Corporation". It's time-consuming but, explicitly informative.

    Posted by: jeromeinatl | Aug 22, 2010 4:37:38 AM

  24. I Don't even know her but I already hate this bitch!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Aug 22, 2010 6:41:24 AM

  25. @Skeptical Cicada: "Gov. Schwarzeneggar, who is not appealing, is a Republican."

    I had to re-read that a few times before I realized it was about Prop 8.

    Posted by: A. Beaverhausen | Aug 22, 2010 7:53:13 AM

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