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Tue Mar 17 2009 16:41:38

Meg Whitman Channels the Gipper on Cover of Fortune

By: Ina Steiner

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Maybe you've seen the image of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman on the cover of Fortune magazine? David's immediate thought was that her campaign was subtly comparing her to Ronald Reagan.

My initial reaction to seeing Meg Whitman's horse-woman pose was to think of the dude ranch she bought near Telluride for $20 million. In this economy, with California's budget crisis in particular, wouldn't conspicuous frugality be a more effective image? 

Before I had a chance to post this last night, a California political columnistbeat me to the punch. "When you're a billionaire businesswoman living in Atherton, the horse might not play that well with out-of-work Californians looking for a promise of shared sacrifice from their next governor."




And while Reagan had lots of movie fans, I'm not sure eBay users will be as receptive to her bid for governor. Forgive the pun.




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by: kitty

Tue Mar 17 18:19:35 2009

Meg Whitman as Ronald Reagan?
Please!
Ronald Reagan slept through most of his presidency, created a recession, and bombed a country or two.
Meg Whitman, wide awake bombed my small business.
Ok, so I see the similarities....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Groucho

Tue Mar 17 18:56:30 2009

Which one is the horse?

(Sorry, just a little joke for my 100% feedback/all 4.9 DSRs fellow sellers who have been put out of business by Best Match)....

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by: ebay=penny stock

Tue Mar 17 19:37:42 2009

If you turned both of them around they would all look alike.

A little tucking, and sucking would do wonders for the horse.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Tue Mar 17 20:27:13 2009

The cover is yet another sad demonstration of just how much the new corporate royalty -- who nearly universally made their fortunes off the backs of the disappearing middle class -- is out of touch with the rest of the country if not the world.

Reagonomics, which included a plan to destroy labor unions, drive down middle class wages, ignore Sherman anti-trust, deregulate business, give tax breaks to the wealthy, and generally ignore any other body of regulations "restricting" business, is the economics favored by John McCain in 2008 and NEG MEG WHITMAN in 2010.

Reaganomics/trickle down/free market economicsis the economics by the obscenely rich for the obscenely rich.

IT IS THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT IS DIRECTLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISASTRUOUS MESS WE'RE IN TODAY.

Lemming Republicans have done their level best to elevate Reagan to sainthood and re-write history.

Meg Whitman is a piranha whose objective is still higher office and her immediate agenda is transform Calfornia into a state where Republicans are in the majority.

Let's hope Californians aren't as star struck with The Woman who Killed Ebay as they were with the governator.

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by: Patrick Alexander

Tue Mar 17 21:06:21 2009

It's really like watching a Twilight Zone episode.

Another ''Legend in their own mind.''

:0)

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by: Kal

Tue Mar 17 22:02:30 2009

To Groucho:

''Which one is the horse?''

Thank you very much for the laugh.

To Ming:

It's sad isn't it. Everything you say is SO true.

By the way, today's New York Daily News front page headline in huge letters: ''A. I. G. is a P. I. G''

Ming, you couldn't say it any better.

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by: Rofl

Tue Mar 17 22:21:35 2009

Meg Whitman as Ronald Raygun? Meg Whitman in any public office of any importance?
Yes, cue the twilight zone music.

ROFLOL
Further reading in that vein;
Try the wikipedia pages for "Bedtime for Bonzo" and "Bonzo goes to Bitburg"

Seriously, I doubt the republicans have a snowball's chance anyway, but if she wants to waste her ill-gotten gains, crash & burn in utter humiliation, go for it.

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by: Joe

Tue Mar 17 23:11:23 2009

She has a look like "does anyone believe this" with no smile or facial expression. Reagan on the other hand not only has a smile and "this is me "
expression, he also has a better breed of horse.

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by: Digusting

Wed Mar 18 05:41:11 2009

Egads ! it's two awful actors that lie cheat and steal. 1. reagon denied aids for years and caused (along with the bush crimes) the mess we are in now. @. Meg the idiot ruined ebay and will do the same for ca., I would rather poke my eyes out than to vote for that witch.

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by: Daisy

Wed Mar 18 07:52:19 2009

Well, she's looking a lot better these. Better groomed, subdued, maybe even handsome. Oh, wait. I was looking at the horse. Never mind.

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by: MsFish213

Wed Mar 18 08:28:36 2009

Thanks for the chuckle!

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by: Thomas Kramer

Wed Mar 18 08:49:26 2009

Where in heck are you looney tunes coming from.  None of you will ever be successful bashing success. Reagan was the best president ever.  Do your homework lower tax rates bring in more tax revenue.  The reason. Business who are expecting tax increases like they are expecting from this administration will not invest and will not create jobs. For eg. Luxury Tax back in early 90s, Rich people stopped buying boats (their choice) and this tax put a lot of middle class boat makers out of work. I never got a job from a poor person. I don't believe in class envy.  The very people who criticize cannot tell me they would not like to have the finer things in life. I bet poor people do not say, being poor is some kind of righteous life.

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by: Jeremy

Wed Mar 18 09:04:59 2009

LOL. You guys kill me. Forget Meg. Most of you need to reopen your school books and read up on your history and economics. I won't even address anyone directly. Ignorant can be fixed but dumb can't.

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by: eCommerce Alliance

Wed Mar 18 09:43:23 2009

Sadly, as this topic reinforces, it's becoming clear that AuctionBytes is losing its focus on eCommerce, and much centered around serving those who dislike eBay and their current or former executives.

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by: voodoo

Wed Mar 18 10:17:22 2009

@ ecommercealliance

Made my day ROFLMAO

But that picture of her is sooooo ugly it is scary

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by: Manuel

Wed Mar 18 10:25:38 2009

In Eastern Europe they tore down statues of your socialist heroes and built new statues of Reagan. Sorry Reagan haters you are on the wrong side of history.


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by: John

Wed Mar 18 10:40:54 2009

Is it just me or is Meg Whitman realy heavy into the plastic surgery? Compare above latest photo of her from her days on ebay and the changes are pronounced! No more drooping skin, eyelids are flatter, double chin is no longer there and her facial skin looks like its been bleached. Too bad she hasn't been able to do anything about her all that fat. Notice that unlike the fit Reagan  image, Megs shirt is intentionally not tucked in, she is wearing black (a common camoflage for fat people photos) and most impartant her belt buckle, leg contour and front torso are all conveniently covered. Must have taken the photograpger hours of shooting just to get it right. Why can't she be more honest and stop these Madison Avenue make overs? Maybe it's because she is so despised by those she claims to have saved on ebay that deception is all she really has left.

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by: gossip blog? What a joke.

Wed Mar 18 12:53:53 2009

Auction Bytes is turning into a Perez Hilton type blog. I'm sorry but it is true. Just read the childish comments.

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by: Patricia

Wed Mar 18 13:02:54 2009

The photo shows just how out of touch this lady is with the real world of the lower and middle class over-taxed taxpayers in California.  Emulating Reagan isn't going to do it either!  In fact, I think its sad that the Republican party (once the grand old party) only seems to have Reagan as an icon.  Reaganomics and deregulation is what is wrong with this country today.  I'm no fan of Reagan - if Meg feels she can serve the entire populace of California she'd best drop the Reagan look alike act and start talking taxes and the reduction of taxes in this state - nothing less will do at this point!

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by: Nice Work Ina!

Wed Mar 18 13:04:12 2009

You're shaking all the repugs outta San Jose. Guess they can't take a joke - oh wait, they work for one!!

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