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Tue Sept 28 2010 23:33:45

Twitter Snarks During Meg Whitman v Jerry Brown Gubernatorial Deb

By: Ina Steiner

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The tweets were coming fast and furiously during tonight's debate between California gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman (former eBay CEO) and Jerry Brown (California Attorney General and former Governor of the state). Wonkette provided some of the best snark, such as this tweet referring to the non-stop ads the Whitman campaign has been running: "This is surely the longest amount of time any California station has been on the air without a Meg Whitman ad."

Wonkette also cheekily tweeted, "Whitman says it's not true that all her commercials are lies because *one* of her gazillion ads had some facts in it," referring to Meg's response to a question by Sacramento Bee's Amy Chance specifically about her misleading ("or even worse") campaign advertisements as determined by fact-checking organizations. 

"How can voters trust you to communicate with them honestly about the state's problems when you're willing to distort the truth to win a campaign?" the reporter asked. "Well, I don't agree with the premise of your question," Meg responded before she went on to defend one such ad.

The panel of three reporters asked the candidates about the California budget crisis, death penalty, job creation, the pension, labor negotiations, campaign finance and the issue of water scarcity. One question specifically for Meg asked about her failure to vote for most of her life, for which she issued another apology.

Jerry and Meg also debated over who would be more beholden, he to the labor unions or her to big business. Meg scored some retweet points with her analogy that Jerry Brown negotiating with unions would be like putting Count Dracula in charge of the blood bank ("Meg just won the Twilight vote," someone tweeted), while Jerry made pointed references to Meg's close ties with Wall Street.

Meg and Jerry performed equally well (or "mediocre," depending on how generous you are). Meg used some of her standard script from her days at eBay. For instance, she spoke about using "levers" in dealing with unions such as negotiation and ballot initiatives. During her tenure at eBay, Meg was fond of telling Wall Street analysts about the company's use of fees, which she called levers, to push eBay sellers into certain selling behaviors.

Even more familiar to eBay users was her use of the phrase "the power of many" during the debate, a phrase she often used while speaking of the eBay community.

Search Twitter for hashtags #cagovdebate or #cagov for the debate tweets. You can watch the debate yourself on the University of California Davis website. The next debate will be Saturday afternoon in Fresno, where her welcome is not guaranteed.





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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly

Wed Sep 29 03:52:31 2010

What the heck happened to That Quaker Oats Lady? Looks like she's been through the wringer.

It says a lot that these two are running, out of all the people in the most populated State in the Union. Both candidates seem to be a few stars short of a TRS badge.

As a gadfly, I endorse Meg Whitman.    

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by: SleepyTime

Wed Sep 29 05:23:12 2010

As infuriating as the political ads are here in Ohio, I keep telling myself - it could be worse.  I could live in California.  

Gadfly is correct - Whitman looks like she's been through the wringer.

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by: Gem is meg backwards

Wed Sep 29 06:18:19 2010

If I lived in Calif. i would file a claim neg meg "not as advertized" and give her a big negative.

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by: ole cheap me

Wed Sep 29 06:25:51 2010

Age and bleach has taken its toll.

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by: Denise

Wed Sep 29 08:29:46 2010

If I were Meg..I wouldn't be using Ebay phrases to win over the masses. Her opponent should be using ebay against her, her choice in replacement shows a serious lack of judgement and / or concern for "the masses" . The "power of many" is long gone on ebay- it's the power of Wall Street / China now.

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by: I heart Kool-Aid
Web Site

Wed Sep 29 10:54:50 2010

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-whitman-housekeeper-allegations,
0,5990797.story

LOS
ANGELES (KTLA) -- A former housekeeper for California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman reportedly plans to make ''controversial and explosive allegations about her former employer'' during a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday.

The housekeeper has teamed up with attorney Gloria Allred and will be filing a legal claim against Whitman, TMZ is reporting.

She plans to hold a press conference at Allred's office at 11 a.m. (PDT).

TMZ says the housekeeper plans ''to tell how she suffered as a long-time, Latina household employee in Meg Whitman's home.''

''Whitman's experiences from her corporate career have come back to haunt her during her campaign.

In June, reports surfaced that Whitman swore at and shoved an eBay subordinate in a 2007 incident that cost the company a six figure settlement.

She was also accused of age discrimination while at FTD, a lawsuit that also resulted in a confidential settlement.

While at eBay, she received special access to lucrative stock offerings made by the investment house Goldman Sachs. After a lawsuit by eBay stockholders alleged that she had received the stock in exchange for steering eBay banking business to Goldman Sachs, Whitman returned nearly $1.8 million in profits.''

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by: H. Villard

Wed Sep 29 10:55:08 2010

I watched the debate. Ms. Whitman was very polished and prepared, unlike her opponent. I think that when she gets into office, she will make a GREAT governor, like Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson before her. I only hope that we can keep her in office for a long time, before the Presidency comes her way.

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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 29 11:48:21 2010

Yes, here in California you have to suffer thru that incessant ad where Bill Clinton tells how Brown left the state in debt and millions lost their jobs ad nauseum.  That came from a CNN article that was totally wrong. CNN rescinded it and apologized, Clinton apologized to Brown and is now endorsing him for governor....YET lying Whitman is still running that ad.  That's about as low and sleazy as one can get.  She is THAT rabid to get her hands on the governor's seat!

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by: megs mom

Wed Sep 29 12:46:41 2010

I live in CA and Meg is a joke. People who arent even aware of her horrible dealings at Ebay are laughing/sneering at her. The people of this state are well aware of Jerry Brown and his policies. We know what the facts are and everyone I know anyways, knows that her commercials are all full of inaccuracies.She represents the very worst of corporate greed and here in CA that does not go over well for the most part. Even Arnie our REpub Gov gave a speech the other night about how bad corporate greed is. When the rich repub starts talking smack about the Koch brothers and gets applause from the audience of repub sympathizers, you know that someone like Meg with her " I got mine so to hell with you" attitude won't go far. Not only is she an embarrassment,but damn! She is one rough lookin chick. That woman got lost in the ugly forest (both physically and personality wise) and has yet to find her way out. She only cares about her and her friends' money and she believes that her money can get her anything. Her $110 million spent on bad commercials magically makes her reputable. Disgusting.

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by: summer in the city

Wed Sep 29 13:07:34 2010



Who knew that Karl Rove could grow hair?


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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 29 13:08:56 2010

Well said megs mom.  Meg is trying to run her campaign the way she ran Ebay and its not working.  Californians are not a captive audience that has to abide by every silly policy she threw out at us. People are becoming aware that this is a run for her and her rich friends and not for the california taxpayer...why else would someone spend close to 120 million of her own money?

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by: megs mom

Wed Sep 29 13:33:43 2010

no one spends 120 million to become gov because they're a good person who wants to do good. You spend 120 mill because you want power and you'll pay anything to get it. Meg's a business woman and would have never spend that money if she didnt think that thru her policies as gov, she would be able to recoup that money and make a profit off the people of Cali. Keep it classy Meg

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by: me

Wed Sep 29 15:21:26 2010

This situation with Meg and her maid is getting more stinky  by the second.

I noticed she completely ignored the question about whether there were any positive aspects to immigration.  btw. Anyone else notice she completely ignored so many questions?

Stick a fork in that piggie! Ha!

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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 29 17:28:31 2010

OT - Ina why are you referring to Gloria Allred as Gloria Alldred?  If I needed to sue someone I'd want that particular pit bull in my corner ;-)

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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Wed Sep 29 17:41:08 2010

Thanks for catching that, Patricia. That slipped by both of us. All fixed now.

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by: 943695

Wed Sep 29 18:17:54 2010

@megs mom
Exactly!
She keeps referring to her "investment".

Which indicates she is seeking a return.  A profit. Simple as that... isn't it?

This issue with the housekeeper isn't going to help her much.

I wonder what is coming next?

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

Wed Sep 29 19:45:59 2010

As Ming the Merciless, I support Jerry Brown.

No one should be surprised that Neg Meg's entire campaign is built on a shaky foundation of lies.

She laid the foundation for ebay's current decline and ultimate failure by

-- chronically lying to ebay's customers (sellers)

-- blowhard promises to ebay's customers (sellers) she wouldn't/couldn't keep

-- creating anc executive compensation structure that consistently rewarded incompetence and sub mediocrity with millions/billions in cashed in ebay stock options

-- stealing intellectual property from other companies

-- staggeringly spectacular incompetency (ebay's brief, failed incursions into the Japanese and Chinese auction markets)

-- insider trading

-- building and promoting the world's largest venue for pornography

-- building and promoting the world's largest venue for phony, knockoffs of brand name products

-- making bonehead acquisitions that cost stockholders millions of dollars

-- creating a bubble in which Mother Meg was the next thing to a haloed godhead to be worshipped at Ebay Live when, in fact, this greedy executive predator with clay feet demonstrated significant anger management problems

Whitman is the LAST thing California needs to get healthy again.

WHITMAN: She'll do to California what she did to ebay.

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by: ebay nonsense

Thu Sep 30 00:48:02 2010

There are bigger plans being made. Her history with Romney goes way back. I believe he was the one that hired Meg at Bain.

The other day I saw something about a new reality TV show.  It's about Polygamy! No kidding! Some guy with like a dozen wives.

Now the reason I mention that is because Romney still has aspirations to become President, BUT he's a Mormon. I wonder now if they're trying to make the whole Mormon thing (which the christian right doesn't believe in at all) palatable to the voters with this new TV show?  If Meg gets into Calif as Gov. they probably plan for her to move up to Congress next.

GOP is getting stranger by the week.

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by: ebay nonsene

Thu Sep 30 00:54:54 2010

One more little point I forgot. Utah has twice now given ebay lucrative tax incentives to build large facilities in their state.
REALLY lucrative.

It's interesting to watch how wealth sticks together with no concern for anyone or anything but corporate profits.

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by: nancy

Thu Sep 30 08:21:57 2010

If you LIVE in CA, read I heart Koolaid, and meg's mom.

Then use this story, tweet it, like it on Facebook, and forward to your CA friends.

Make it your business (as it already is, as an eBayer, and a CA resident, and hopefully registered voter) to get this story in front of as many potential voters as humanly possible.

This is just another fat-cat millionaire who wants power, as megs mom said.

If she is ever to the Presidency, CANADA, here I come!

Tell your friends to forward those mails to two or three others.

It is up the voters, not who has the most money, or the most recognizable name.

Obama proved that much, if nothing else.

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