Meg Whitman Must Not Be Romney’s Vice President Pick

I’ve been saying for some time that in order to make up the gender gap, and show he doesn’t have a tin ear to women’s voices, likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will need to add a woman to his ticket.  There are some good choices to appease social conservatives — Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer — or some to appeal to moderates, like Condeleezza Rice or Kay Baily Hutchison.  There are even some who are pretty much unknown, but who could open doors for Romney as raising new talent like Kelly Ayotte or Kristi Noem.

However, one person who is probably off the shortlist is former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.  Sure, she comes with a lot of fundraising experience, and could really play to the “economics is the key women’s issue” argument that the GOP is currently touting.

But that mass layoff?  Probably not so good.  As Politico notes, “Meg Whitman… announced in the last two weeks that she has to cut 30,000 jobs at the company, with slots in high-growth China probably avoiding the axe….[J]ob cutbacks can be the flip side of a business, especially in a struggling economy. And Whitman’s own difficulties seem likely to be a ripe opportunity for Democrats to argue that even a top Romney surrogate hasn’t been able to prevent losses, at a time when the presidential hopeful is citing his private sector tenure as his main criteria for being able to fix the nation’s economy.”

As the Romney campaign pushes being the campaign that will create jobs, despite his Bain Capital background of buying companies, laying off, and selling for profit, adding another person to the ticket who could be easily identified with killing jobs probably isn’t the best move.

Sorry, Meg.

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Pat B.
Pat B.3 years ago

The Republicanism are glad of the amount of improvement from what Bush left us. Obama is filling the pot again so if the GOP gets in, they'll have a whole new carcass to feed on. Imagine how many billions Mitt and all his cozy buddies could make in 4 years, before they handed the country back to another Democrat to fatten for them.

I just find it very sad that people can forget what state the country was in 4 years ago. How many people have lost their homes because of the actions of a few bankers who were unleashed to do whatever they had to to make a profit.

Even more than that though, I can't fathom why any woman would vote for him. That's like the chickens voting in the fox to protect them.

Mark T.
Mark T.3 years ago

Just because Meg was unsucessful in CA after spending Mega-bucks on her camPain, it doesn't mean the people in the rest of the states are smart/aware enough to follow suit. But we're putting the cart before the horse - what happens if Ron Paul wins the CA GOP primary?

Cheryl H.
Cheryl H.3 years ago

If Romney does pick a woman, it won't help him much. The repugnant women are as delusional as he is and none of them would get him any more votes than whatever he will already get from the Stepford set. We must all be vigilant at the polls in November. The repugs have already shown that they will do anything to steal the vote, and they are becoming more desperate as their ship sinks.
Whitman is a buffoon, although a dangerous one. Nothing made me happier than to see her spend her millions-- and then lose. How does it feel to wipe your ass on $170 mil, Meggie, and just flush it away?
One must wonder why people as wealthy as Mittens and Meggie would even want the headaches of public office. Is it ego? Is it to preserve the income disparity for themselves and their cronies that has only grown worse the last 30 years? At some point the greed becomes pathological. Those of their ilk such as the Waltons and the Koch brothers have more than they can spend in 20 lifetimes, yet they can't stop trying to steal off the backs of working people and the poor.

Marg Wood
Marg W.3 years ago

AB A. You would have no trouble losing your rights as a woman either I suppose! You sound like a troll to me and you don't know what your talking about. No women in their right mind would vote for Romney!

Beth K.
.3 years ago

I think it's a great idea. She'll take Romney down, just like Palin did to McCain.

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M.3 years ago

Female VP? Naw....he needs a Golden Retriever VP. And he can't even get that.

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

Can you say Dumb A$$

Linda C.
Linda C.3 years ago

Actually, I think that this article shows exactly why Meg would make a great running mate for Mitt--her actions make it crystal clear what those folks are all about. No hiding behind smoke and mirrors.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke3 years ago

Just having a Republican president is a bad choice to start with, much less any Republican vice president.

Beth K.
.3 years ago

no photo - name yourself even if you make one up. Until then you might as well be invisible to us. Translation - you don't count.