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Looks like former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman is finally announcing a run for California Governor.

Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman officially submitted her bid to explore a run for governor on Monday.

The move by the billionaire businesswoman sets up what’s expected to be an expensive, 17-month auction between herself and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the 2010 Republican primary.

“California faces challenges unlike any other time in its history — a weak and faltering economy, massive job losses, and an exploding state budget deficit. California is better than this, and I refuse to stand by and watch it fail,” Whitman said in a prepared statement, announcing her exploration of a run for governor. “Now is the time for people across the state to join in a cause for change, excellence and a new California.”

Whitman, 52, first stepped onto the political stage in last year’s presidential campaign, initially as a fundraiser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, then as a senior adviser to Republican nominee John McCain.

McCain, at one point, called Whitman one of the “three wisest people” he knew, handing her a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

The race will be an expensive one in the June GOP primary election between Whitman and California Insurance Commissioner and fellow billionaire Steve Poizner.

Whitman has an impressive list of Republican endorsers including former California Governor and U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. Other California co-chairs of her campaign include:

  • Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark
  • Rep. Mary Bono-Mack, R-Palm Springs
  • Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego
  • Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster

What is interesting is that Whitman boasts conservative and moderate pro-choice Republican supporters.

Whitman wil be criticzed having just registered as a Republican in 2007 and having missed some chances to vote in recent elections. But, unlike, Caroline Kennedy, Meg’s Whitman’s REAL success in business should trump these negatives.

Here is Whitman’s introductory video:

Whitman’s website is here.

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Obama and GOP Gallup Poll

Well, it certainly looks that way in this Gallup Poll, nothwithstanding the Rasmussen and CBS News polls that say otherwise. Mark Blumenthal over at Pollster has an explanation of the poll disparities.

Flap agrees with Allahpundit that the American public wants to see the government DO SOMETHING and will give President Obama (who, after all, has only been in office a few weeks) the benefit of the doubt.

However, the GOP has positioned itself well on the fight. Obama, Reid and Pelosi OWN this bill and if the economy does not rapidly improve they will pay the political price.

Of course, Senator Susan Collins, when the bill returns from a House Conference could vote the behemoth down if there is too much pork.

But, don’t count on it.

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President Obama leaving the White House this morning bumps his head on Marine One’s door

Yeah big deal but remember wen Gerald Ford stumbled down the stairs of Air Force One in 1975? 

And, Ford was ridiculed for years by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live. But, Gerald Ford did attempt to get back at the comedian.

President Ford’s best comeback to Chase came at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in 1975.

When emcee Bob Hope introduced him, President Ford got up from the table, “accidentally” caught the tablecloth in his trousers and dumped silverware in Chase’s lap. As he approached the podium, he pretended to trip, prompting the pages of the speech he was carrying to fly into the audience.

When he got to the microphone and the laughter began to diminish, President Ford reached into his coat pocket, pulled out the real script and said, “Good evening. I’m Gerald Ford and you’re not.”

Flap bets you will not see a mention of Obama’s head bump on NBC.


President Barack Obama waves and learns the door on Marine One is much shorter than he is, and bumps his head slightly, Monday, Feb 9, 2009, as he leaves for a trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then onto Elkhart, Ind. to hold a town hall meeting on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

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The latest Rasmussen poll on the Democrat/Obama Economic Stimulus bill says American voters want MORE tax cuts and less government spending – echoing the GOP.

With the Senate poised to vote Tuesday on an $827-billion version of the economic recovery plan, 62% of U.S. voters want the plan to include more tax cuts and less government spending.

Just 14% would like to move in the opposite direction with more government spending and fewer tax cuts, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty percent (20%) would be happy to pass it pretty much as is, and five percent (5%) are not sure.

Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly want to see more tax cuts and less government spending. Democrats are more evenly divided: 42% agree with the Republicans, 32% want to pass the plan as is, and 22% would like to see more government spending and fewer tax cuts.

Most conservative and moderate voters want to see more tax cuts. A plurality of liberals say the plan should be passed pretty much as it is.

This is not surprising since Americans traditionally support more of their own money to spend the way THEY want.

Overall, 37% of voters favor the stimulus plan and 43 % are opposed.

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll – showing that 62% want more tax cuts and less government spending – is similar to a CBS News poll taken last week. That poll found that 62% said that reducing taxes will do more than increased spending to end the recession.

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