The Meg-Carly Complex
For the first time since the EqualRights Amendment era (theERA era), the Republican Party is filled with women. No, these women aren’t Phyllis Schlafly; inCalifornia, their Meg Whitmanand Carly Fiorina theRepublican nominees for thetwo highest statewide offices.Since June 8 when the twodominated over theirRepublican counterparts, they have continued to avoid eachother and have already had onemedia gaffe related to their not-so-team like campaign styles.But the real issue regarding thetwo women is: why didCalifornians think that they would campaign together? Thegeneral consensus is that they were both women, a first for theCalifornia Republican Party (CRP). Yet, we didn’t see ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Senatenominee Bill Jones campaignmuch together in 2004.So, why is it so intriguing thatthe two have avoided this strata?Because it’s being shoved downtheir throats. Let’s start off withthe first problem: Palin. The riseof Sarah Palin’s popularity among Republican voters hasincreased her “anointed”candidates probability of beingnominated (not elected). Withthat, many of her anointments(not appointments) have been women, and now the League of Women voters is filled withmembers of the right wing(more so than before).The second problem: the RNC.Just yesterday, the Chairman of the RNC Michael Steele wasfeatured in a blog post atFlashReport, in which he wentto great lengths to discuss how Meg and Carly are the twoRepublicans cut out for gettingthe job done and alleviatingCalifornia’s woes. While thatmay be true, it’s not helping thetwo who can’t get along.The final problem: themselves.Two rich, former tech CEOs whohaven’t had enough with power.Naturally, when it comes to theoffice of Governor and Senator,the second most common fieldthat officeholders previously occupied were in business(second to law). Governor alsohas the ranks of two actors as well, but that’s just sidebar. Thisproblem is that they honestly can’t get around the fact that while they are competing indifferent corporations jurisdictions, they cannot getover the fact that they are nearly the same type of person: aformer CEO of a multi-milliondollar corporation who formerly advised John McCain on thecampaign trail. While these three problemsplague the two Republicanheavyweights, the Meg-Carly Complex needs to be solved because, like it or not, it’s apossible winning strategy. If they can deflect claims of buyingout the election by Jerry Brownand Barbara Boxer, they should be able to take some votes away from Democrats who haven’tseen benefits. For both, they have years of tape and dirty history to uncover.
MEG & CARLY
Will they ever get along?
They’ve gone through quite a fewad buys and tit for tat on Liberal-ness. In the end, the two dominantRepublicans might have to bow tomedia pressure and work togetherin order to thwart a classicDemocratic opposition.