By Lloyd Graff
Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO, won the Republican primary for governor in resounding fashion on Tuesday. The same day, Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, watched while his lawyers grilled jurors in his corruption trial.
Blogo’s father ran a numbers game in Chicago. Young Rod grew up in a world of payoffs and married the daughter of a rough local Democratic politician on his way up the political ladder.
Whitman used $71 million of her own dot-com fortune to pave her campaign, while Rod Blagojevich shook down the paving contractors to get his political seed money.
Is Whitman more pure than the driven snow because she was recruited by venture capitalists to run the fledgling eBay after the founder realized he didn’t want to run the business?
Do we prefer the Rockefellers, Heinzes and Whitmans, and maybe celebrities like Arnold and Ronald Reagan, to run our country because the earthy the Rod Blagojeviches are too untrustworthy? Do we only want the elite who go to Harvard and Yale Law on the Supreme Court, which we now will have?
Maybe we want a House of Lords because the raunchy Rods and the slick Willies get too dirtied up climbing to the top.
Question: Do you prefer to be governed by the rich?