Dan Balz of the Washington Post seems to think that California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s sparse voting record — there’s some dispute as to whether she was registered to vote before 2002 — is a major scandal, one that requires “more than an apology.”
Just to clarify, Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel can forget to pay taxes, Bill Clinton can avoid impeachment, Marion Barry can go back to the mayor’s office, David Vitter and Mark Sanford can retain their offices, Michael Vick can play football again . . . but the lady who didn’t vote for most of her life — she’s the one who’s really in hot water. She’s unfit to join the ranks of America’s governors, the proud group that has included Rod Blagojevich, Eliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevey, John Rowland . . .
Why? This country is full of Americans who ignore politics on a day-to-day basis and has plenty of people who don’t vote or rarely vote. Sure, I suppose it’s preferable that a candidate know a bit of modern political history, and have a sense of who preceded her. But large swaths of Americans are politically apathetic, and I don’t think that a long time in that realm – while taking a company to new heights in the private sector — ought to be some sort of political scarlet letter.
One of her likely rivals was banging his staffer and allegedly drinking heavily, but that doesn’t seem to be nearly as big a deal to Balz.
UPDATE: My readers aren’t that worried about her failure to vote, but they are worried about her rescinded praise for Van Jones.