TLP: Careful, Remember How That Whole 'MBA President' Thing Ended Up
What does it say about establishment Republicans if some of the party's best candidates are riding on their success in business instead of politics? And what does it say about Democrats if their experienced insider hopefuls are trailing the outsider newcomers?
Chris Cillizza games the GOP races in The Washington Post:
Early returns in governors' and Senate races across the country show men and women who have spent their entire lives in the private sector making significant gains in their first runs for office.
Take Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive who has catapulted into a general-election lead over California Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) fueled by a sustained run of ads touting her business background. "The professional politicians have been fighting in Sacramento for years," Whitman says in one campaign ad. "I think a business perspective is a bit of what California needs right now."
Whitman is the best known but far from the only businessperson making waves in electoral politics this year.
Wealthy businessman Bill Binnie, regarded as the main threat to former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte in the New Hampshire Republican primary for the seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg (R), makes clear he plans to highlight his business background during the campaign.
In Michigan, Rick Snyder, a former Gateway computer company chief executive, has emerged as a serious contender for the Republican gubernatorial nod, thanks to a series of ads that tout his business experience and portray him as "one tough nerd."
Other GOP candidates with business backgrounds who are doing well, Cillizza reports, include former, um, "wrestling executive" Linda McMahon in Connecticut, ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina in California and health care executive Charlie Baker in Massachusetts. Campaign similarities include a "new blood" theme and the willingness to raid personal fortunes.
Not that a successful career outside of politics always bodes well for the wealthy candidate who gets elected. Ask JDA sometime about her governor.