No Class

For years I’ve gotten used to the deep character flaws that plague the right: mainly duplicity, dishonesty, self-dealing, and lack of empathy, but seldom does one story encapsulate the whole enchilada (no pun intended…) in all its glory like this one.  It seems that the ol’ cocktailhag who has so far spent $120 million or her own money (that is not a typo…) to buy the California governorship, ex-Ebay CEO Meg Whitman, summarily tossed out her maid/nanny of NINE YEARS when she “found out” that this sundry and previously insignificant Mexican servant wasn’t, gasp, a citizen.  Keep in mind that this woman lives in California, and yet never suspected a thing, supposedly.

Now, it’s getting pretty clear that Republicans today are a tad upset about how we got rid of slavery, but in the old days they used to be more circumspect about it.  No more.  Whitman mouths words about how “Nicky” was “a part of our family,” you know, that dusky-hued part that cleans the toilets and changes the diapers, but plainly dismisses Ms. Diaz’s understandable consternation, and legal action, about finding herself suddenly on the street when Miz Whitman decided to parley her obscene fortune into a (failed) political career as a product of being “gotten to” by nefarious liberals.  Really?  Even Scarlett never treated Mammy that way, although she quite often got uppity, especially after that pesky Emancipation.

As a lifelong Oregonian, I was a bit astonished at the way illegal immigration turned formerly self- sufficient and even politically liberal Californians’ homes into de facto plantations in the span of my adult lifetime….  Why wouldn’t you have a sparkling house and  perfect garden for $100 a week, cash on the barrelhead, if it was available?   Few passed it up, and Whitman is hardly unique, except in her callous and borderline sociopathic treatment of her servant when things got sketchy.  For every person who, slightly but perhaps not insufficiently guiltily, dismissed a colossal dinner mess with a boozy wave and, “tomorrow is Consuela’s day,” there was someone who also gave or found Consuela furniture, baby supplies, work for her husband and whatnot when needed, and when they moved or their kid started school, tirelessly helped Consuela to find new employment.  There was guilt involved, sure, but also genuine human empathy, in such efforts.  They knew they were benefitting from the marginalization of others, and felt obligated to make amends.

But that Whitman, she’s a different breed, and if Stephanopoulous’ execrably biased interview is any guide, she’s not alone.  The elites have decided that the people who ease their lives and discreetly wipe up their butt gravy for, say, NINE YEARS are just irrelevant flotsam to be tossed aside when they run counter to the wishes of your racist political party.  A penny saved, in this case, turns out to be $120 million you can flush down the sparkling toilet when you want to be The Queen.

Unsurprisingly, and in what may be a much-needed gift to the Democrats, Whitman’s Daisy Buchanan act is now the default position for the post-Bush breed of Republican.  In Connecticut, we have WWF owner Linda McMahon, candidate for the US Senate who made $46 million last year, hinting that the minimum wage, recently raised, after ten inflationary years, from $6.55 to $7.25, was a commie giveaway that ought to be “reviewed.”   She naturally had no idea what that paltry excuse for a wage even was, nor did she care; all she saw was money going to poor people, and that’s always bad.  Some wingnut in Minnesota said essentially the same thing about Cadillac-driving waitresses, as did Oregon’s own tall but stupid gubernatorial candidate and former NBA free-throw misser, Chris Dudley.  Dudley said, in one of his rare-as-hen’s-teeth encounters with the media, that the too-high minimum wage (a princely eight bucks and change…) was something ordinary people “don’t understand.”  As the AFL-CIO said in an ad countering Dudley’s absurd assertion, “we understand,” and we do.

In today’s Republican party, it is no longer enough to be among the rich and relentlessly exalt them….  One must also, loudly and publicly, berate, abuse, and trample on the poor, whom Republicans continue to create in such numbers that you have to question this approach as an electoral strategy.  Any of these rapacious charlatans may still be able to win the offices they and their rich friends are attempting to buy for themselves, but who, in heaven’s name, will clean their toilets afterward?

Meg, bless her heart, has probably dug her political grave with her monstrous behavior toward her servants, and the fact that she’s pissed away over a hundred million dollars so far is about the most we could hope for in terms if correcting our shameful income inequality, so in that respect I applaud her, and hope she has many imitators.  But long term, is this really the image they want to project?

22 Comments

  1. Montana says:

    Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $119 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you personally went out, interviewed and hire yourself a 15 hour a week maid/ housekeeper instead of hiring a service like Maid Brigade, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, talk about being a cheap bastard (or better yet clean your own house and raise your own kids). But it does not stop there, after she worked for you for nine years you would not help her in getting legalized? Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.

    But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

    Meg on holding employers accountable:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4fWLHiw8zA

    Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else. In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. You can’t buy everything! What a waste of money!

    Ebay paid out $200,000 because Nutmeg assaulted an employee, so it’s not the first time she has mistreated an employee. Good luck winning Nutmeg, money won’t buy you admiration from the majority just from the Gay Old Party (GOP).

  2. Gindy52 says:

    She supposedly didn’t know the woman was an illegal alien? Was she paying any employment taxes to this lady or was it cash so it would stay off the state’s books? Did she not get a SSN or some other form of legal ID before she let the woman enter her home? She let someone she knew nothing about take care of her kids????

    • cocktailhag says:

      She claimed that she hired her through an agency, but evidently didn’t pay her through it. (No middleman markups for Meg….) Admittedly, this is not uncommon, but it does blow a hole in her anti-illegal rhetoric. She’s a Republican, after all, so one can assume that if her mouth’s open she’s lying.

  3. The Heel says:

    coming to think of it – did you ever check Consuela’s papers?

  4. mikeinportc says:

    The story I saw said they paid her $23.50/hr. Didn’t care enough to check into the accuracy of that. If so, they were either quite generous, or really, really (really!) awful to work for , so had to pay a lot more (- guessing, not having any personal experience in hiring servants. ;) . It also said that the Mr. claims to have gotten a letter from SSA, requesting that some questions about apparent discrepencies be answered. Supposedly he told Ms Diaz to ” check into it”. Of course he didn’t have any clue that everything wasn’t kosher . ;)

    Grindy, yeah, she most likely had a SS# , a fake one. During Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security , it came out that most illegals have SS #s, and do pay in, just like (almost)everybody else . As of 7yrs ago, they were paying in $7B+/yr that, except in very rare instances, they’ll never see . In other words, not only are they , contrary to the immigration hysteriacs claims, paying taxes like the rest of us(non-superrich)’Murricans, they’re essentially subsidizing our retirements. ( Wonder if any of the freemarketeers will turn down the handout?)

  5. mikeinportc says:

    ps ^

    Don’t usually go in for old geezer reunion tours , but there is one that might be an ideal fit for the 2012 GOP Convention .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8OIl9t9hjk&feature=related

    (or now?)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW8UlY8eXCk&feature=related

    :) ))))))))

  6. retzilian says:

    Meg sorta reminds me of that meanie, Leona Helmsley, and to some extent Martha Stewart; although I think Martha got a little nicer and has more talent.

    Funny thing about today’s news that Rick Sanchez was fired (and he truly is stupid)– you can get fired for saying there is bigotry among the Jewish owners of the media (which I am sure is true), but you can’t get fired for being a total asswipe like Wolf Blitzer.

    Oh, wait.

    Anyhoo, I am so sick of all of them, I am only glancing at it through the fingers of my hands over my eyes.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I was so excited when that dummy got the boot…. For a moment I thought maybe Chris Matthews might be next. John King? Nah, ain’t gonna happen. Oh, well. One down, dozens to go.

  7. retzilian says:

    Oh, and anudder thing…why is it any surprise to anyone (nobody in here, of course) that the Dems would squander their majority when we saw what they did when they took over Congress in 2006?

    Everybody out of the pool.

    I’d actually enjoy the spectacle of a Republican house right now, especially with a whole bunch of teabaggers who can’t find their way home at night without a map. They won’t get anything done, either.

  8. retzilian says:

    You’re right. We have to vote Democratic and keep the majority if for no other reason than to piss them off.

    Spite is a fine motivator.

  9. nancy says:

    I do wish Gloria Allred would tone it down a bit and that the tears would flow a little less freely. I sorta think this could backfire if they overdo it. After all, wasn’t Gloria’s last moment of glory before the cameras with Octomommy?

    • cocktailhag says:

      Admittedly, she’s a cheesy media whore, and the theatrics are a bit silly, but I don’t see this backfiring in a state with such high numbers of hispanics. Time will tell, of course, but I think Whitman will lose.

      • nancy says:

        I hope you’re right but here’s what concerns me:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/us/politics/06immig.html?hp

        I’m just not sure that Jerry Brown is going to inspire an “I’ve got to get to the polls” surge.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Me, either, and we have a similar race here that’s just as close. A novice, media-darling richie running an all-TV, expensive campaign, and refusing to debate or even engage the local media, against a retread of a long-ago, okay governor. It’s sort of a yawn, but only on the surface.
          With good turnout, both Dems should win, and Brown did just get the big-paper endorsements; all of them, so even the most obtuse observers see Meg and her ilk for what they are, it seems.

  10. retzilian says:

    I met the infamous Gloria Allred a couple of times when I was at the Peterson trial in Redwood, CA. She was catapulted into media madness when she chose to represent Amber Frey. Ms. Allred is about 3 feet tall (ok, she’s about 4′ 10″) and wears bold colors and well-made teeny-tiny clothes that are probably custom made or tailored from the better petite RTW shops. She is not particularly friendly in person and did not strike me as an imposing person. However, she has some serious connections.

    I, for one, would not want to be on her bad side.