Not a good night for Republican gazillionairesses

No one has called either race yet, but the exit polls show Barbara Boxer doing as well as Jerry Brown; both have 10-point leads over their self-financed opponents.

Still, credit where it’s due: Whitman and Fiorina at least did something to stimulate the economy. That’s more than you can say for anyone else in their crazy party.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

7 thoughts on “Not a good night for Republican gazillionairesses”

  1. Ouch. Tough, but fair.

    If nothing else, demonstrating that buying your seat is still a risky investment is a good thing.

  2. I wonder how Whitman (or any gazillionaire) would do if she announced that she had $140 million to spend on her campaign, but was donating it to cancer research instead, and would campaign only through speeches and interviews.

  3. Michigan now has a Republican gazillionaire governor, former Gateway CEO Rick Snyder. The story, though, is that he is a moderate (an "Ann Arbor Republican") who won the primary because 3 high-profile and very conservative candidates (the attorney general, a congressman, and others) split the vote.

    However moderate Snyder is, he will be rolling with a new house majority and a new senate super-majority. This will be key when it's time to redistrict.

  4. Fiorina major claim to stimulus-fame was sending jobs overseas, n'est pas? That kind of stimulation I can do without.

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