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ATTACK AD: Meg Whitman Ran eBay, And eBay Had Porn

This one’s kind of a STRETCH — meaning, “effective.” California Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is attacking his primary opponent Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, for having all sorts of porn available on the eBay while she was running it. Poizner’s ad even shows an insecure teenager about to jerk off to Meg Whitman’s eBay.com, the #1 pornography site on the Internet. “Meg Whitman started a separate division that only sells porn.” WHAT A MONSTER! Go back to mixing it in with children’s books and gardening supplies! [Ben Smith]

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61 comments

  1. Baldar T Flagass

    Some of my fondest early-internet memories circa 1998 consist of my frantically waxing the bishop whilst clicking on forbidden eBay links.

  2. mumblyjoe

    Wow, it truly is a slow news day today on our Wonketes.

    And apparently a slow politics forever in California, judging by the “hard-hitting topical political advertisements” they’re running.

  3. JMP

    I’ve heard that terrorists were allowed to use Ebay, too; Meg Whitman supports the terrorists!

  4. Nappied Hypotenuse

    Oh, don’t I wish I’d copyrighted that clickety-clickety-surfin’-for-porn sound effect back when I had the chance.

  5. V572625694

    She’s a monster for taking kickbacks from Gold Mansacks, whom it’s apparently now okay for Republicans to hate, when they aren’t sending in their résumés.

    Dear Mr Blankfein,

    Now that I’ve left office, I know that I can make a positive contribution to your enterprise, just like it made a contribution to me…

  6. ph7

    Just checked on Ebay:
    “242 results found for Communist Manifesto”
    “98 results found for Mein Kampf”
    “310 results found for Amnesty”
    “4,416 results found for Jane Fonda” !!!!!

  7. SayItWithWookies

    I was looking for a way to get down and dirty with hoes and rakes — and ebay was loaded with that sort of ugliness.

  8. iwillsavethispatient

    Ah, those Republicans, always choosing to support tough government regulation of business. Why won’t you let the hand of the free market control these things, you Commies!

  9. Knob Gobbler

    So, um, what’s the link to that, um, separate division? Anyone care to share?

  10. a_pink_poodle

    “Meg Whitman also runs a website on the INTERNET; known for hosting CHILD PORNOGRAPHY and NEO-NAZI MATERIALS! Do we want a politician that runs a website on the same internet as CHILD PORN and NEO NAZI websites?!”

    Paid for by the Anti-Meg Whitman Taskforce.com

  11. NJB

    I gotta say, though – I always love it when Republicans use Republican tactics on other Republicans – especially when other Republicans are surprised. Moments like those are a reason to keep going.

  12. Mr Blifil

    This NSFW sensitivity shit is getting out of hand. Today I have been roundly cheated out of a Meg Whitman money shot. And no, that’s not “OK.”

  13. germansteel

    If you can make Elena Kagan out to be a socialist because she, as a history major in college, wrote a college thesis on the history of a fringe socialist group, you can make Meg Whitman out to be a pornographer via eBay. You got to hand it to the Republicans, they are nothing if not “free association” experts.

  14. Jukesgrrl

    Some of us considered it a good thing when the porn went into its own section. Back in the early days of eBay, you’d be looking at a Peter Gabriel CD or a piece of jewelry from the Mamie Eisenhower collection and BINGO … the photo would turn to twat. Why can’t hackers do something constructive like overthrow the government?

  15. iwillsavethispatient

    [re=578628]iwillsavethispatient[/re]: Oh wait, the ad wasn’t saying that eBay shouldn’t be allowed to sell teens porn, it’s saying that Meg Whitman shouldn’t get elected because she sells porn to teens. Never mind. The invisible hand of the market survives for another day!

  16. Joshua Norton

    Geez. You’d be hard put to find anything on eBay that some repressed wingnut didn’t have a fetish about and want to screw.

  17. Allyson

    Well, at least she’ll have a plausible answer when asked how she plans to come up with the money to fix the California budget deficit. Let’s give a big hand for fiscal responsibility!

  18. BOOBIES!

    Meg likes to pal around with pornographers.

    Speaking of pornography… I thought the porn industry was the largest employer in the new California economy. Selling porn on ebay is job creation. Steve better shut his mouth.

  19. BlueStateLiberal

    But you can also buy Beanie Babies and Thomas Kinkade prints on eBay, what could be more wholesome? BTW, thanks eBay for helping me corner the market on these precious items–I know their value will soon quadruple (eat your hearts out you all!)

  20. JMP

    The center of porn production in America, if not the world, is the San Fernando Valley in Southern California; so by facilitating the sale of porn, Meg Whitman was helping California’s porn economy. Why does Mr. Poizner want to hurt California’s economy?

  21. Come here a minute

    This has got to be the first ad that implies Meg Whitman caused a teenager to jerk off.

  22. Hooray For Anything

    [re=578648]Buttery1000[/re]: Yeah, this was the first Whitman ad that made me actually like her. And if the state is falling apart, it does speak highly of California that this porn is an issue and not one’s belief in Evolution

  23. snideinplainsight

    uhhh,
    ConservEBayia?
    eConservBayea?
    eBay-conservateria?

    Somebody help me out here -

  24. Crankenstank

    Meg Whitman hated guns so much she took them off eBay? Oh why does she hate our second amendment rights?

  25. snideinplainsight

    Yes, but what about the NEW Pornographers? You can buy them on iTunes, I hear.

  26. mumblyjoe

    [re=578649]JMP[/re]: To be fair, if there’s a reason to lapse with the Politico ban, Ben Smith, being slightly less than completely awful, is probably it. I sort of picture his stuff as the “Food for Oil” of the Politico embargo.

  27. Scarab

    “Meg Whitman pornography”? You had me excited there for a minute (yeah, I’m like that).

  28. GOPCrusher

    Goldman Sachs deals? Pornography? Money? If these are things that they are against, then obviously, this is no longer your father’s Republican Party.

  29. mustardman

    All he had to say is that she ran eBay. She did a fine job of trying to run it into the ground too. They still haven’t recovered and still haven’t made a dime from skype which they paid billions for.

  30. One Yield Regular

    This is why perennial candidate Steve Poizner will never be governor. Trying to sell this kind of faux outrage in California, of all places, is like trying to shock Wasilla residents by pointing out the existence of meth labs and pentecostal churches.

  31. ph7

    [re=578742]Bypartizoa[/re]: You may want to buy one of those guns, with one bullet, if you succeed.

  32. An Outhouse

    A wealthy porn provider. God gave to the wrong parents. Why can’t Meg be my Mom.

  33. lawrenceofthedesert

    Meg Whitman IS porngraphy, just as Steve Poizner is a crime against nature.

  34. kirktastic

    I thought Poizner only cared about the dirty immigrants bleeding the state dry. He cares about porn too? She’s liberal! He’s Liberaler! She’s Liberalerer. Both are distancing themselves from Arnold and say they’re the reincarnation of Governor Reagan and they conveniently forgot Ronnie raised taxes to deal with his deficit problem.

    Porn is a major California export right behind box wine and avocados. I’m voting for Jerry because he’s pro-porn, pro-vino, and pro-guacamole.

  35. mumblyjoe

    Also, apparently sales of human organs are banned on EBay, which leads me to the only possible conclusion: Meg Whitman supports rationing of medical care.

  36. ArugulaTeleprompterz

    [re=578806]kirktastic[/re]: “pro-porn, pro-vino, pro-guacamole” sounds like a very intriguing saturday night…

  37. CthuNHu

    This is a frickin’ brilliant ad.

    This ad has nothing whatsoever to do with porn on eBay.

    This ad is ALL about the big red circle-and-slash over the guns.

    WHITMAN TEK YER GUNZ!!! SHE HATE TEH SEKINT AMENMIT!!!

    And it’ll work.

  38. RoscoePColtraine

    These Monet paintings for five dollars, which were banned by Megs….well, how could anyone think they should be worth more than that? So out of focus! And has anyone ever seen a Monet painting featuring a crying bald eagle? Or even something thought provoking, with a clear message?

  39. Cmoney

    Seeing that teenage boy image with one hand obscured by his laptop is what did it for me. Whitman, Obama, Hitler—same thing.

  40. Aurelio

    I can’t believe his name is “Poizner.” I checked it out on Wikipedia, and I still can’t believe it. Why didn’t he change his name to something politically appealing, like “Pimpner” or “Axemurdener”?

  41. Mr Blifil

    [re=578883]CthuNHu[/re]: That is a slight misreading. The ad attempts to pair guns and masturbation, in the most oblique and innocent manner possible, resulting in the inevitable calculation that Meg Whitman wants to take away your penis.

  42. Emmanuel Kepas

    There are many justifiable concerns with Meg Whitman as Governor of California:
    1) Meg Whitman promoted and supported an unstable management structure at eBay.
    2) Meg Whitman supported and retained managers / supervisors who sexually harassed others, while permitting the firing of their victims and those who stood up for them.
    3) Meg Whitman created and supported eBay’s Porn site.
    See “Meg Whitman Revealed” at ekepas.com
    Sincerely, Emmanuel Kepas

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