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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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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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” !!!!!

  5. 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!

  6. “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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.”

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. [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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!)

  16. 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?

  17. [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

  18. [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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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”?

  27. [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.

  28. 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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