June 8, 2010

Meg Whitman, Natural Wonder

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman arrives on stage for a walk-through for her election night party in Los Angeles

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Tuesday’s election, particularly here in screwed-up California, was hard to take seriously almost any way you looked at it (with the exception of the fact the Tea Party got whacked). I mean, Meg Whitman dropping $81 million dollars on only a 24% projected voter turnout?  (True to form, poll workers vastly outnumbered voters at my local polls.)

Anyway, check out this weird pre-victory party walk-through photo using the background to frame Whitman as almost cartoonish. (Remember this Loony Toon-ish take recently? No surprise the underwhelming powers-that-be these days are earning such farcical treatment from the visual media.)

Most striking, however, is Whitman’s exploitation of nature and environmentalism. For example, how do you like the nature silhouette on the Meg banner affixed to the podium? It’s got tall trees at extreme ends with, well, a live Meg as the “tall tree” in the middle.  Most of all, though, what’s with those wetland-like green patches floating in a big sea of brown (reminiscent of 1, 2)?  With America in the midst of perhaps its worst environmental crisis, are these people serious?

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Michael Shaw
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