Barbara Boxer

California's electoral technophobia

November 3, 2010: 11:22 AM ET

Tech CEOs Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina seemed to have all the pieces in place to take advantage of the nationwide GOP surge. But with tin ears aimed at voters, they couldn't even win their companies' headquarters counties.

By Chadwick Matlin, contributor

Carly! Meg! What happened? You were both so promising. A dream team of former Silicon Valley CEOs—female CEOs at that; Republican challengers in an election favoring Republican challengers; women who knew how to prevent bankruptcy in a state that's on the verge of one. And now? Now pundits—including this one—are speaking about you in the past tense, as if your political defeat yesterday means you've also died. Maybe, for political purposes, you have.

You were the candidates with the highest business profile—unless you include Connecticut's wrestling entrepreneur, Linda McMahon—and the Los Angeles Times still declared your races over the instant the polls closed. Did you really have to spend $200 million to prove that Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer can still break a sweat? More

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