The one time I interviewed Meg Whitman she was in her cubicle (yes, cubicle) at EBay surrounded by what she called her advisers, about 150 different versions of Mr. Potato Head. She had just arrived at EBay from Hasbro where she managed the Mr. Potato Head brand, she explained.
Meg was really accessible back then, and foolish me, I thought she was a lot of fun. She took EBay from fledgling star-up status and turned it into a global empire and along the way she made a shit-load of money for herself. She had no interest in politics, never bothered to vote, and if she had a political opinion, she kept it to herself.
Forced into early retirement when many of her initiatives at EBay began to unravel, including the acquisitions of Skype and StumbleUpon, Meg looked around for something to do. It had to be something that suitably reflected her status in the business press as one of the "world's most powerful women." Woe is us, she decided being governor of California would be just the ticket.
Meg could learn the ropes by simply campaigning, avoid revealing her political ignorance by simply not talking to the press, and use her vast resources to their best advantage by hiring the best PR flaks and advertising gurus money could buy. And she wouldn't even have to bother with fund-raising because she has plenty of her own dough.
The video posted here depicts Meg as an Avatar (which she just might be after-all). I think it tells us most of what we need to know about her as a politician: