The 7/12/2010 edition of the N.Y. Times featured a front-page story about Meg Whitman’s putting $1 million into a production company owned by Mike Murphy in order to get Murphy to handle her campaign for governor rather than that of a Republican primary rival. In the story Murphy is described as the GOP campaign genius who got Arnold Schwarzenegger elected governor. (A confession: I’d mistakenly thought Schwarzenegger had something to do with it.) Left unnoted in the Times’ story (and obviously by Whitman’s crack human-resource team) were such Murphy triumphs as Oliver North’s brilliant Virginia campaign for the U.S. Senate, Lamar Alexander’s awe-inspiring campaign for president, and Nick Lazio’s dazzling New York campaign for the U.S. Senate, in which Lazio succeeded in making Hillary Clinton a sympathetic figure by following Murphy’s instructions to stalk across the debate stage and demand that Hillary sign a phony anti-tax pledge. (Lazio, incidentally, also lost.) All of which leads me to ask, since Meg never tires of telling California voters what a shrewd businesswoman she is: If the lady’s so rich, why ain’t she smart?