One was Uber's self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona.
The other was the Trump Administration's campaign promise to rid the land of Obamacare.
So, the brand of both Uber, and by extension its founder Travis Kalanick, and that of Donald Trump have become tarnished.
The trouble for Uber's autonomous car was no mere fender-bender. It was on its side. This adds to the string of setbacks Uber has faced. Those range from being sued by Google for alleged theft of trade secrets about the driverless car to allegations of a toxic organizational culture in which sexual harassment is tolerated.
The Trump Administration has lost its aura of magic. The GOP sensed it couldn't get TrumpCare approved in the U.S. House of Representatives and withdrew it. With that move, Trumpism becomes a target. Now its opponents recognize that they can take it on - and win.
The tale of these two crashes puts the long-term legacy of Uber and Trump in play. They could go down in history as two seeming game-changers which wound up jinxed. Uber could actually go out of business. Trump could be a one-term president. Or, worse, impeached.
Uber announced it is halting the testing of its driverless vehicles, for the time being. Here is the coverage from Bloomberg.
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