On Rush Limbaugh’s show today, a woman called in to extol the Republicans for having a more diverse roster of presidential candidates than the Democrats. While there is a woman in the Democratic ranks, the caller acknowledged, all that party’s candidates, including the woman, are old and white.
I won’t linger over the fact that before 2009 every president we’ve had – with the possible, whispered exception of Warren G. Harding – was white, not to mention male, and in most, if not all, cases what our beloved millennials would call old. Despite their pale and wrinkled skins, some of them were pretty good presidents. Although not Thomas Jefferson, of course, because he owned slaves. But wait: I would like someone reading this to tell me with a straight face that Richard Milhous Nixon would not have owned slaves if given half a chance.
Oh dear, I am digressing already.
Anyhow, the caller pointed out that the Republican candidates include Hispanics, an Indian, a black, and even a woman who is “Italian.” Rush evidently didn’t know that Carly Fiorina is only an honorary Italian, having married one. He didn’t correct the caller. Carly’s maiden name was Sneed, which does not have the vowel at the end required to make it an Italian name. Wikipedia says she is of German and English descent.
I fear that by disclosing this, I may cost Carly much of her support in the polls. Being a woman is swell, but everything else being equal, an Italian woman would be so much more preferable. At least that is how the geniuses in Washington political circles think about things.
Hillary Clinton is not an Italian. She is just a trite, boring, old WASP with roots in the Midwest. But because she has fewer declared rivals, and not one of them an Italian – not even Bernie Sanders, despite his expansive hand and arm gestures – she stands out more in her party than Carly does in hers. Lincoln Chafee, it should be mentioned, has perhaps the most impressive pedigree of any politician today, but alas, he is Lincoln Chafee.
Which prompts me to ask: Whatever happened to Carly?
She made a good showing in the two GOP debates, sending her poll numbers up from barely more than zero to, temporarily, the low double digits. There were some pundits who couldn’t stand the thought of Donald Trump, who is a New Yorker, for gawd sakes, and sounds like one, or Ben Carson, who is silly enough to believe in the tenets of his religious faith, seizing the GOP nomination. They thought Carly had what it took to overcome these ludicrous interlopers. So how much have you heard from Carly lately? How much have you heard from even the most fiercely anti-Trump media about Carly? Last I looked, she was down there playing footsie in the polls with Jeb Bush, while Donald and Ben were up there at the top, telling CNBC how they had better run he next GOP debate.
Hillary has said it more than once, so I believe that she believes that being a woman gives her the edge over all the presidential candidates in both parties. If Carly Fiorina were an Italian, she might pose a serious threat, but instead she is your run-of-the-mill WASP, like Hillary, whose resume also includes the inconvenient fact that she failed in business. Wait, full disclosure compels me to mention that she became the chief executive of one of America’s very largest companies, Hewlett-Packard, which may not sound like failure. It was upon accepting this honor that she proceeded to fail.
Carly for President? Fuggedaboddit, as Trump and Chris Christie, who is genuinely part Italian, might say.
I don’t want it to seem that I dislike Carly. Close your eyes while listening to her at the next debate, and you will be astounded by the accuracy of her Ann Coulter imitation.
I do, however, feel less than full affection for Hillary, and it is not only because she isn’t an ethnic, or a person of color, or young.
So far as I can tell, she is a complete screwup. Witness her tour as secretary of state, particularly during the Benghazi tragedy, the debacle when she tried to reform health care during her husband’s administration, and her handling of her emails, which may yet bring her before the bar on criminal charges. She gives every sign of being corrupt and psychologically unhinged. As the leader of the world’s greatest military power, she seems likely to elicit many scholarly comparisons to one of her predecessors in that role: Caligula.
I recently told a highly intelligent female friend, a liberal who lives in a blue state, that being corrupt and incompetent were not the greatest recommendations for the office of President of the United States. Her reply was that practically all elected politicians are corrupt, and that since most politicians are men, we should try a woman this time. Minus the little aside about corruption, that is pretty much the message that Hillary is trying to put across, and she is being joined not only by my friend, but also who knows how many other women.