Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Forget Palin, We Need To Vet Our Supporters Better

OK, as we have mentioned many times, other than following politics because it provides copious opportunities to develop drinking games ("The economy is fundamentally sound") we are in no way to be considered as having anything that might remotely approach a qualified opinion about anything.

Still, given that caveat, we're pretty sure that when you send representatives of your campaign out to talk to the press, you want them to say positive things about you.

An economic adviser to John McCain says neither the presidential candidate nor his running mate is qualified to lead a large corporation. "Of course, neither am I," said McCain spokesperson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. "And that's what makes me so good at seeing others' lack of ability."

Fiorina was asked by KTRS radio in St. Louis whether she thought vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin had the experience to run a big company. "No, I don’t," Fiorina replied. "But that’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things. When you're running a country you've got tons more opportunities to screw up. Wait, let me rephrase that."

Later she said the same of the presidential nominee. "I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation because as a CEO you're not allowed to bomb your competition and that's pretty much his whole bag of tricks right there."

Fiorina said the Democratic candidates also don’t have the business background for such a task. "Basically no one knows how to do it," she said. "I mean look at the guys who ran Enron, or Lehman, or WaMu, or AIG, or GM. They're all a bunch of losers. This country is totally screwed. I'm telling you we all need to think about moving to Belize."

She asserted that Palin, who was mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska, before being elected governor in 2006, had more executive experience than Democrat Barack Obama. "She fired that Public Safety guy because he wouldn't fire her brother-in-law and got herself into deep do do with HR and will probably end up costing her state a ton of money and giving herself a black eye in the process. Now that's executive experience."

A spokesperson for the McCain campaign said Ms. Fiorina's duties would be reviewed and she would probably be sent to Alaska "to keep an eye on Russia from that island governor Palin mentioned."

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