Whose turn is it now? Who’s been out on the campaign trail acting stupidly when they should have been poring over books of facts? Why, it’s Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
I was up last night watching the debate among Republican candidates on CNN. I could not catch everything, but I recorded all but a smidgen, and I saved it off to a Blu-ray disk. Being politically naive, I rely on various news outlets to pick up on stuff that just blows right past me. I did go back and catch this from my copy:
As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this video tape—I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.
That was candidate Fiorina speaking during the debate. And what a slam dunk, no nonsense, grab them by the balls indictment of a cause that is so dear to bleeding-heart liberals and especially candidate Hillary Clinton. This exhibits strength of character and the kind of forcefulness that will carry a presidential contender right to the steps of the White House. But not inside. To go inside you sometimes need to get it right, which candidate Fiorina failed to do. Spectacularly.
That liberal media outlet, owned by left-leaning Rupert Murdoch and known as The Wall Street Journal, had this to say:
At Debate, Carly Fiorina Described Scenes Not in Abortion Videos
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina won applause in Wednesday’s debate for her vivid description of a live fetus she said was shown in an antiabortion group’s undercover video about Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
But the image she described isn’t in any of the videos released by the antiabortion group. Instead, one video from the group depicts a former employee of a tissue procurement company stating what she says she saw at a Planned Parenthood clinic. There was never any video that depicted, as Ms. Fiorina stated, a live fetus on a table being prepared for organ harvesting.
Ouch! That has got to hurt. But we all know it’s going to blow over. After all, we are all of us human, and we can, from time to time, make mistakes. Even presidents:
You bombed Iraq? I told you to bomb Iran. I did? Gosh darn, I meant to say Iran, but it kind of came out Iraq. If there’s still time, can you send out the planes and bomb Iran?
Of course that’s a joke. This is not:
On Monday, President Bush admitted that the Iraq war is “straining the psyche of our country.” But he vowed to stay the course. A reporter questioned him about why he opposed withdrawing US troops from Iraq. In his answer, Bush admitted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and had “nothing” to do with 9/11. [includes rush transcript]
Carly Fiorina can lay off these lapses on her advisers, the people who told her this was a legitimate tape. The problem is Fiorina picked those advisors, just as George W. Bush picked the people to advise him on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Just as candidate John McCain picked the advisors who assured him Sarah Palin was a winning candidate.
A candidate can shift from gaff to gaff and continue to act stupidly, and they will suffer the consequences. When a president acts stupidly people die.