Shall we call this Carly-gate? Or CEO-gate? Or anything-gate, really, because the media is really into [ ]-gates.
McCain advisor Carly Fiorina told a St. Louis radio station, when asked, that though she supported John McCain to be President, she didn’t think he could run a major corporation, as the two jobs require different skill sets. She later told MSNBC, when asked about the comment, that she didn’t think Obama, Joe Biden, or Palin could run a corporation either. Same reason.
A top McCain official evidently told CNN that the remarks were “no big deal,” but that they were “Very Biden-like.”
“Carly will now disappear,” this source said. “Senator McCain was furious.”
Fiorina had several additional TV appearances this week on her schedule, but they were cancelled. A mistake, you know, is a mistake. Saying anything which could be remotely construed as questioning the ability of the candidate for whom you speak is… a mistake. Off she goes.
As for the remark being Joe Biden-like, I can see it. It is similar in tone to the time recently when Joe Biden questioned Obama’s judgment in arguably the single most important choice of his campaign: his vice presidential pick.
I like Carly Fiorina a lot, but I’m trying to follow her reasoning. She was said to be somewhere on John McCain’s veep list. I do not know if that’s true, but if he had asked her, would she have accepted? Or would she have determined that being a heartbeat away from the Presidency requires a different skills then running HO? Are these skill sets mutually exclusive?
I cannot be surprised that such a remark coming from a former, successful, CEO, as they’re wired to think that job is one not every politician can do. And I am not surprised that Carly has “disappeared,” as politicians and their political advisors are wired to think that not every CEO can be a successful campaigner.
These things happen during lengthy campaigns. Carly Fiorina can vanish from the scene for a while causing no tremendous loss. Joe Biden, on the other hand, is on Obama’s ticket. Barry, good luck with that. (Although he did seem to disappear for a while recently.)