Sunday, September 14, 2008

Channeling Lurch

I had another Lurch moment today. Remember Lurch, on the Addams family TV series? He was Morticia and Gomez's butler, who stood about 7'8 and therefore had a tendency to alarm guests when they appeared at the Addams' door. He never really scared me...I appreciated him for his expression of disbelief, a deep, exasperated, guttural "uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" accompanied by exaggerated head shakes and perhaps a tightening of the lug in his neck.

The spirit of Lurch stirred in me as I watched Carly Fiorina, a talented, smart, accomplished woman who used to head up Hewlett-Packard, one of the leaders in American IT, try to convince George Stephanopoulos that Sarah Palin was the most accomplished, gifted governor in the history of the world and therefore absolutely the right person to accompany John McCain to the White House(if not stampede in there ahead of him!). Fiorina was defending, or more accurately PROMOTING, a woman who attended five different schools before collecting a degree from the University of Idaho(!) in journalism(!), who loves to shoot defenseless animals from the air, who pursues "faith-based policies" just like someone else we know, including the teaching of anti-science, and who blithely speculates about war with Russia--apocalyptic war with Russia--over its invasion of a small state in its historical sphere of influence. How in the world could a 21st century mover and shaker like Fiorina, or for that matter EBay exec Meg Whitman, laud a woman of such inferior and undesirable qualities and then endorse her possible stewardship of the United States of America? Has the Republican Party slipped them some kind of long-lasting drug designed to rob them of their good judgment and intellectual self-respect for the duration of this election? It absolutely stupifies me.

I can't actually remember if Lurch had a lug in his neck, come to think of it. But I would definitely tighten mine, if I had one, in order to neutralize the cognitive dissonance these women have caused with their endorsements of Sarah Palin. Maybe I'll just give it a long "Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"


Blogger Deborah said...

Perhaps McCain has promised Ms. Fiorina and Ms. Whitman positions in his administration. Ms. Fiorina might be Secretary of Commerce. (It actually wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone from the tech industry there.) Ms. Whitman could teach him to Google and E-bay.

10:09 PM  
Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

I think that's entirely plausible, that they've been promised something big, but it's hard to imagine that people of that caliber would voluntarily associate under any circumstances with the kind of neanderthals we saw front and center at the Republican convention.

10:58 AM  

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