Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was at one time on the list to be McCain's VP pick. She probably did herself in when she said that McCain favored forcing insurance companies that cover Viagra to also pay for birth control. It caused one of his many embarrassing moments when later that day, a reporter asked him about it. There's a video floating around the internet that shows him turning red and stuttering.
Whether he was embarrassed because he didn't know if he favors insurance coverage for contraceptives or because he does use Viagra, we'll never know. It was one of his last Q and A sessions on the bus formerly known as The Straight Talk Express.
Now McCain is using Fiorina to act as a surrogate spokesperson for Palin. This morning, Carly appeared on a talk show in St. Louis. The host asked her if she thinks Palin has the experience to run a major company like HP. Carly said:
No, I don't. But you know what, that's not what she's running for. (Laughs) Running a corporation is a different set of things.
The TPM commenters got a kick out of that:
• Shorter Fiorina: Only I am brilliant enough to run HP, not that stupid Sarah Palin. But she's smart enough for government work!
• Though to be fair, Fiorina herself proved incapable of running HP, so perhaps this is just one of those it takes one to know one deals....
• Hey, HP is WAY more important, and WAY more complicated than the United States. Anybody can be the President of the United States.
• These are the true colors of a right-wing conservative if I've ever seen it. Running the country, setting economic policy, foreign policy, deciding between war and peace, overseeing a bureaucracy of tens of millions, etc. Anyone can do that, including your average hockey mom with a BA in communications.
• McCain is out on the stump blasting CEO's "Golden Parachute" severance packages, and yet still has Carly Fiorina and her $45M HP severance package as a top surrogate for him. Fiorina almost ran HP into the ground, and was caught spying on workers near the end of her stay there.
• Well, to be fair, McCain and Palin could certainly run Enron.