First it was her shoes. Then it was her "golden parachute" pay package. Now her name? Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard honcho and John McCain pal, is getting it from all sides from Barack Obama's South Florida congressional crew.
In a just ended conference call with reporters, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler highlighted an early Fiorina comment where she said McCain wasn't qualified to run a corp. like Hewlett. Certainly interesting. Wexler didn't mention she said the same thing about Obama, Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. But he did manage to mangle her name, when he mentioned "the statement today of Carly Fee-OR-AHR. FEE-OR-ORN - I, I always mispronounce her name." Then he got it right: "Fee-Ore-EE-na."
Earlier today, on MSNBC, Fiorina-basher-in-chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz pointed to Fiorina as a poster child for the very types of lavish executive pay packages McCain now criticizes.
Fiorina then defended herself later by telling Andrea Mitchell that her severance package ws voted on by Hewlett's board, which is the type of openness that McCain wants. She also said the $42m payout was an exaggeration (How much did she get? Mitchell didn't ask). The rep had previously assailed Fiorina before, criticizing the Jimmy Choos shoes she (didn't) wear. More here on that
Anyway: the purpose of the Wexler call was the Al Goresque attack on the Republicans' "risky" scheme to "privatize social security" -- an attack from 2000 that worked only slightly better than George W. Bush's failed congressional efforts to actually do it.
Wexler said Obama wouldn't cut benefits, raise the retirement age or raise the tax - except on the wealthy. How much, though, would that leave Social Security in future debt? Wexler said he didn't know and the campaign would answer that. The campaign hasn't so far. But, in response to our query, it did send a detailed list of McCain's votes concerning deregulation of the financial markets -- in stark contrast to his call today for more regulation.
Hey, at least it's not about Fiorina, capisce?