Michael Gaynor
Catty and hypocritical Carly Fiorina isn't a better choice than bombastic Donald Trump
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By Michael Gaynor
September 21, 2015

A person who is upset by comments about his or her appearance does not have what it takes to be President.

Perhaps Donald Trump is not the best choice for Republican presidential nominee, but no other hopeful has proven himself or herself better and the current attacks against him are nonsensical. In time that may become generally known and redound to his benefit.

First, if someone tells a presidential candidate that he believes that President Obama is a Muslim, that presidential candidate is not obligated to vouch for Obama and waste time promoting the Obama claim that he's Christian and must be taken at his word. After all the Obama statements that proved false, why should his claim to be a Christian be taken as Gospel?

Second, Carly Fiorina, perhaps now second to Trump as a result of the second Republican presidential debate and media horror that Trump had commented to a Rolling Stone reporter that Fiorina doesn't have the kind of face voters want in a president, shouldn't be allowed to have it both ways, disparaging the appearance of another woman and whining when someone opines that she doesn't have a "presidential face."

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have not trumped Trump.

Trump proved to be a serious candidate and went up in the polls as they dropped.

Once the frontrunner, Walker appears to be below 1%.

Jeb is appears to be below 10% and is not even leading in Florida.

Before the second Republican debate, Ben Carson was the only Republican candidate in double digits besides Trump.

Debating is not Carson's strong suit, however, and he dropped a bit after the second Republican debate.

The media prefers a close race to a coronation, so the media message after the second Republican debate was that "outside" Carly Trump was the big winner, having parlayed a Trump comment to Rolling Stone that she did not have the kind of face the voters want in a President into a reported deflation of Trump by tersely stating her belief that American women clearly heard what he said about her face.

Why Fiorina thinks women should be aghast for her and punish Trump for speaking the truth about her dour facial expression is unclear, but she had to try something to boost her polling percentage into double digits.

Faces matter, especially facial expressions. In the first Kennedy/Nixon debate in 1960, most people who listened on the radio thought Nixon won, while most people who watched on television thought Kennedy once.

It has been repeatedly said that in the television age Abraham Lincoln never would be elected President.

It's not fair, but the fact is that many voters want a good-looking, cheerful-looking President.

Trump obviously thinks he looks like what a President should look like and Fiorina doesn't.

He's probably right.

Taller candidates have an advantage, and Fiorina did not wear heels for the three-hour debate for comfort.

The Donald looks more presidential than Dourpuss and doesn't need heels to look taller.

That's not fair, but Fiorina will never be compared favorably to cheerful Republican Ronald Reagan or "Happy Warrior" Democrat presidential nominees Al Smith (1928) and Hubert Humphrey (1968) until she stops whining and adopts a pleasant demeanor.

Sadly, what the media failed to tell viewers and listeners is that when it comes to complaining about remarks about personal appearance, Fiorina is a hypocrite.

In 2010, after winning the Republican United States Senate primary in California, Fiorina was interviewed by CNN about her upcoming race with Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer. Obviously not realizing that the mic was on, Fiorina disparaged Boxer's hair style, stating that had seen Boxer on television briefly that morning and said everyone says, 'God, what is that hair?", referring to Boxer. Fiorina then laughed, stroked her own hair and added "So yesterday" before realizing the mic was on and stopping, abruptly and sheepishly. The reporter added that Fiorina later said that people talk about her hair "all the time."

Apparently people talking about Fiorina's hair "all the time" hasn't toughened her up.

A person who is upset by comments about his or her appearance does not have what it takes to be President.

Here's the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XtPMq9xxOY.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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