Carly Fiorina aims to show up Clinton with press conference outside Clinton event
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will cross paths Wednesday in South Carolina. And the Republican -- the only woman among the vast GOP field -- will try to show up Clinton by holding a regular old press conference.Right there. I even bolded it for you. Yes, Carly Fiorina, the "only woman among the vast GOP field". As opposed to the Democrats, who have, um, Hillary! Clinton and, um... Bernie Sanders. A whole one woman. Just like the GOP. You know who the GOP also has as declared candidates? Dr. Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal.
Clinton has been under fire of late for avoiding reporters' questions at her campaign events. She did take questions last week in Iowa and New Hampshire, but has often walked away from the shouting throng penned behind the ropes.
Who do the Democrats have?
Willie Carter, who is running (for his eighth consecutive time) because "he was 'commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America'." Now, Mr. Carter is an Air Force vet (thank you sir) and Sunday School teacher, but he doesn't exactly have the background of being a governor or director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Not bad for a nasty ol' racist and sexist GOP, eh?
It's not about who's running, though. It's not a scorecard of "we have [minority X] and they don't". It's about the media deciding to interject that Fiorina was the only female GOP declared candidate, rather than focus on why the Democratic frontrunner isn't talking to the press (answer: every time she does, her numbers go down...) I loved this bit, too:
...she has taken scores of questions from participants in her campaign events
Notice the lack of anything resembling a definition of who a "participant" in a campaign event might be. Like, say, a paid operative. She's avoiding taking questions, and the media is happy to let her, even going so far as to make excuses for her. And the story then becomes how ZOMG TEH EVIL GOP ONLY HAS ONE WYMYN RUNNING!!!1111.
Masterful. Goebbels would be proud.
That is all.