In a scene stealing move this afternoon, Ted Cruz drained some of the wind from the Trump sails and his big wins last night by announcing Carly Fiorina as his VP sidekick.
Carly is no stranger to bulldog politics. Before this primary season, Carly was best known in political circles for taking on the unenviable task of running against ultra-liberal Senator Barbara Boxer in California in 2010. And being that it was in ultra-liberal California, Boxer eventually took home the win. But not without the fight of Boxer’s political life.
Fiorina proved her tenacity, her voraciousness, and her political potential during that race.
While some are publicly wishing Cruz had picked a potential running mate with more governing experience, some of us understand that this particularly nasty fight for our values we currently find ourselves in requires a person that is ready to put on the fighting gloves and isn’t worried about getting their hair pulled or their spray tan smudged. Politics is a contact sport and right now we need someone willing to get a little bloody.
Carly isn’t just a Pit-bull, she’s articulate and incredibly well-versed on policy issues and that is even more glaringly obvious when put next to the bloviating frat boy, his anemic policy knowledge and stumbling and empty rhetoric.
While I’d love for us to be the party who puts the first woman in the Presidency or Vice Presidency position– not Hillary-esq style, simply because it’s “her turn” and she feels entitled to the position- I don’t buy into identity politics. I don’t care if you are red, yellow, black or white, male or female, I simply want someone on the national stage who can articulate my values and attack those who are poised to hijack my party and redefine it under their own brand and banner of fascism.
Nevertheless, returning Carly to the national stage is going to prove painfully onerous for Trump simply because she IS a woman. And I think it’s a brilliant move by the Cruz campaign.
In recent weeks, Trump has done his best to keep his deep-rooted and well documented misogyny tucked in and has avoided having to deal with females who publicly disagree with him.
But women haven’t forgotten what he said about Carly in his Rolling Stone Magazine interview a few months ago, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
Nobody gets under Trump’s skin more than a strong, independent woman who can’t be controlled or bought off. Women in his life have historically only had a few roles. They’ve either submitted and flourished financially within his business or family life, or they’ve been sexual exploits and only good for domination as he’s often bragged in his books and interviews, or they’ve refused both of those roles and been the target of his public hateful musings and vulgar and demeaning comments.
Now, moving forward, Trump gets to react daily to a strong woman unafraid and unintimidated by his brand or wealth. And I imagine it will send him into a vortex of in-suppressible rage that will be impossible to control by his campaign.
And women will be watching as they head towards the voting booths to determine where the last remaining and coveted delegates will go.