Saturday, April 30, 2016

Carly Fiorina's singing scored on late-night. But at a rally, it was just creepy

My favorite part of American Idol was always the initial audition period, because that was when the least talented, most delusional people were on TV unintentionally creating comedy gold. This eternal presidential primary season has been a lot like that – and Ted Cruz’s announcement Wednesday of Carly Fiorina as his running mate was no exception.Picking a running mate when he has almost no chance of becoming the Republican party nominee is just the sort of desperate move I’ve come to expect from Cruz, but that’s another column. Today I want to focus on Fiorina and that creepy song she sang to Cruz’s daughters on live television..Which issue do you want US election candidates to discuss   You want to talk about playing the woman card? If Fiorina were a man, we’d all be calling for To Catch a Predator’s Chris Hansen just about now, because that song was the stuff of little girls’ nightmares.Just like those ill-advised American Idol contestants, Fiorina probably thought it was a great idea to sing to Cruz’s kids on live TV. After all, everybody told her how great it was when she sang about her dog on Jimmy Fallon. But that shows a remarkable inability to distinguish the appropriateness of a given venue.In case you’re reading, Carly, let me break it down for you: singing a dopey song about your pet on a late-night comedy talk show is charming. Singing a dopey song about someone else’s kids in the middle of a live press conference announcing your intention to become the person a heartbeat away from the presidency is just creepy. 
I’m ready for this political circus to stop. Even American Idol’s reign of terror has finally come to an end – and the company that owns it just filed for bankruptcy. Because watching delusional egomaniacs strut their stuff is funny at first, but after a while, you begin to crave something more substantial than this.

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