In his American Prospect column, Paul Waldman does an interesting job of dissecting a refrain used by business executives when they run for office, like former ebay CEO Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina who are the Repub nominees for guv and senator in California.
Waldman takes off from a single sentence of Whitman’s, spoken at her joint victory party with Fiorina after primary a week ago. Said Whitman:
“Career politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., be warned — you now face your worst nightmare; two businesswomen from the real world who know how to create jobs, balance budgets and get things done!”
Wrote Waldman: “In this one sentence there are four separate claims that pretty much sum up the argument businesspeople generally make when running for office, so it’s worth looking at each in turn.”
Waldman takes them each in turn and inflicts some damage. Of course this kind of bland sloganeering goes on in all campaigns, and slogans are necessarily on the shallow side. Still, I enjoyed seeing Waldman put the four businessman/woman in politics memes under the microscope.