In the bizarre “Why Cats Are Better than Dogs with Carly Fiorina” video posted on YouTube yesterday before the Republican debate, the presidential candidate, surrounded by dogs on a sofa, rattles off the benefits of having them as pets.
A dog is happy to see you; dogs are your own security detail; dogs are sad when you’re gone; etc., etc.
She also gets in a dig at our current president: “You know, President Obama ate one of your cousins,” she says to the puppies on her lap. “Vote Republican.”
Oooh, burn! Funny how she doesn’t mention that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went on a long road trip with his dog on the roof of his car.
But she does confess she enjoyed eating Milk-Bones as a child.
Since dogs are so nice, Fiorina continues, they can help her prepare for debates. (Huh?) She names the dogs surrounding her after the other candidates.
Then it’s time for another Obama burn. “Not even Obama has a cat,” Fiorina says. Ouch! But wait — doesn’t this also burn all Republican cat owners?
“I mean, I really like cats, too,” Fiorina adds, as she’s hugged by a feline. Mmmkaay.
But wait, there’s more!
As Fiorina pets a fluffy puppy and admires its coat, she says she’s been unfairly compared to Cruella de Vil. Then a yellow Lab and Dachshund who are watching Fiorina’s video appear, and in very creepy voices say they don’t like cats and ask who Cruella de Vil is.
“Are those treats? Oh HELL yeah,” one of the dogs “says.”
“Although I love dogs myself… this is probably the worst campaign advertisement we’ve ever had,” wrote Dom Musser in a comment on the video, which as of this morning has around 190 thumbs down and 95 thumbs up.
The video wasn’t produced by Fiorina’s campaign but by the Independent Journal, a website “dedicated to reporting the latest news and politics that matters to you and can be shared with people of all political persuasions and information-levels,” according to its Facebook page.
It’s unclear why Fiorina thought it was a good idea to alienate so many of her voters. Perhaps she’s of the mindset that any publicity is good publicity.
As P.T. Barnum, the founder of another type of circus, once said, “I don’t care what the newspapers say about me, as long as they spell my name right.”
Photos via YouTube