Friday, February 5, 2010

Carly Fiorina-The Films "FROGS"/"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"-----Commonalities



Among the vast and diverse products coming from the Great State of California, lots of movies, good, bad and in-between are made. At the same time, lots of politicians, not so good, bad and in-between are also made.

California is in the process of making another iconic politician. Carly Fiorina. Carly wants to unseat Barbara Boxer as California's junior U.S. Senator. But first she must win the primary. She is the underdog for the Republican nomination. Her biggest competition comes from Tom Campbell, a middle of the road Republican without a lot of money.

Carly has a lot of money. She received a major payout when she was dumped out of HP as CEO a few years back and so far has used $19 million of it in her run for the U.S. Senate. And Carly is using some of this money in some very bizarre political advertisements.

So? Where's the correlation and commonalities to the old classic films "FROGS" and "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE" to Carly Fiorina?

The 1972 film "FROGS" has the best 'tag line' of all time: 'Today the pond, tomorrow the world'. And this seems to be the same 'tag line' to Carly Fiorina's campaign for the U.S. Senate. "FROGS" tells the story of man eating killer frogs that, after significant doses of radiation, grow large and want to conquer the world. Take a look at some of Carly's political ads and this point is made.

In the 1950's "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE" classic film, Bette Davis plays the title role of Baby Jane Hudson, a child movie star who has not aged well and is slowly going crazy which is exhibited by her escalating bizarre behavior and grotesque appearance. Carly's campaign techniques have certainly become quite odd of late and she has a similar grotesque physiognomy to old Baby Jane. She is gross-out photogenic, however. Take one look at a recent picture of Carly Fiorina and our case rests.

NOW, Carly has unleashed perhaps the most bizarre political ad in recent years in her attempt to trash Tom Campbell. And it has become an internet sensation. It's a mini-movie (about 3 minutes) with sheep, clouds, sheep in a field, sheep on a pedestal and sheep in the clouds with men dressed as sheep in wolves clothing with devil eyes, all in a psychedelic presentation. Baby Jane and those irradiated giant frogs would have loved it and understood it. Carly does too. Check it out on You Tube. It's already had more than 500,000 hits. (FCINO: Fiscal Conservative in Name Only).

"Today the pond, Tomorrow the world"

Only in California!

J.

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