Pygmalion: In the Greek myth, Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved a woman from ivory then fell in love with the statue. Aphrodite takes pity on him and brings the statue to life. In George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (and later the musical My Fair Lady) Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette.
The bloom is off the rose. John McCain hoped to vet and train his running mate in about five minutes, and it’s not working.
The GOP operatives that are swarming over Alaska right now are trying to squash the ugly stories of her personal and personnel vendettas – currently Troopergate. At first she was all for an investigation but now she’s stone-walling. Less than a week after the Alaska State Senate Judiciary Committee voted to issue subpoenas in the investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin, those state employees who were ordered to testify won’t be honoring the subpoenas, the Alaska attorney general Talis Colberg said yesterday. (Note – Talis Colberg is not only a long-time buddy of Palin’s, he also has a vested interest in Palin’s victory – if she wins, and the current Lieutenant Governor who is running for the Senate wins, he gets to be Governor! What a deal!)
The McCain campaign has learned at the feet of the masters: Bush and Cheney. Subpoenas are for the stupid people. Here in Alaska we’re above the law.
Furthermore, they don’t even want Palin talking to the press. According to the AP,
Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska’s governor to John McCain’s political campaign, part of an ambitious Republican strategy to limit any embarrassing disclosures and carefully shape her image for voters in the rest of the country.
Then we have the “Whoopsie!” moment when campaign spokesperson and advisor, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard answered with ill-considered candor to an interviewer’s question: ““Do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett Packard?”
Fiorina: No, I don’t. But you know what, that’s not what she’s running for. (Laughs) Running a corporation is a different set of things.
According to a McCain advisor on condition of anonymity: “Carly will now disappear. Senator McCain was furious.” Upcoming TV interviews with her were canceled.
Finally, my favorite Henry Higgins/Pygmalion moment was captured by Maureen Dowd:
The Wall Street Journal reported that McCain was thinking about taking Palin to the U.N. General Assembly next week so she can shake hands with some heads of state. You can’t contract foreign policy experience like a rhinovirus.