Karl Keating, in his September 16th E-Letter, comments on the Official Voter Information Guide for the California gubernatorial recall election. The Guide allowed each candidate (135 in all) up to 250 words to describe himself and his positions.
Keating matter-of-factly reports that Audie Bock (Dem.) describes herself as a small businesswoman . [and] a proud mother . Our immediate reaction was: Why does she find it important to point out that shes small? Keatings response was similar: Maybe shes short . Of course, youre not supposed to say short anymore, so apparently she chose small as an acceptable euphemism. Actually, the politically correct term is a person of small stature. Apparently, she figured that small would pass muster.
So, again, why does she want voters to know shes small? Is there a voting bloc of persons of small stature out there, and was she making a pitch for that bloc? Or maybe theres a sizeable sympathy vote among persons of large stature?
Keating continues: I think she means she is a small-business woman. Oh. Thanks Karl, thats probably it.
Now, if that female candidate had said shes a small businessman, there would be no confusion. After all, everyone says, Suzie is a freshman at Podunk State.
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