There are lots of young folks out there hoping to be a campaign manager for a Delegate race in Virginia. It might not pay that well, but it’s a good resume builder for a political career, so candidates get quite a deep pool of applicants to choose from. Going through the process of selecting a campaign manager, a candidate is normally going to look into the background and experience of a potential employee pretty thoroughly to make sure the person in charge of their political future matches them well and isn’t going to potentially cause problems for their candidacy. So one really has to wonder why Jeanette Rishell chose Ilana Kaplan-Shain to be her campaign manager this election cycle. Wasn’t there anyone else out there willing to work for her?
Ms. Kaplan-Shain has a rather interesting resume. When she attended Rochester University she managed to get elected to the student body government and had a rather interesting tenure that drew some rather critical local press attention. There was a question about what student activity fees would be used for, and Ms. Kaplan-Shain decided it would be a good idea for the university library to stock such educational videos in the university library as “Debbie Does Dallas, Deep Throat, Sum of All Rears (a gay porn), Genital Hospital, Barely Legal No. 28, Gang Bang 2, Just Over 18 No. 4, Weapons of Ass Destruction, Young as They Cum, and Young Ripe Melons” according to the Rochester City Newspaper. After the student senate voted on this, there was only one student representative who would go on record to explain how this kind of exploitative “diversity” was a good idea, and it was none other than Ms. Kaplan-Shain.
Sophomore Senator Ilana Kaplan-Shain, who reportedly voted in favor of the resolution, says the Times’ account of the vote was inaccurate, in that the resolution in question “was a vote to not officially say no yet” to the idea of adding pornographic titles. “What it was is to leave the option open that we would possibly include [pornographic] DVDs in the future,” she says. “That’s what I voted yes to.”
With students in control of the DVD collection, UR may become one of the few, if not the only, universities to offer students skin flicks in its library.
“Not officially saying no” sounds a lot like Obama-speak for saying “yes” to me.
So here’s Jeanette Rishell pouring through a pile of resumes from applicants hoping to manage her campaign, and she’s going through some standard due diligence ensuring that none of these people have done anything that would cause controversy, and she runs across this applicants rather unusual past. You know she had to run through this, because no utter idiot is going to neglect to at least do a cursory google search on the name of their potential campaign manager. So she undoubtably ran across this and figured something along the lines of “hey, a little hard-core porn paid for out of mandatory student activity fees isn’t a big deal!” and then decided to hire the hard-core porn supporter.
How incredibly out of touch can you be. How does having a hard-core porn supporter working for you as a campaign manager square with all this feminist rhetoric Jeanette Rishell espouses? How is the electorate going to judge your decision-making skills when out of all the people you can hire as a campaign manager, you pick the one that says with her vote ‘bring on Weapons of Ass Destruction!’ Incredible. Jeanette Rishell is either completely stupid or stunningly incompetent. After seeing her last two campaigns, it’s really hard to tell which.
Now perhaps I’m overreacting here, and titles like the one at left have really become mainstream in America, and constitute a vital part of the education of our college students that I don’t fully appreciate. Maybe involuntary fees collected from students should be used to ensure such cinematic icons are easily available for the academic enrichment of our students, who otherwise won’t have the opportunity to appreciate the artistic and philosophical value of watching a vulnerable young woman have her ‘ass’, well, ‘destroyed’. College has apparently changed quite a bit since I attended, and there could be some changes I don’t fully appreciate.
Yet in a political campaign in Virginia, I kind of doubt a candidate wants to spend time trying to explain that reasoning, but now Jeanette Rishell, we’re waiting for an explanation here. Really. Why did you choose someone to run your campaign with this kind of background?
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