When Jeanette Rishell chose Ilana Kaplan-Shain to be her campaign manager this year, you’d imagine she’d bother to take a peek at Kaplan-Shain’s facebook page and make sure what she saw there was consistent with the message she wanted to send to voters. Maybe some photos there of her volunteering in a community service project to benefit disadvantaged kids, or helping inform voters about some issue is what you’d expect to find. What you wouldn’t expect to find is a picture of her in a bar sitting on a stationary mechanical bull doing something unexplainable with her right hand. What no one would ever expect to find are disgusting pictures of a used condom sitting in a toilet. Yet Jeanette Rishell actually hired this person. What does this say about Jeanette Rishell’s values, or her competence?
I’m sure the last time you took a vacation it didn’t quite cross your mind to take pictures like this, much less decide this is how you want to share your thoughts and values with the world. At the very least a picture like this is going to upset the wacko environmentalists who will undoubtedly complain about the failure to dispose of this latex product in an environmentally-friendly manner. The rest of the world is certainly going to wonder who in their right mind takes pictures of used condoms, thinks it’s a good idea to post them on your facebook page, and describes the place where this happened as “awesome”.
Lest readers think this photo is some sort of anomaly however, Ilana Kaplan-Shain decided this picture was also worth sharing, making sure to point out “look at the bottom!!! it’s little sperm.“ This is starting to look a lot like an obsession, much more than happenstance.
So what would prompt someone to behave like this and exhibit such pride in it? Her writings in “Campus Times” give us a little insight, where she opines that “once the haze of last night’s binge leaves or you accept the fact that drunkenly hooking up with another girl in a bathroom stall doesn’t make you a lesbian” and “Sometimes the long-distance relationship is given a new life by drunken instant messages or phone calls, but this beast is easily slain, not with silver bullets or garlic, but with sex acts involving gymnasts who live nearby.”
I really have to wonder what Jeanette Rishell was thinking when she saw all this stuff right before she decided that this is the one person she needed to entrust her campaign to. Perhaps these pretty accurately reflect Jeanette Rishell’s own values and convictions, as otherwise her selection of this individual as her campaign manager above all the others who were available makes no sense. If that’s the case, I can imagine how Rishell would vote on a wide range of issues, and it’s not going to be a decision a lot of voters would be happy with.
The mainstream media will likely not discuss this, which is really unfortunate since the choices a candidate makes during a campaign are awfully relevant to the way they would be expected to vote if they’re elected. If this never makes the papers and Jeanette Rishell never has to publicly explain her decision here, I really hope the voters themselves start asking her questions about this until she honestly explains a consequential decision which so doggedly defies rational explanation. They’ve got a right to an answer here.
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