During tonight’s Republican debate, Carly Fiorina took a not remotely subtle shot at Hillary Clinton: “Unlike another woman in this race, I actually like spending time with my husband.”
While this statement could be 100% true, it’s still 100% bullshit. As the wonderful Harry Frankfurt pointed out in On Bullshit, the essence of bullshit isn’t lying. Frankfurt says bullshit is “unconnected to a concern with the truth,” therefore “Bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” Fiorina isn’t trying to lie, but to confuse soft minds by making them think the state of Clinton’s marriage–which is, in all honestly, a greater mystery than Stonehenge–has any-fucking thing to do with her ability to be President.
So what kind of bullshit is “Unlike another woman in this race, I actually like spending time with my husband.”
I’d say it’s flapdoodle.
This Ned Flanders-ish noun can also be a verb, which usually means to bullshit in a circuitous way. Fiorina is being mega-indirect by slamming the Clinton marriage, implying a fragile chain of logic leading from Bill’s pants to Hillary’s credibility.
This is also plain ol’ Mean Girls territory. Oh well. At least Carly isn’t trying to make fetch happen.