"I iz runnin for president!" With that short statement posted on Hillary Clinton's Twitter account early Sunday Morning, the former first lady and erstwhile Secretary of State, startled the nation and perhaps the world, not so much because she was running, but in the manner she chose to do so.
Hillary Clinton, whose popularity has been slipping recently-like a christened battleship on greased skids-has apparently decided to promote her candidacy with one of the few options still available to her...Lolcat Speak.And it's not just with short quips on her social media accounts but also in spoken and written interviews that she intends to use the highly successfully internet phenomena for her own ends.
In a round robin on network Sunday morning news programs she answered as best she could using the same style. When asked about her controversial stint as Secretary she responded: "Mah record speakz for itself". In response to her husband, Bill's, many infidelities, she replied, "mah husband waz unfaithful buut him are still mah husband."
The Lolcat theme has exploded rapidly. Posted on her official "Hillary for President" website there are several memes feature the first lady in various unique poses using LOLCat speak to explain the situation pictured.
In one she is featured in a fluttering dress and a large brimmed hat surrounded by poor children with the caption "We muzt stop thinkin ov teh individuul an start thinkin about what are bezt for society." Another shows her with two effeminate men kissing in the background. The caption:"Gay rightz iz human rightz." While a third shows her at the mexican border:"I iz, yu know, adamantleh againzt illegul immigrashun!"
The very unique campaign style left even seasoned political analysts scratching their heads. In the words of one analyst, "howz long it will lazt no oen can tell, buut mozt expertz agree, it'z hah onleh option." adding, "We're all juzt left scratchin ar heads."