Fiorina Passover Email: "As We Break Bread"

Score another one for the web team of California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina. Here's the email that went out under the subject line "Best wishes for a safe and happy Passover."

Passover is a time of remembrance and thanks. This festival provides us all – Jewish, Christian and all faiths – an opportunity to reflect on the challenges we have faced and the triumphs we have achieved together. It is also a reminder of the resilient spirit that has carried people through trials of every kind through every generation.

This week, as we break bread and spend time with our families and friends, I hope we also take a moment to say a word of thanks for our freedom and for those who have given their lives in freedom’s name. Let us also look ahead with hope to the opportunities to come.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday.


Carly Fiorina

It's very nice of Fiorina to send out a Passover email to supporters. As a Jewish voter in California, I would say thank you, and chag sameach back to her. But I might also say one other thing: When one sends out an email wishing people a "happy Passover" -- a holiday celebrated through bread abstinence -- one might not want to use the line "as we break bread." Just a thought...

Tags: CA-Sen, California, Senate 2010, Carly Fiorina, Demonsheep (all tags)



she could have made a better impression

by writing, "This week, as we break unleavened bread, we wonder why it doesn't break along the perforation lines."

by desmoinesdem 2010-03-30 10:58AM | 2 recs
RE: she could have made a better impression

No kidding!!

by Steve M 2010-03-30 11:53AM | 0 recs
And a chag sameach back to you

Happy Passover, and thank you for all your hard work.

My Passover wish is that the netroots will do some deep soul searching during these 8 days. I am saddened but not surrpised in the least at how quiet the netroots has been since HCR passed. I would be curious to see a plot of posts per day before and after reform passed, here and elsewhere. Yes, we are all fatigued over such a long battle, and it's understandable we all need a break from time to time. But my hypothesis has been that a significant portion of netroots activists still rely on a free-standing, disembodied outrage for motivation over a concept of social and economic justice. For example, where's the outrage from the maximalists now that HCR passed? The world is only incrementally better, and as Obama noted, HCR is not over. So where's the strategy and activism?

by NoFortunateSon 2010-03-30 11:34AM | 0 recs
RE: And a chag sameach back to you

My advice to you is be the change you wish to see in the world. Start writing frequently about strategy and activism.

Speaking for myself, I've been busy trying to follow the closing days of the Iowa legislature's 2010 session, the Iowa governor's race and various battleground statehouse races, and many other things along with the fallout from the health care reform battle. Most bloggers have a lot more ideas for posts than we ever have time to write up. So instead of complaining about posts other people haven't written, why not just write them yourself?

by desmoinesdem 2010-03-30 12:00PM | 1 recs
RE: And a chag sameach back to you

Speaking only for myself, I work at a church. Last weekend was the Presiding Bishop's visit to Nebraska and now it's Holy Week. Blogging, and virtually everything else, takes a back seat for a little while.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-31 06:23PM | 0 recs

This may be the single stupidest post I have seen. We are going to nitpick the woman using an expression simpkly because we dont eat leavened bread during Passover? Give it a rest...makes you look awfully silly..

by adb67 2010-03-30 11:40AM | 0 recs
RE: Cmon...

Well the problem is that the root of the idiom "to break bread together" is very much from the New Testament. It's not exactly a traditional Jewish saying.

Folk tend to be awfully sensitive about their religion. Just sayin'.

by vecky 2010-03-30 12:14PM | 2 recs
RE: Cmon...

I mean, look, I understand where you're coming from. On the other hand, if a candidate is going to pander, at least they might want to do it well.

by Jonathan Singer 2010-03-30 12:35PM | 1 recs
RE: Cmon...

It's hardly nitpicking. That we forego leavened bread during Passover is a central tenet of the festival. We don't break bread, we break matzo. That's a big, critical distinction. The fact that she/her campaign fucked up that basic fact would be begnign ignorance at best, but in the context of political pandering, it's insulting.

by Railfan 2010-03-30 12:51PM | 1 recs
RE: Cmon...

Aaron, Christians aren't under the Law. You can still eat bagles, JC doesn't care.

by QTG 2010-03-30 12:52PM | 0 recs
Happy Passover

It's refreshing to see more religious tolerance in America.  I say this in lieu of the Westboro Baptist Church's arrival into my home state in the near future.  Those people disgust me.

by Chuckie Corra 2010-03-30 01:05PM | 0 recs

That's the same spot on attention to detail that was the benchmark of her time as CEO of HP.  Now if she only had run HP into the ground, then we'd have... oh... right.

by yitbos96bb 2010-03-30 02:29PM | 0 recs
I believe that matzoh is indeed bread

and it is indeed broken, many times.

by Bruce Godfrey 2010-03-30 04:35PM | 0 recs
RE: I believe that matzoh is indeed bread

Indeed it is.  And though it is a very clumsy phrase to use in a Passover message, it would be much clumsier in a Yom Kippur message.  Accentuate the positive!

by Rob in Vermont 2010-03-30 07:21PM | 0 recs
RE: I believe that matzoh is indeed bread

I think Vecky hit the nail on the head. The real issue isn't the substance but the wording: "break bread" is a phrase very suggestive of the New Testament and the Last Supper, which while also commemorated this week (I'm taking a break from writing my Maundy Thursday sermon write now, actually) hardly belongs in an e-mail ostensibly about Judaism.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-31 06:26PM | 0 recs
It is pretty silly, but . . .

we should just let it go. Taking a look at that press release, it's pretty damned clear to me that it was written up some time ago as a generic, multi-cultural "happy holidays"  message.

I mean, read the damned thing, you can substitute Passover for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukuh, July 4th, Memorial Day, Kwanzaa, or Arbor Day without missing a step. 

Now, Fiorina isn't doing herself any favors with her reactions lately that, "unleavened bread is what we meant." It would be far smarter and quicker to just say, "We made a mistake and didn't proofread the press release. Sorry."

by EvilAsh 2010-03-31 08:08PM | 0 recs
I hope & pray that no one waste a vote on this woman...

I watched as the wretched person destroyed my company (HP) that had endured & prospered for almost 70 years before she slithered in and dismantled one of the greatest companies ever.

What she did to us and to Lucent previously, she would do to California as govenor... the govenator was bad enough, we can't afford her style of slash and burn mentality.  She is reponsible for more than 90k unemployed Americans already, myself included (after 21 years with HP, many had over 30 years in), when she dumped us to send good paying American jobs to China, Singapore and Malaysia.

I know that there is already a special place in hell for her but she does not deserve one in Sacramento!! 

by NorCal Dave 2010-04-01 02:38AM | 0 recs


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