All of the first-tier presidential candidates are unable, given their current status, to make policy. Either they no longer hold office (Giuliani, Romney, Edwards) or they are limited to casting votes in the Senate (McCain, Clinton, Obama). However, second-tier candidate Bill Richardson is not thus constrained. As governor of New Mexico, he’s in a position to shape policy on a wide range of issues, including some that pertain to basic events in our day-to-day existence.
Richardson has risen to the challenge by installing talking urinals in men’s rooms throughout the state. Here’s how they work. When a man steps up, the motion-sensitive plastic device says, in a woman’s voice that is flirty, then stern: “Hey, big guy. Having a few drinks? Think you had one too many? Then it’s time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home.” The report doesn’t say whether the voice is that of Monica Lewinsky, to whom Richardson granted a job interview when he was ambassador to the U.N. during the Clinton years.
New Mexico has not installed such a device in the state’s women’s rooms. Apparently, this is because men account for 78 percent of all driving-under-the-influence-related convictions in New Mexico. It still sounds like sexism to me, though.
JOHN adds: Wow, that is almost beyond belief. So, is the message in both English and Spanish? At the Forum, jjoebear says:
U missed the best part of the woman’s message. She finishes with