It’s a little late, but not too late to talk about Carly Fiorina, the clear winner of the second Republican presidential debate due in no small part to a big assist from CNN.
Still, she was clearly better than a woozy Jeb Bush and a bored Donald Trump. She should start measuring drapes in the Oval Office, right? Let’s pump the brakes. Fiorina did well in the last debate and but she did so because CNN changed their own rules to include her. She did well because Donald Trump screwed when he hit Fiorina’s on her looks thus making her the latest target of his uncontrollable sexism. She did well because Gentle Ben Carson sleepwalked through the debate and his flaccid performance dropped him from second place to third though he has since recovered in the ever-changing polls.
Fiorina is a conservative Republican woman who does not differ in any substantive way from the conservative Republican men she’s running against. She has claimed the status as the Anti-Hillary non-politician, but Fiorina is only an outsider because she failed miserably when she ran for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Fiorina’s rise is like that of Carson, Trump and Bernie Sanders. The public is looking around for something newer and shinier than the Establishment options of choosing from Column A of Jeb Bush and choosing from Column B of Hillary Clinton. Or have we forgotten four years ago when Herman Cain was a thing? Then as now, pretty much anyone who hasn’t been a politician but wants to be the top politician in America can be a top contender in the G.O.P. presidential race.
Fiorina’s dismal record as a business “leader” obscures her wearisome anti-woman agenda on reproductive rights, the untruthful attack on Planned Parenthood, opposition to wage equity, and raising the minimum wage is indicative of yet another rich and selfish plutocrat attempting to feed her enormous ego.
Most presidents don’t layoff 30,000 workers, drops the stock price in the shitter, gets fired from their job and are such a hot property nobody even wants you to run their company, then falls upward cashing out with over $40 million to go on and fail miserably in their earlier bid for elected office.
Then of course, there’s the notorious Planned Parenthood sting video which scandalized Fiorina so, but apparently no one else has seen except Fiorina. The resulting disingenuous waving away of Fiorina’s purposeful and repeated lying by the Carly Cheerleaders on the right doesn’t square with their sanctimonious denunciation of Planned Parenthood.
Fiorina has been caught as a liar-liar-pants on fire on the Left by The Nation, on the Right by Fox News and everywhere else in between. This freaking video she is speaking of does not fucking exist except in the mendacious mind of Carly Fiorina. Apparently, the Anti-Hillary’s lying-ass ways don’t deviate all that much from Hillary Clinton’s, but to the Carly Cheerleaders mendacity only matters when it’s by the other team.
Fiorina lied and caught telling a lie, she continues to lie even more. That’s a tap dance around the truth Richard Nixon would be proud of. It says a lot about the character of a presidential candidate when they can go on live television and tell a huge, stinking and proven lie her supporters defend weakly as simply not being “technically accurate to the highest degree,” as one Carly Cheerleader told me.
That’s a tap dance around the truth Bill Clinton would be proud of.
Fiorina’s frozen face turned to the camera, stared the American people in the eye and lied to their face when she said “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ ”
Fiorina can bash the media, blame the Left and pro-choicers, play the victim and say black is white and up is down. Telling a lie and then repeating it once it’s been proven to be a lie will never make it the truth.
If Fiorina’s brief bounce to second place in the Republican presidential polls was based on the one-two punch of jabbing Donald Trump and punching out Planned Parenthood, why isn’t she sharing these videos to vault into first place?
Fiorina is either badly mistaken in what she thought she saw in the Planned Parenthood sting videos or she’s deliberately lying about it. I opt for the second explanation.
Mostly though, I’ve had it up to here with vain egotists like Fiorina and Trump whose spectacular successes are matched and often exceeded by their equally spectacular failures and arrogantly believing this makes them presidential timber.
A decade ago the word was already out on what a dud Fiorina was. She solidified her status as one of the worst CEO’s in America long before her delusional fantasy she could fail up to become America’s next president.
Firing 30,000 people is not a sign of success. Making an unwise acquisition over the objections of the board which ends up decreasing the value of the company’s stock is not a sign of success. Being fired by that same board and never hired again as a CEO is not a sign of success.
Yet Fiorina has nimbly turned what should disqualify her from ever holding elected office into the raison d’être of her candidacy. Her ability to make lemonade without lemons is admirable, but after the way she flamed out before she cashed out in the business sector it’s clear Fiorina has no business in the public sector.
She failed as a CEO, failed as a candidate for the Senate and she will fail again.
I’d also suggest Fiorina back up off the Botox before her face permanently freezes in place.