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Fiorina’s Questionable Past

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Carly Fiorina is bathing in the adulation of her fans now, in light of an impressive performance in the second Republican Presidential debate. But we should expect her improved position in the polls to be short-lived if the realities of her past trickle down to the voters.

Indeed, Carly will find her time in the spotlight short, and she will be just one more individual holding the role of main challenger to Donald Trump, who will remain at the top through the Republican convention.

Fiorina stakes her reputation on her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a disastrous stint with any fair reading of the economic indicators. While some statistics are positive, these invariably result from the increased volume of business after the merger with Compaq. Fiorina’s attempt to explain the decline of the company’s share price — it plummeted 40 percent — rely on her depiction of the dot.com crisis, but she fails to mention that her competitors in the technology industry fared much better.

At the end, she was viciously fired from her position; she wasn’t just let go; she was expelled. And in retribution, she took a golden parachute of compensation including a massive pension arrangement. In fact, Carly seems to rely on each failure to climb to a new level of ineptitude. What makes her think that losing a race for the Senate qualifies her to run for President? A more humble approach would involve running for a lesser office, not a greater one.

Indeed, Carly will find her time in the spotlight short, and she will be just one more individual holding the role of main challenger to Donald Trump, who will remain at the top through the Republican convention.

Carly Fiorina in Debate

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Carly Fiorina won. Not the general election or even a Primary. But she will be moving to the big boys table for the next debate on CNN.

Ms. Fiorina was proud about her performance in the first debate on Fox, but the rules for participation in the second one did not adequately weigh her subsequent rise in the polls. So she whipped up her followers and presented a petition to CNN to change the rules.

Ms. Fiorina was proud about her performance in the first debate on Fox, but the rules for participation in the second one did not adequately weigh her subsequent rise in the polls.

Yesterday, they agreed to do so. I’m not sure if this will result in 11 people participating instead of 10, or maybe all 17. Once you get past five or six, it really doesn’t make that much difference.

And it’s not as if they all have different positions on the issues either. They are all striving to get to the right of Donald Trump on immigration and other issues as well. The result is a pandering to the electorate that is slightly distasteful to watch.

Only Donald Trump possesses any originality of thought, and he might end up being penalized because of it. Jeb Bush has released a negative ad “exposing” Trump for his original views and some thoughts he held prior to becoming a Republican. One hopes this rather obvious ploy ends like other attempts to sully Trump, hurting the messenger instead of the target.