@MJosephSheppard → History Of Carly Fiorina’s Disastrous Interference in 2008 Campaign
The Daily Mail (US version) has a major feature article up on Carly Fiorina’s presidential candidacy announcement. they use it as, yet again, another excuse to bash Governor Palin. Since Palin isn’t running or may not run there seems little logic in this except for the usual tawdry logic of page clicks for the mail and book sales for Fiorina.
This is the headline:
John McCain lost White House race because Sarah Palin didn’t take MY advice on the economy, says Carly Fiorina – and she’s still not even met me, reveals new Republican hopeful
Firstly the leftist meme that “Palin cost McCain the election” is utterly dismantled by a series of academic studies which categorically prove it was the financial meltdown which caused McCain’s loss (as common sense would dictate) for example:
“The Unexpected Wall Street Meltdown Election” Destroyed McCain’s Chances After Palin Put Him In Lead.
Secondly, Fiorina is now dead to many who were until now, giving her the benefit of the doubt and a chance to make her case but “like Fredo Corleone she is dead to me” one wrote. Palin endorsed Fiorina in her senate campaign against Boxer (which she lost by ten points) a typical example of Governor Palin putting her endorsement percentage on the line in the interest of the party.
That being the case one would have expected, if Fiorina was genuinely serious about her presidential run that the best step would have been to say nothing about Palin or something totally positive. But to imply that if only Palin had listened to her and returned her calls her sage advice would have made a difference is just the worst sort of politics.”But she writes: ‘I never did get the chance to fulfill Senator McCain’s request to brief her on the economic challenges facing the country, although I made numerous requests to meet with her during the campaign.”
If Fiorina thinks by hitting Palin she will become Jeb’s VP and the Establishment will love her well good luck with that strategy -it is far more likely that if a woman is deemed necessary as VP that Governor Martinez would get the nod, but if it is Jeb/Fiorina the number of conservatives who stay at home in 2016 will dwarf 2012 and could be the final nail in the GOP’s coffin.
Here is the history of Fiorina’s disastrous influence on the 2008 campaign-how, after that effort she could think she could get the nomination is a mystery but after all it is probably about profile building, book sales and the fond hope that she will be chosen as VP. Where principles, loyalty comes into that scenario escapes me.
Top McCain-Palin official Carly Fiorina is facing criticism from some within the campaign for a day of what they call “very Biden-like” comments, after the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told two separate interviewers that neither member of the Republican ticket would be capable of running a company.
Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden is noted for his off-the-cuff gaffes.
Asked by a St. Louis radio station whether she thought Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin could run a company like Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina responded: “No, I don’t.
“But that’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things.”
Asked about that remark on MSNBC, she made the same unprompted assessment of the GOP presidential nominee. “I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation.”
She also said she did not believe Democrats Barack Obama or Joe Biden had the right business background either.
But with the economy center stage in the campaign, the words that gave Democrats easy fodder to attack the Republican ticket.
A top McCain official contacted by CNN said, on condition on anonymity, “No big deal, but not how you get on the surrogate all-star team. Very Biden-like.”
“This campaign source said Fiorina would be discouraged from additional media interviews.
Another top campaign adviser was far less diplomatic.
“Carly will now disappear,” this source said. “Senator McCain was furious.” Asked to define “disappear,” this source said, adding that she would be off TV for a while – but remain at the Republican National Committee and keep her role as head of the party’s joint fundraising committee with the McCain campaign.
Fiorina was booked for several TV interviews over the next few days, including one on CNN. Those interviews have been canceled.
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.