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Carly Fiorina Rocks The View

Carly Fiorina Rocks The View

“I think this election’s gonna be about leadership.”

This morning, presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina went were many Republicans fear to go, and even fewer venture in hopes of making strides with new demographics—the set of The View.

I think she may have gained ground. Judging from my own experiences and conversations, I’m comfortable with saying that even conservative women like the idea of a woman running for president. It has nothing to do with post-modern feminism, or promoting candidates based on gender, or secret man-hate—it’s about not feeling the need to act the contrarian over actual progress.

If she did make strides during this interview, she earned them. Out of the gate, the hosts wanted to know about her lack of political experience, and she gave a great answer:

“I understand how the economy works, I understand how the world works, I understand how bureaucracies work, which is what our government’s become, I understand technology, which is kind of important now, and I understand leadership. I think this election’s gonna be about leadership.”

Watch the rest (h/t Tom Szold, National Political Director of Carly for America:

I’m guilty of having already taken my first mini-break from Republican primary politics, so I haven’t taken a very close look at Fiorina or what her campaign has been pumping out. That being said, I think she did a fantastic job. This interview made me want to learn more about her.

At around the 3:40 mark, the lovely ladies steered the conversation toward the problem of Fox and CNN using polling data to decide which candidates will be allowed to participate in the initial debates. It didn’t feel like a malicious question, but it did put her in a vulnerable position. This would have been a perfect opportunity for Fiorina to knock Fox, or white male presidential candidates, or the polling system in general, but she didn’t do it. Instead, she dropped a “started from the bottom now I’m here” nugget, and looked confident when she said, “I’m kind of used to being underestimated, so I’m sort of assuming I might make it to those first [debates].”

She’s here to work, ladies—just like you.

Of course, they also covered Hillary Clinton’s candidacy (Fiorina believes she’ll be the nominee) and feminism, which could have turned into a complete fiasco—but it didn’t. She ended up making a great point about the politicization of feminism, and gender, and recovered the conversation by stating that “I believe that a feminist is any woman who lives the life she chooses.”

…and then they moved on to abortion and they all started to argue with her, because this is The View and if we don’t argue about abortion, we spontaneously combust.

Interviews like this are important. Whether you enjoy watching The View or not, it’s important to recognize (as I’ve said before, multiple times) that not every piece of messaging and promotion created by a campaign was created for you. If the idea of listening to Whoopi Goldberg talk about politics makes you want to light your hair on fire, this interview was not for you. It was for viewers who may be liberal, but who will also sit up and take notice when this unicorn of a human being—successful Republican businesswoman and presidential candidate—is on the screen.

She made us look good, and hopefully captured the attention of voters she wouldn’t normally have the chance to talk to—which is, of course, the point of all of this.


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Henry Hawkins | June 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

“Whether you enjoy watching The View or not, it’s important to recognize (as I’ve said before, multiple times) that not every piece of messaging and promotion created by a campaign was created for you.”

Yes. It wasn’t news to us the first time, so maybe quit repeating it ad nauseum?

“I haven’t taken a very close look at Fiorina or what her campaign has been pumping out.”

Well, that’s no reason not to post anyway.

I like her. She fights.

Walker-Fiorina or Fiorina-Walker. Either works.

mumzieistired | June 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I could – happily – vote for her to lead this country.

She will flatten Hillary in any kind of debate.

    Estragon in reply to faboutlaws. | June 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Hillary would have the edge in Sumo wrestling, and is a leading expert at mud-slinging. But the longer the answers are allowed to be in a debate, the more she shows her ignorance and the more Fiorina would shine. Hillary will be lobbying for true-or-false questions only.

Here’s hoping the Nicolle Wallace Seal of Approval is not the highlight of her life.

I really like this woman, named Carly.

Do mothers really wish good fortune for their daughters, but not their sons? There is a time and place for recognizing gender.

What a ray-ciss panel…

I don’t get tired of listening to her, and I have contributed to her campaign. We need her voice.

Funny but that’s exactly what Trump said – this country needs a real leader. I couldn’t agree more.

MouseTheLuckyDog | June 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

As a female commentator, ala George IWll or Brit Hume, I think she will excel. As a budget director or secretary of state ditto. As VP, well sure.

As president:

This is the lady who helped sink Lucent. Keep it mind what Lucent does. It literally is the key element of the internet. Now my internet is dated, but as I understand it much of the internet is still being handled by 4ESS and 5ESS switches, Lucent was taken over by a French company, so now a French company is building the key component of the internet.

She then went on to set HP on a death spiral it still has not recovered from.

    inspectorudy in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | June 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    You are wrong. She went to HP when it was in a death spiral and fired a bunch of employees to right the company. This was during the dot com crash and many other companies were in trouble and didn’t survive. The board took offense at her methods and fired her. She also acquired Compaq and although it wasn’t great at the time it turned out to be great in the long run for HP. The mere fact that she has run a large corporation and achieved many things in her life and obviously is bright and articulate makes her more than a match for any one running this time.

      But has she ever been a Community Organizer? Or studied The Constitution for the sole purpose of learning how to tear it down?

      MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to inspectorudy. | June 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      She went to HP when it was in a death spiral and fired a bunch of employees to right the company.
      Bullshit. I was watching at the time. Not only was HP fairly well situated, but many considered them the company to buy from if you could afford it.

      As for firing a bunch of employees. I don’t know. What bothered me is her declaring the tech-boom is over and shutting down research departments. Right. Because that is the epitome of high-tech now. Desktop computers and printers. The fact is that HP was in a good position, decent desktop market, decent server market, the premier printer make. They were poised to make big advances and they blew them.

      This was during the dot com crash and many other companies were in trouble and didn’t survive.
      So. A Wall Street ignoramus ( by that I mean the same thing as a sports fan meaning “out of town stupid”. ) HP is not a dotcom, HP is and was a hardware company. With the death of dotcoms, HP did suffer a reduction in demand, bur it’s not something that should be a major problem for a company like HP, Just belt tightening times that they have to ride through. They still had plenty of business and they still had plenty of opportunities.

      BTW the bursting of the dotcom bubble finished and was recovered from in 2000. What’s her excuse for 2000-2005?

      The board took offense at her methods and fired her.
      The board toook offense at her crappy performance and gave her a choice resign or be fired.
      She also acquired Compaq and although it wasn’t great at the time it turned out to be great in the long run for HP.
      No it’s been a disaster since the merger. HP’s computers all resemble Compaq’s now. Just before the merger, Compaq was considered the second worst computer manufacturer behind Packard-Bell. Seems like HP acquired all of Compaq’s bad habits.

      BTW the reason for the merger. To save her job. You don’t fire a CEO in the middle of a merger.

      Estragon in reply to inspectorudy. | June 16, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      There is an irrational cult of Carly-haters out there from the old guard at HP, most originally had some connection with the Packard family.

Henry Hawkins | June 16, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Y’all need to get past the accolades for talking tough and check out her policies. They’re a wee bit big government sounding.

Of course, if talking tough is all it takes, no need to familiarize oneself with her policies.

    nicklevi86 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    No one’s making endorsements yet. The point is she’s not only aiming at our *enemies* first but she’s pulling the trigger; something sadly lacking in much of the GOP. I don’t see Christie or JEB!™ with those priorities.

    inspectorudy in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t get it. You go to the trouble to post a comment that says absolutely nothing of substance. If you know of these troubling views then spit them out. That is the American way but the way you speak is like the Demorats. They speak in innuendos and rumors. They can’t back any of their accusations up so they just throw stuff out with no concern for the truth. The Demorat party’s motto is “It’s better to apologize after the fact, (Although they never do), than to ask permission before the fact”.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to inspectorudy. | June 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Fiorina supports Obama’s Dream Act. Fiorina supports Obama’s Race To The Top federalzed education. Fiorina supports AGW, says that it’s real and man-caused.

      Do you support all these things, too? Or is it possible you too have no idea what Fiorina’s policies are, like our author here?

      The overarching problem that I’m driving at is that this writer and at least one other LI writer, plus a growing number of LI commenters, are placing style over substance. It matters less what a candidate believes, but how they talk, use soial media, and the like.

      What conservative places style over substance?

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Remember when conservatives went ga-ga over Chris Christie when he talked tough to NJ state employees/union members? How we just knew that anyone who talked so tough must be a conservative? Christie for president!

        MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 16, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        What conservative places style over substance?

        it would be nice if more conservatives had better style, but not at the cost of substance.

        Midwest Rhino in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

        I admire Carly for taking it to Hillary, and sadly men will have more trouble doing that. That’s why I like her for VP, as the traditional role of VP is to be the “attack dog”. She’s defeated cancer and been a CEO, I don’t think she’ll cry, and she’s handled tough questions already.

        I’ll care more about her actual policies if she becomes a “real” contender. For now her appearances like this one with The View are very helpful, as the MSM is where much of the final election battle will be fought, and Carly is establishing a strong presence.

        Hillary says “wouldn’t you really like a woman president?”

        Carly can say “wouldn’t you really like a woman VP, rather than a corrupt old treacherous Clinton from Yesterday?”

        Or something like that …

      Radegunda in reply to inspectorudy. | June 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Sorry, but Henry’s brief comment does have substance. A detailed list of particulars is not always required. He gave you enough direction to go find the particulars yourself; indeed, the point of his comment was that you should be doing just that.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Radegunda. | June 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

        This doesn’t quite rank with when Anchovy said I was a classy commenter, but I sincerely thank you for your objectivity and your comment.

Did anyone else get the impression that Whoopi’s “Really!?” moment was due to and directed at off-stage producers prompting her to ask the religion/abortion question, which Whoopi wasn’t really interested in asking?

It isn’t about gender or race identity. It should be about intelligence, intent, and of course competence to get the job done.

    Radegunda in reply to LEEJAN. | June 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    And don’t forget policy. (Nod to Henry H. here.) What precisely is the “job” that she aims to “get done”?

Some CF background videos:
CF on her mgmt at HP
What CF on her day in SC when HRC was also there:
one of CF many talks on leadership (her paid talks were recorded and put on the net unlike HRC)

I hope she becomes at least the VP. She’s got smarts and moxy.

At least Carly Fiorina is actually out there taking on lefty media questions without hesitation – bringing the fight to them with messages of leadership, hard work and conservative principles.

Where are the squishy Rs – or grandma Shrillary? Are they going into the lefty viper pits answering rapid fire tough questions?

I see R “favorites” wanting to make squishy deals to give O more power. What the heck was up with the pro TPP shite position Cruz took? Highly disappointed with him.

Rubio is too big gubmit for me, but his voice drowns out Shrillary.

We need Carly’s voice. I’ve vote Carly over Shrillary.

Captain Keogh | June 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Like Trump and Carson she is a pure vanity candidate with zero qualifications to be president. By the way winning debates guarantees squat and just ask President Romney who creamed Obama on October 3, 2012.