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CA-Sen: Fiorina's in


Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (AP Photo/Claude Paris)


Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) ended months of speculation today by formally announcing her candidacy for Senate in California, a bid that was once touted by national Republicans but has run into structural problems before it even began.

"Throughout my career I've brought people together, and I've solved problems," wrote Fiorina in an editorial in the Orange County Register today. "And that is what is needed in our government today. People who are willing to set aside ego and partisanship and instead work to develop solutions to our problems."

On paper, Fiorina gives Republicans their most serious candidate against Sen. Barbara Boxer since 1998 when then state Treasurer Matt Fong (R) held the Democratic incumbent to 53 percent.

As a successful businesswoman, Fiorina presents a significant contrast to Boxer who has been in elected office in California since 1976. And, Fiorina's personal wealth means that she can fight Boxer dollar for dollar in a state where money (and the television ads it buys) is absolutely critical. Fiorina does start far behind Boxer in the money chase, however, as the Democrat showed more than $6 million on hand at the end of September.

But, races aren't run on paper and Fiorina has a number of issues that make this race problematic for Republicans.

First and foremost, Fiorina has a primary challenge from her ideological right in the form of state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. While DeVore won't have the money or the name recognition of Fiorina, he has two things she lacks: a political base of support and solid conservative credentials. As evidence, DeVore scored the endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R), a rising star in the conservative movement, today; "Chuck DeVore is a proven, tested conservative who is gaining momentum," said DeMint in a statement.

Even if Fiorina survives the primary, there are a number of issues that Boxer and Senate Democrats will move to expose. Among them: Fiorina's sketchy voting record as a private citizen and her turbulent time at the head of HP.

There is also the issue of how much Fiorina is actually worth and whether she will spend a significant chunk of that money in a general election fight against Boxer. Fiorina, as many self-funders are, has been cagey about just how much she will put into her campaign but has made clear through a spokesperson she is "not going to write big checks for her campaign like Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner" -- two of the party's candidates for governor in 2010.

One California Republican strategist acknowledged that Fiorina "has a long way to go" in terms of viability but quickly added that her profile, her personal wealth (assuming she spends some of it) and Boxer's controversial persona means that the Republican will likely stay within shouting distance of the incumbent through next summer and fall.

"I think there's a good chance she'll prove to be acceptable to voters if they are in the mood for a 'referendum' on Boxer," said the GOP source.

California is not today and likely never will be a top-tier pickup opportunity. But, assuming Fiorina has ironed out the problems that plagued the run-up to her campaign, she gives Republicans a credible candidate in a blue state.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2009; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Liberal states are a lot more likely to vote on the quality of the candidate despite party affiliation. Witness Governor Romney.

But Fiorina faces must steeper challenges than running as a Republican in a DemocratIC state. She has a lousy career history and has said a few really abhorrent things about Americans and work. Championing sending jobs out of the country is just loathsome and she has plenty of statements that aren't going to be very endearing when played over and over in campaign ads.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Fiorina's failed stewardship of Hewlett-Packard is sure to be a big issue in the Republican Primary and an even bigger issue if she winds up facing Boxer in the General election. She displayed gross incompetence in that job, and also displayed a distinct tendency toward foot-in-mouth-disease when serving as an economic adviser to the McCain for President campaign last year. Not ready for prime time.

Add to that the fact that California ranks as one of the ten most Democratic states in the Union and you have the fact that Republicans face an extreme uphill battle regardless of who is nominated.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 5, 2009 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey don't post links from National Review or the WSJ editorial page. These are not credible sources.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

They just raised taxes on the people of California by 10% to close their budget gap

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What would you have them do, dimmy? Close all the schools and shut down the roads?

Borrow billions from China?

I bet you think they could increase state revenue better by CUTTING taxes.

Given the turbo-charged idiocy you've displayed today that would not be at all surprising.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

God it's so easy to hoodwink these GOP types. All anyone needs to do is show up in business drag and the goopers fall to their knees with heads tilted back and mouths open. Never mind that the executive they're fawning over was a complete failure, or spent a career breaking up companies and sending jobs overseas.

Who cares if Carly presided over HP's decline? She was a corporate executive! A CEO! Her feces is fragrant, she has magical powers, she's quasi-divine.

And Mitt Romney!!! Wow!!!

It's like superhero comics for adults.

Chronologically speaking.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 5, 2009 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Washington13 | November 5, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

They just raised taxes on the people of California by 10% to close their budget gap

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-state-tax31-2009oct31,0,2028140.story.

No one is invincible with a state acting this stupid.

Posted by: Washington13 | November 5, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey cricket if you want the Republican readers to get this point you need to use much smaller words. And even then they'll proabably find it completely incomprehensible.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

That sow can go to hell.

Posted by: dlkimura | November 4, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The last thing the country needs is a Senator that advocates sending jobs overseas. During Carly's tenure at HP, she stated that Americans aren't guaranteed a job, while simultaneously, sending jobs overseas. Aren't there any qualified women that support American workers in California? Unemployment continues to be high because of what corporate America is doing - offshoring jobs to India and China, something that Carly supports. Corporate executive experience does not translate into a successful politician.

Posted by: cricket35 | November 4, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

She'll have to spend her money on food to draw a crowd for primary night festivities. The rightwing nutjobs will go to DeMint's pick, and then they will desert their pick on election night just like they did to Hoffman (his 50 people there for his concession speech -- where were Sarah, Rush & Beck last night?) Bottom line: Boxer wins.

Posted by: isthisajoke | November 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now: Boxer vs. Botoxer

Posted by: jimk8mr | November 4, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

ctw46. you must be deaf,dumb and blind

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o/~ he's in a quiet vibration-land ... sickness will surely take the mind where minds can't usually go o/~

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

ctw46. you must be deaf,dumb and blind

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | November 4, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break after she nearly destroyed HP and she want's people to send her to the senate.talk about gall

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | November 4, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Fiorina for making her announcement today with her hair shaved, because of the chemo therapy. I wouldn't vote for her as her politics stink, but in the visual world we have today for a politician to show anything but a picture perfect appearance is gutsy.

Posted by: merrylees | November 4, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

drindl wrote:

This woman is so far to the right she doesn't have a chance against Boxer.

Successful businesswoman? Successful at running businesses into the ground and then picking up golden parachutes for it.

A prime job outsourcer too -- something californians really hate.

"Her solution to HP's ailments was controversial: buying Compaq. She pushed the $19 billion acquisition over the opposition of many HP stockholders, including, most notably, Walter Hewlett, the son of the company's founder, who argued the merger would not make HP more competitive.

At HP, Fiorina developed the reputation of a manager who knocked heads together—or who chopped them off. There were massive layoffs during her tenure. In 2003, the company announced it would dismiss almost 18,000 people. (That year, the firm posted a $903 million loss on $56.6 billion in revenue.)

When the outsourcing of jobs turned into a national political issue, Fiorina became the poster-girl for an industry campaign aimed at blocking any legislation that would restrict a company's ability to can American employees in favor of workers overseas.

At a Washington press conference, Fiorina said, "There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore."

___________________

A nice summary of Fiorina's talents and leanings that's worth repeating. Will she bring as many jobs to California as she lost at HP? Will she lose millions or billions of dollars this time? She got a $100 million golden parachute when fired from HP. How much of California will she want after doing the same to that state?

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | November 4, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Business is different than politics. In business, when you get caught wiretapping your enemies, you're fired. In politics, you join the Republican Party and insist that you're protecting America.

How did Ahnold work out for you California star-struck Republicans?

Posted by: thebobbob | November 4, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Can she make it rain? Seriously, what do you think will bring more water into the valley?

No golf? Grow the desert? No birds and no fish? What trade offs are worth it? Everybody is for jobs, but California's water supply problem is probably a bit beyond this lady with the two clenched fists.

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Well gosh if we just get the government out of the way of entrepreneurs why market forces will solve the problem! The pry-vit secter can do anything! Market forces! Market forces! SQURAWK!!!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"A vote for Carly will be a vote for increasing jobs for all."

Can she make it rain? Seriously, what do you think will bring more water into the valley?

No golf? Grow the desert? No birds and no fish? What trade offs are worth it? Everybody is for jobs, but California's water supply problem is probably a bit beyond this lady with the two clenched fists.

The world is all ears on the water issue...just waiting for answers.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 4, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If you put your hand up under her shirt up in back...there are two levers there you can use to make those fists throw a jab.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 4, 2009 3:41 PM

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Worth a repost!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"I have plenty of Latino friends, they're good people and I like their influence on my country."

Me too. That Mendez and Longoria are lookers!

Posted by: leapin | November 4, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The current administration in Washington D.C. plays the radical and dangerous game of ... weak defense policies

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That was the previous administration, the one that squandered our readiness on vanity wars with no justification.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It's exciting for me having lived with my family in the Bakersfield area to consider the candidacy of a bright, tough, compassionate leader, Carly Fiorina. The great San Joaquin valley has been held hostage by water regulations that make little if any sense. Many of my friends in the Fresno area are experiencing forty percent unemployment and loss of jobs.

The current administration in Washington D.C. plays the radical and dangerous game of setting wrong priorities. Health care, cap and trade, weak defense policies, all serve to keep our eye off the ball. The problem which is being ignored in Washington by the administration and Senators like Barbara Boxer is the dismal economy and a lack of effort to restore or create jobs. Month after month we hear on network news the recitation of more job loss numbers.

California needs someone who is a person of action with a plan for economic growth. Carly Fiorina thinks outside the box and Californians will learn quickly that she will bring jobs and economic growth to this great state in weeks not years. It is great news for my wife Mary Beth, myself and our California friends to have the possibility of this incredible woman of action available for political service. She will once again put California on the map as a place of progress, jobs, and compassion for others. A vote for Carly will be a vote for increasing jobs for all.

Posted by: ctw46 | November 4, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the GOP has a new leader: Leapin

Hillary is the typical hefty leftwingnut skank. No wonder lefttwingnut men can't stop jerking their gherkins to Hillary, she actually looks like a real man (a positive feature with the gay wing).
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This pretty much sums up the intellectual total of
the GOP today.

Good luck with that

-----but substitute Palin for Hilliary and you become a neocom psuedo-intellectual icon

Posted by: leapin | November 4, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

And why don't YOU do your state and country a favor and stay home on election day, you breathless “you’re a racist if you disagree with me” elitist

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Dodge. Disagreement has nothing to do with it. Whining about Spanish-speaking people in California is racist swinery and I will continue to call it that.

I have plenty of Latino friends, they're good people and I like their influence on my country. If you don't then go suck a tailpipe.

As for voting, sorry but not really, I vote in every election from the big semi-semiannual puppet show down to the smallest municipal primary. Don't like it? See above re: tailpipe.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

“Why don't you do your state and country a favor and stay home on election day, you drooling swinish bigot'

And why don't YOU do your state and country a favor and stay home on election day, you breathless “you’re a racist if you disagree with me” elitist

Posted by: leapin | November 4, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

....

I think the GOP has a new leader: Leapin

Hillary is the typical hefty leftwingnut skank. No wonder lefttwingnut men can't stop jerking their gherkins to Hillary, she actually looks like a real man (a positive feature with the gay wing).
---------

This pretty much sums up the intellectual total of
the GOP today.

Good luck with that.

........

Posted by: printthis | November 4, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

It's in the neocom manifesto that you must give up your language, borders, culture,

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heh heh heh spoken by a guy so stupid that he feels emasculated when he hears people speaking Spanish, which he's too stupid to learn.

I speak four languages and I like living in a diverse society.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"It doesn't even matter who gets elected. California has already been annexed by Mexico"

Pretty true. Although you will be called a "racist" by our neocom statist friends. It's in the neocom manifesto that you must give up your language, borders, culture, and income to anyone who wants to enter your country legally or illegally.

Posted by: leapin | November 4, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is the typical hefty leftwingnut skank. No wonder lefttwingnut men can't stop jerking their gherkins to Hillary, she actually looks like a real man (a positive feature with the gay wing).

Posted by: leapin | November 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess she just didn't fail completely enough at Compaq. Now she wants to move in to politics to fail there. Too bad she moved beyond her level of competence which stopped at "Office Manager."

Posted by: ian807 | November 4, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't even matter who gets elected. California has already been annexed by Mexico

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Why don't you do your state and country a favor and stay home on election day, you drooling swinish bigot

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Spend what she will, Carly Fiorina is a dead letter. We've already got a pair of Bay Area socialite prima donnas who backroom-dealed their way into the Senate, so why bother replacing one with a clone? Better the devil you know than the devil you don't, and after all these years, Babs & Di are 100% predictable. (I've never voted for either of them, and I won't again next year.)

It doesn't even matter who gets elected. California has already been annexed by Mexico; all that's left is the paperwork. I wish the other 49 states would boot us out of the Union so we could get on with our inevitable civil war.

Posted by: Pauli9 | November 4, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats can only pray she is the oppostion. Her abrasive personality, which is acceptable in business if you deliver results, will play as nasty and confrontational on the campaign trial and she is known for sticking her foot in her mouth consistently.

Unlike Meg Whitman who was a success both as a business leader and a person, Carly has failed upwards her entire career.

Posted by: bobfbell | November 4, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"What a loser. She is a bonified failure in businees that now wants to help finish off the State of California. This lady almost destroyed Hewlett Packard. Please outsource her."

All true. I particularly like the spelling of bona fide. Bonified is perfect because Fiorina is the typical skinny rightwingnut skank. No wonder rightwingnut men can't stop jerking their gherkins to Sarah Palin, she actually looks like a real woman (her only positive feature).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

snowbama: your comments are very juvenile and I would venture a guess that you are under-age

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He's an inmate in a mental hospital. Not joking.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Obimbo is just about as opposite as you could get to the Midas man. everything he touches turns to failure.
Posted by: snowbama | "
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The midas man fixes mufflers and brakes, KING MIDAS was the one who turned everything he touched to gold.

Genius.

And It's PRESIDENT OBAMA to you.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What a loser. She is a bonified failure in businees that now wants to help finish off the State of California. This lady almost destroyed Hewlett Packard. Please outsource her.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | November 4, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Fiorina came close to putting Hewlett Packard in its grave. She ahs not participated in governing by voting in elections--too much bother. And despite the mantra of east coast Republicans, Barbara Boxer is very popular in California. Carly has a very steep hill to climb.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | November 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

She looks like the typical Republitard skank. Good at failure, in a Bush sort of way.

Perfect representative for the Party of Losers.

Posted by: captainkona | November 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Washington - President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan. Trouble is, only 508 people work there. (Snip) Instead, that figure includes more than 9,300 existing employees in hundreds of local agencies who received pay raises and benefits and whose jobs weren't saved.

Lib accounting on display. Obimbo is getting more desperate by the day. how about a single actual success to crow about?

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

snowbama: your comments are very juvenile and I would venture a guess that you are under-age and your parents haven't put on the child protect locks on the computer. Go play with your video games little one and let the adults continue their discussion.

Posted by: skolniks | November 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, rules don’t apply to zealots-with-gavels convinced they were put on this planet to secure its salvation. Lacking a single occupied Republican seat in the room, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has nonetheless moved markup of the climate bill she cosponsors ahead for a second straight day. And in doing so, the ever-arrogant eco-crusader appears to be walking a thin green legal line.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see more women in positions such as Governor and Senator, but Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, both good old boys in drag, are not the women I would like to see in those positions. We've had enough of CEO's like Bush screwing things up - enough is enough!

Posted by: skolniks | November 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

She's more qualified than Obama.

Posted by: maxtel1910


so is my parrot. And he is pretty good at chanting once trained. In fact he sounds just like a liberal often simply screeching:

Baaarrraaaccckkkkk!

I am sure he is smarter than most liberals though.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This ought to be fun. Fiorina ran almost as many businesses into the gutter during her "career" as George W Bush did.

Posted by: wilder5121 | November 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

She won't need to run against Boxer. Running against Obama will be enough. He'll still be screwing up healthcare as unemployment climbs above 10% (Good news as far as Obamanistas are concerned as it creates more demand for the "public option").

From reading all these comments, I think she should just run for president. She's more qualified than Obama.

Posted by: maxtel1910 | November 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

the idiot is determined to kill off this thread too.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"And that is what is needed in our government today. People who are willing to set aside ego and partisanship and instead work to develop solutions to our problems."

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sez the woman whose ego compels her to run for an office she's entirely unsuited for.

Isn't it about time to unlearn this dumb reverence for corporate execs?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If you put your hand up under her shirt up in back...there are two levers there you can use to make those fists throw a jab.

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(*guffaw*)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

HP was a pretty healthy company before Carly became the CEO. I guess people who fail in the private sector go to work for the government?

Posted by: bradcpa | November 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

huh huh huh "libs" huh huh huh

idiot

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

California is a thoroughly blue state with a huge minority population

you mean like NJ???

the perils of Lib governance is the point. voters are done with tax and spend and spend some more. each state experiment is telling if you open your eyes.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The most common deals under the government's $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program, aimed at putting more fuel-efficient cars on the road, replaced old Ford or Chevrolet pickups with new ones

this is what Libs do when they get a bright idea. this was supposed to bolster enviro loons, juice up the car industry (with a popped balloon the following month) and give some dough to poor car buyers (we paid 29K for 5K cars).

Imagine what those geniuses will do for "Free" health care.

Obimbo is just about as opposite as you could get to the Midas man. everything he touches turns to failure.

the line for campaigning with Barry is all clear - no waiting.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of Mr. Fix just plugging in Conventional Wisdom (Republican women automatically have a shot) with lettle regard to reality. California is a thoroughly blue state with a huge minority population. Fiorina has baggage, she was a lousy campaigner for McCain and Boxer enjoys every benefit of incumbency. Boxer will not receive less than 55% in the general.

Posted by: jbentley4 | November 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

this person will certainly twist the boxer shorts. go carly

Posted by: pofinpa | November 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

If you put your hand up under her shirt up in back...there are two levers there you can use to make those fists throw a jab.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Corporate Deification and Deities continue to trump the needs and aims of the Constitution and the liberties of its individual citizenship.

Posted by: Spectator | November 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Another poster, known for his pederast predilictions, is still threatened daily with unemployment since his job could be accomplished by half of a real code writer. but moving to India is not an option as he would be immediately jailed. But, he offers business advice as if he was actually successful at anything but tasteless insults.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Boxer has been an elected Senator since 1992 and Fiorina hasn’t voted with any regularity, had a turbulent history at HP and there are questions about her foundation and charitable organization not being registered yet Boxer is “controversial”. Strange to whom you decided the word “controversial” applied.

Posted by: rlj1 | November 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Boxer is a blooter and supports the cap and trade bill that will tax us to death.

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Yeah it's much more desirable to have Arizona on the west coast than to have to pay some of "your money" in additional taxes.

Damned idiot.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

She has my vote and financial support. What has Boxer done for California? Boxer is a blooter and supports the cap and trade bill that will tax us to death. Her ego, and insults to the military are embarrassing. Special interests lined her pockets. We need jobs...Florina ran a business and learned how to live within a budget. Forget the party bickering. Taxes and the unsustainable spending must stop. Use common sense...Vote for Carly.

Posted by: MOMLEE | November 4, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Please don't echo snowbama posts otherwise I'll end up PgUpping past yours too.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

I urge everyone to hop over to a real successful businesswoman's enterprise.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 3:03 PM

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you shake that stick, little monkey, and shake it hard

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This is great. I hope Fiona runs and is the Republican choice. Fiona would guarantee that Boxer and Feinstein keep their positions (as they always do). I hope Fiona goes for it and I hope a lot of money will be spent by Fiona and her backers. Fiona doesn't have any experience and certainly no skills with politics. Political intelligence is needed and this woman blows it over and over. Fiona didn't even vote during most of her adult life. After her unhappy time at HP, she's just looking for a home. So so skills at running a corporation has nothing to do with a senate position. You need far more political depth.

In the end Boxer and Feinstein will keep their seats (as always).

The senate run isn't the interesting run. The governorship will be interesting.

Posted by: lucy2008 | November 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Please don't echo snowbama posts otherwise I'll end up PgUpping past yours too.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

I urge everyone to hop over to a real successful businesswoman's enterprise.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 3:03 PM

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I urge everyone to hop over to a real successful businesswoman's enterprise.

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hahahahahahaha

you belong where you are

hahahahahahah

what a chump

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I urge everyone to hop over to a real successful businesswoman's enterprise.

take a look a the blog of the barking moonbat claudia long. this person deems herself qualified to give advice on how a business should be run, despite the lack of a single visitor in years. the juvenile antics of the Bush as chimp meme clearly indicates the arrested maturity and limited cognitive ability.

but nevertheless, this is the type of person offering her valuable opinion on the Fix. you have already paid her her worth.

Another poster, known for his pederast predilictions, is still threatened daily with unemployment since his job could be accomplished by half of a real code writer. but moving to India is not an option as he would be immediately jailed. But, he offers business advice as if he was actually successful at anything but tasteless insults.

this is the state of modern liberalism. Isn't it great that no qualifications are required for blogging - or the presidency for that matter.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

the hopelessly unemployed and barking mad moonbat snowbama

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Come on drindl we all know he's a mental patient, he just posts the same mental crap over and over, even more repetitive than he who is now finally gone.

Please don't echo snowbama posts otherwise I'll end up PgUpping past yours too.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Happiness would be seeing Boxer leaving office taking Waxman with her. There is a hard pair to draw to.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | November 4, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

ADNova -- the left won't have to lay a finger on Fiorina. The rightwingers already have a hit on her.

Posted by: drindl | November 4, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it looks like the left has chosen the Palin strategy (kill her off quickly) vs. the Hillary Clinton approach (wear her out slowly). This is a sure sign that Fiorina must be a decent candidate.

She never got credit for the Compaq merger, only the scandal involving the nut job HP family members. Good for her. California may start looking a little purple after their 15 year one party experiment. Then again, it could just be a bruise.

Posted by: ADNova | November 4, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Bubble House
J.C. Arenas

Welcome to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the primary residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Today, the man who lives here is sportively enjoying the perks of the office, but shamefully refusing to deal with the scrutiny that comes along for the ride. In doing so, he's transformed the house at this illustrious address into a fortified shelter lost in its own fantasy, willfully ignorant to the reality of the outside world.

Welcome to the Bubble House.


When it's time to work, there's always room on the calendar here for Andy Stern, Jeffrey Immelt, and Kim Gandy. When it's time to play, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Wagyu beef are welcomed inside with open arms -- and tummies. But if you don't fit inside this president's utopia, no access pass for you!


That means if you're one of many who hit the streets earlier this year in opposition to his tax and spend policies, he was unaware of you. If you flocked to a town-hall meeting over the summer to speak out against his radical concept of health-care reform, he was dismissive towards you. And if you were a voter who finally had a chance on Tuesday night to give him an indication as to whether you wanted to keep handing the ball off to his supporters of "Hope and Change" or punt, he opted to watch the Chicago Bulls instead -- probably because he already knew what play you were running.


The Bubble House is only open to those who are devout members of Obama's choir -- people who see the world as he sees it. Collectively, they are the champions of the less fortunate, but are privileged enough to dine on $100 per pound red meat. They are the "mandated" reformers of our "flawed" society yet they have to disguise their message of change as improvement because its real meaning is destruction via radical transformation. They are advocators of honest debate, but what they really expect is universal agreement. That's why protestors, Fox News, and Tuesday's night elections aren't allowed inside. They all represent the forces of dissent and push back against the president's agenda and neither of those forces are welcomed into his world. But the goal here isn't to be a part of the club. Why should you trust him when you aren't confident in the path he aspires to lead your country down? Ultimately, you're left with two options: You can either continue to beat the team or you can resign and join it. If Tuesday night was any indication, I'd wager you're committed to this fight and your unrelenting efforts will help pop his bubble; then we can welcome Barack Obama to reality.


Yes we can

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh please -- this is precious, people. I'm going out to stock up on popcorn, it's too funny!

Carly Fiorina is the next RINO scalp, you see. The only R who ghost of a chance in Caleeforina.. and wingers want to take her down and push another Hoffman. Go for it, suicide bombers!

"A California Republican aiming to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) next year has gotten a boost from conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

DeMint announced last night his Senate Conservatives Fund was endorsing state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore over former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina. The group supports only "rock solid" conservatives, organizers told supporters on a conference call last night as election results came in.

DeVore "will work with me to shake things up," DeMint said, and "vote the right way ...
stand up in our conference meetings and say, 'Folks this is wrong let's turn this thing around.'"

He urged supporters to directly donate to the DeVore campaign."

Here's some pearls from Devore:

“We have nine billion barrels of oil off of the California Coast. One billion barrels of that oil is within three miles of the California coast. This is state oil. This oil does not belong to the federal government.”

Because coastal drilling is SO popular in CA!

“In addition to taxes and oil drilling, we must harness new technology, including the new media. We have to get on Facebook and Twitter, and talk to the bloggers."

Teehee! And be sure to get on the Interrubes too!

Posted by: drindl | November 4, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Your words, Chris:
"As a successful businesswoman, Fiorina"...

How does that square with Her resigning in disgrace, due to her spying scandal ??

Posted by: Aynsley | November 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo had a couple stories in recent weeks about Sen Boxer's efforts to craft a climate bill palatable to her committee members & the Senate. The Post was complimentary of her ability to bring parties together and build consensus. Meanwhile, Ms Fiorina is writing an op-ed to claim the same ability. Which will CA voters go for - the walk, or the talk?

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

why is fiorina still a credible public person? Her "success" at HP? Her knowledge of how to drink shots? I hope one of the Hewletts gets in the race just to debate her.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 4, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore."

Carly Fiorina.

There's your campaign ad, Dems. Just run this in her own voice, along with other clips of the clubfooted way she dismisses American workers and praises outsourcing.

Posted by: drindl | November 4, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

the hopelessly unemployed and barking mad moonbat snowbama

Posted by: drindl | November 4, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Fiorina's in? Boxer's in too -- for another six years.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 4, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Her accomplishments? Is wrecking a once great American company an accomplishment these days?

Posted by: caribis | November 4, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

So, Ms Mismanagement is running for Senator from California. One wonders about the GOP selection process. Nevermind, its like the selection of Ms Palin. Its all T & A.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 4, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Like he cares what voters think...

During the 10AM ET hour of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, fill-in co-host Martha Maccallum told viewers what President Obama watched on election night while Democrats suffered big losses in New Jersey and Virginia: “Robert Gibbs said, well, he was actually watching, you know, the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went.”

On Tuesday night the White House had worked to downplay the Democratic gubernatorial defeats by claiming the President did not watch the election returns. Apparently Gibbs thought it would look better if the commander in chief was watching a self-indulgent fawning documentary about himself. Interestingly, Obama apparently previewed the HBO special a few days earlier, as Gibbs himself explained to the blog Talking Points Memo: “White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama has already seen ‘By the People’...Gibbs told TPMDC Obama’s review: ‘Thumbs up!’”

On FNC, Maccallum noted: “...we know that Michelle and the girls went to the Miley Cyrus concert last night... So he’s all alone in that big house, right? Nothing to do but sit back and watch – reminisce about the long campaign and watch HBO and the special.” The HBO documentary, ‘By the People,’ debuted on Tuesday, in commemoration of the one year anniversary of Obama’s election.

Krazy Keith had the same idea. His show was about the world series. Election, what election?

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest....as bad of a job as she has done at HP, HP is currently still in better financial shape than the state of CA.

Posted by: dycinca | November 4, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore."

Posted by: drindl


the hopelessly unemployed and barking mad moonbat knows more about corporations and jobs than you do.

Posted by: snowbama | November 4, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Super rich people running for office may be the stimulus Cali needs, the massive spending and pointless job creation program the State itself can no longer afford.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 4, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

When Carly Fiorina said last year on the campaign trail for John McCain that he couldn't run a major corporation, she was speaking from experience -- because she couldn't either. The GOP's "credible" candidate was drummed out of HP by the Board of Directors, and HP stock lost over half of its value during her tenure.

Posted by: Axisofstupidity1 | November 4, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Insightful as usual--especially where you wrote 'credible candidate'. As with Meg Whitman, the primary challenge, the inexperience, and the fact that CA has had an unpopular and unsuccessful R. governor argue against success for either of the pair.

On the plus side, they're both formerly successful businesswomen (although Fiorina carries a lot of HP baggage and every owner of a faulty HP product will blame her), intelligent, and should have handlers who can tell them how to avoid 'Macaca moments'.

But will either listen? Fiorina's candour was her undoing as a McCain surrogate, and business execs have the handicap of issuing dictates which are passed on to underlings, rather than having back-and-forth discussions with relative equals--not a good trait when one needs first-rate communication skills to win with voters.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | November 4, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This woman is so far to the right she doesn't have a chance against Boxer.

Successful businesswoman? Successful at running businesses into the ground and then picking up golden parachutes for it.

A prime job outsourcer too -- something californians really hate.

"Her solution to HP's ailments was controversial: buying Compaq. She pushed the $19 billion acquisition over the opposition of many HP stockholders, including, most notably, Walter Hewlett, the son of the company's founder, who argued the merger would not make HP more competitive.

At HP, Fiorina developed the reputation of a manager who knocked heads together—or who chopped them off. There were massive layoffs during her tenure. In 2003, the company announced it would dismiss almost 18,000 people. (That year, the firm posted a $903 million loss on $56.6 billion in revenue.)

When the outsourcing of jobs turned into a national political issue, Fiorina became the poster-girl for an industry campaign aimed at blocking any legislation that would restrict a company's ability to can American employees in favor of workers overseas.

At a Washington press conference, Fiorina said, "There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore."

Posted by: drindl | November 4, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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