Carly Fiorina Both Repels and Enthralls Liberal Feminists

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Carly Fiorina Both Repels and Enthralls Liberal Feminists.

When the novelist Jennifer Weiner watched the second Republican presidential debate with her two daughters on Sept. 16, she felt a sense of pride at seeing the lone woman on stage, Carly Fiorina, hold her own against Donald J.The novice White House candidates have every reason to be pleased with their current standing, but they nevertheless find themselves at a crossroads, The Amateur Trio of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina – who, between them, have zero days of experience in public office – have done well enough in the cycle’s opening round to claim first-tier status.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has escaped injury when a backdrop of curtains collapsed on her as she appeared in San Antonio.If the Republicans wish to have a president from their party, they should scrap the current candidates except Carly Fiorina and present to the American people a slate of only female candidates.Fiorina, who is ranked third in the Republican presidential nomination race alongside Marco Rubio, was taking part in a Q&A session for female business owners when the accident happened. And while it’s challenging for any national candidate to maintain that status, it’s especially difficult for someone who’s literally never won an election. Midway through the event at the Marriott Hotel the stage backdrop, made up of curtains held in place with metal poles, dropped forward to cries from the crowd.

For a candidate like Fiorina, the goal appears to be demonstrating – to voters, to donors, to potential endorsers, et al – that she’s the real deal. The 2003 Canadian documentary “The Corporation” launched the premise that huge companies frequently behave like psychopaths, as indeed do powerful lobbies and, of course, countries run by dictators. After the curtains fell, one crowd member shouted out ‘Trump!’, seeming to accuse the current Republican frontrunner of causing the accident, according to the Texas Tribune. As we contemplate the recent actions of Volkswagen, it’s hard to escape the feeling that it’s time to hand over the world to the superior guidance of strong women.

Fiorina is one of the star risers of the Republican race, with voters overlooking established political candidates in favor of those with backgrounds outside Washington. Carly Fiorina on Sunday stood by her disputed description of a scene from the videos targeting Planned Parenthood, but refused to say definitively that Republicans should force a government shutdown to defund the organization. “Not at all. Off-shoring — shipping American jobs overseas — was “right-shoring.” Now, though, running for president, Fiorina has softened her tone, acknowledging the human toll of lost jobs and explaining at greater length and depth the actions she took as a powerful Silicon Valley executive, including overseeing tens of thousands of layoffs. While she was relegated to the lower end of the field during the first Republican debate, standing alongside the likes of Rick Perry, who has now dropped out, she burst into the top end of the pack after a confident, assured display. Weiner, who in addition to being a best-selling author is an influential feminist with a large social-media following. “You’re on the bus with her until she starts talking about Planned Parenthood.” As Mrs.

That scene absolutely does exist, and that voice saying what I said they were saying – “We’re gonna keep it alive to harvest its brain – exists as well,” Fiorina said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” […] In a testy exchange with host Chuck Todd, Fiorina repeatedly insisted that the practice she described “is happening.” Look, I don’t want to belabor the point. It is a campaign within the 2016 campaign, an effort to recast Fiorina’s record and push back at her many critics, presenting her actions as a model of decisiveness — the kind, she says, the country sorely needs from its president. “Some tough calls are going to be required,” Fiorina said during the recent Reagan library debate, a standout performance that has led to a surge in support in her bid for the GOP nomination. “When you challenge the status quo, you make enemies. Fiorina’s popularity is also largely drawn from her seeming ability to take on Trump and come out as his equal, something other candidates have either failed at, or seem unwilling to do. Fiorina’s presidential campaign gains traction — and as the focus on her statements about Planned Parenthood intensifies — liberal women across the web are expressing conflicted feelings about her candidacy. Second place contender Ben Carson, another anti-establishment figure, has disagreed with Trump in the past, but the pair have also made a point of not allowing the argument to become bitter – sometimes shaking hands or awkwardly high-fiving after exchanging comments.

Running in 2010, the year of a massive Republican wave, Fiorina was swamped by Boxer, a perennially endangered incumbent, who turned Fiorina’s years at HP from the high point of a gilded resume into a series of brutal TV ads. Fiorina was widely considered to have ‘won’ the second debate, thanks in large part to her putdown of Trump over comments he made about her ‘face,’ asking ‘would anyone vote for that?’. Fiorina’s conservative policy positions, which these women see as anathema to the feminist cause. “Can you love a campaign but hate a candidate’s policies?” read the subtitle of the writer Robin Marty’s Sept. 18 essay on titled “Carly Fiorina Is the Candidate I Wanted Hillary Clinton to Be.” After Mr. She is not, they say, one to make the same mistake twice and, as a presidential hopeful, Fiorina and her supporters have clearly learned from the missteps of her ill-fated Senate bid.

She obviously realizes – since the question keeps coming up – that media professionals know she’s not telling the truth, and the GOP candidate has had plenty of opportunities to say she misspoke. A slickly produced hour-long ad, presented as a documentary and aimed at voters in Iowa and other early-voting states, describes Fiorina as “a Silicon Valley superstar” and portrays her performance at HP in a highly flattering light. On that occasion the metal pole across the top of the curtains came crashing down the the podium, knocking over an American flag and landing where Clinton would have been speaking. The controversy surrounding Fiorina’s demonstrable dishonesty has had no discernible effect on her support within the party, so perhaps the Republican candidate’s lie will be inconsequential?

Leslie Shedd, the spokeswoman for a political action committee that produced the pro-Fiorina film, said it was easy to anticipate Democrats replicating Boxer and attacking Fiorina’s HP record. “I think it is really important to make sure voters get a full assessment of what really happened at Hewlett-Packard and why it was she was such transformative leader there,” Shedd said. After climbing the corporate ladder at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, its telecommunications equipment spin-off, Fiorina was hired as HP’s chief executive in 1999. Fiorina’s debate turn was a powerful moment that created some dissonance given her stands on the issues. “I think even as a lot of feminists cheered her on during that performance, we were loathing her actual policies,” she said. “There’s an excitement and a horror that those two can kind of coexist.” Left-leaning feminists have not been so conflicted by other Republican candidates for national office in recent years.

Slate, for example, published a piece on Friday explaining, “Even if you like to take your facts on some kind of sliding scale, Fiorina’s Big Lie is beyond appalling.” Worse, it’s not just a single misstep. But, if she has any assets that qualify her for the presidency, in the view of this author and many others, her record as a businesswoman is certainly not one of them.

Both Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2008, and Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman who ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, went out of their way to attack traditional feminism. Her directive from HP’s corporate board was to shake things up and reinvigorate the lumbering Palo Alto tech titan, whose progress had stalled as the fortunes of other Silicon Valley companies surged. Fiorina has spoken critically of traditional feminism, too: In June, when she still barely registered in national presidential polls, she declared in a speech that the liberal “version of feminism isn’t working” and said her definition of “a feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses.” That differs from the definition that Mrs. Like ancient,” said Meiyee Chang, who spent more than a decade at HP before leaving in 2007. “I felt she tried to modernize the company.” But others soon turned on Fiorina, put off by her considerable wealth and self-promotional style — she hung a portrait of herself alongside those of the company’s revered founders — which clashed with HP’s history as a genial company with humble beginnings and an informal management structure. “I feel she destroyed the culture of my father’s company,” David Woodley Packard said in a 2010 interview.

Fiorina lasted until 2005, when she was ousted by HP’s board of directors over the company’s disappointing financial performance and disagreements over strategy. Fiorina has insisted that she created more HP jobs than she eliminated, though that is difficult to prove, given the number of employees who came and went through various acquisitions.

To supporters, she was little short of a visionary, who boosted revenues, reformed a once-plodding company and enabled HP to survive the dot-com bust that crippled so many other firms. Trump, whose remarks have offended women in both parties, have captured the attention of many writers, activists and other influential figures in the feminist movement, as reflected on social media and in news outlets targeted at young women. At least Donald Trump can boast about being a very rich and successful business man, as well as about balancing the books, meeting a payroll and drawing a crowd wherever he goes.

They say the $25-billion purchase of Compaq, which accounted for most of the revenue growth that Fiorina boasts of, was an unmitigated disaster and note, among other things, that HP stock fell by more than 60% during her tenure. Rivals Dell, IBM and Microsoft performed considerably better. “She flashed her wealth too much,” said Enderle, the industry analyst, citing her purchase of corporate jets and appearance at company events in a luxury Mercedes. “It sent the wrong image. Fiorina’s candidacy, at times drawn to her and at times repulsed by her positions and what many critics say were her exaggerated statements about a Planned Parenthood video. It sent the image that you had this royal CEO that was telling the employees to eat cake and was not feeling the pain.” It’s the very image that plagued Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign, when the GOP nominee and venture capitalist was painted by Democrats as a ruthless job killer. Fiorina opposes raising the minimum wage, federally mandated paid maternity leave and the Affordable Care Act, policies that disproportionately affect women. “I am constantly pivoting mentally with her,” Ms.

Fiorina, she said, is “contrary to the conservative female narrative, the way she looks, the way she presents herself, the no-nonsense businesswoman thing.” In an interview, Ms. Fiorina was like eating at McDonald’s. “You know, inherently, it’s not something you should be eating,” she said. “But when there’s nothing else around, it’s what you go and take.” Republican women say the feminist head-scratching about Mrs. Fiorina has brought to light a hypocritical aspect of the women’s movement. “They’re not really looking for equal representation — they’re looking for more Democratic women representation,” said Katie Packer, a Republican strategist. Fiorina visited an anti-abortion pregnancy center in Spartanburg, S.C., where she took journalists into an examination room as she observed an expectant mother’s ultrasound and remarked upon the fetal heartbeat and developing spine. “Liberals and progressives will spend inordinate amounts of time and money protecting fish, frogs and flies,” Mrs.

Fiorina said outside afterward. “They do not think a 17-week-old, a 20-week-old, a 24-week-old is worth saving.” On Saturday, women wearing pink, some of whom were paid by Planned Parenthood, protested Mrs. Fiorina had lied in her depiction of the video. “She’s tough and she’s very well spoken, but I just don’t think she speaks the truth,” she said.

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