Carly Fiorina is no stranger to politics. Besides being known as the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she is probably best known in political circles for taking on the unenviable task of running against ultra-liberal Senator Barbara Boxer in California in 2010. And being that it was in ultra-liberal California, Boxer took home the win. But not without the fight of Boxer’s political life since she was working with polls during the campaign so close that it was within the margin of error. Fiorina proved her tenacity, her voraciousness, and her political potential during that race.
Since that time, Fiorina has been very involved in the behind the scenes campaign camps, been an active voice for the conservative cause, and has made Virginia her new home. This week I received a phone call from my good friend at The Blaze Radio Network, Chris Salcedo, asking me to listen to the interview that he had just done with Carly Fioriana. I know Chris to never shy away from the tough questions-to get straight to the meat of the matters- and he didn’t disappoint in this interview either. I’ve included that clip at the bottom of this piece and urge you each to listen to it for yourselves.
As a conservative woman who is a die-hard pro-lifer, my analysis is that it was refreshing to hear her unapologetically reject the extreme leftist views on abortion and expound her own passionate take on life. She was articulate, well informed on the issues, quick on her feet, and clearly a powerful force to be reckoned with in her own right. Chris Salcedo went on to pose this question in his Blaze article:
On the show this weekend, I observed that the current occupier of the Oval Office, Resident Obama, doesn’t behave as real men do. He’s loathed to stand for American principles and ideals. He refuses to say the words, “radical fundamentalist terrorists,” much less combat them in a meaningful way. And Obama seeks to blame others for the failure of his poorly thought out choices and policies both at home and abroad.
Could the antidote to the affliction imposed on America, by a Democrat party populated with metrosexuals, be a conservative woman?
After six years of a pansy president who is unwilling to even use the words “Islamic terrorism” it is admittedly gratifying and revitalizing to hear a woman willing to take on this issue head on and unrepentantly call a spade a spade. There is no doubt that most, if not every, conservative woman has more of a backbone than this political anemic president.
I, as well as many within the GOP, would love to see a strong and authoritative woman with all of the men up on the stage during debate night. I’d love for us to be the party who puts the first woman in the White House– not Hillary-esq style, simply because it’s “her turn” and she feels that she is owed it- but because she was the best candidate for the job. While I don’t care if you are red, yellow, black or white, male or female, because I simply want the best person for the job to fix this crisis that we are currently in as a nation- I’d love to reflect upon a panel of candidates and honestly know that the woman was getting the votes because she was the best–not because she was a woman. To vote in contradiction of that would make me no different than those who voted for Obama because they shared the same skin color and wanted to simply be apart of history. Well, they did make history and so did his ineptness.
However, (and yes, that’s a big however)… I do not understand this need to jump from private sector to President. What happened to working your way up and earning your stripes as a public servant? We’ve spent the last six years lamblasting Obama for being a Senator for five minutes before leaping into the presidency. We’ve derided and mocked his on the job training. I believe that experience matters. Mitt Romney had amazing private sector business success and experience, but he also served as Governor and understood how to manage government and I believe that is missing when it comes to possible candidates like Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson.
Build your political resume. Run for something on a state level. Let us test and vet you. It’s easy to be ideological on all of the issues, but translating that into effective governing is a completely different monster. Can you build a consensus? Do you cave under political pressure? We know you might be great at handling the fiscal issues, but what do you know about foreign policy and the intricate relations between the nations? The list of critical questions are lengthy and without a political resume, they go unanswered. We don’t want to find those answers out during the job. We want to be secure and confident in them and in the person before they are hired to preside over the greatest and most powerful country in the world.
That being said, would Carly Fiorina make a great president? I don’t know. She sounds fantastic and might have great potential. But my preference would be that she and others, like Ben Carson, work their way to the top and allow the American people to begin to see who they are on the job before reaching for the Oval Office.
Check out her interview with Chris Salcedo on The Blaze. It begins at the 1:35:10 mark. Enjoy!