Carly Fiorina, Guest – Lincoln Dinner, Des Moines Iowa (photo courtesy of John Pemble, Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Will the REAL Carly Fiorina please stand up?
From one Progressive to Another???
Fiorina was long and full of compassion for Hillary Clinton before she was against her.
In a series of clips put together in a video by Buzzfeed, Fiorina praised Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign while at the same time working pursuant to Forbes 2008 article employed as “one of John McCain’s most ubiquitous campaign surrogates.”
“I have such great admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton…I have great admiration for her because I know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done. She is obviously incredibly intelligent, focused, tough, determined, empathetic of all the tens of millions of people that she was trying to represent in her quest to become the first woman president of the United States….
And as a woman, I take great pride in the fact that Hillary Clinton ran for president. And I also watched with a lot of empathy as I saw how she was scrutinized, characterized, talked about as a woman…”
Think Progress obtained an audio clip (below) of Fiorina at that time praising Clinton which yet again raises serious questions about Fiorina’s loyalties (well maybe, maybe not but seven years later, one can’t help but wonder):
While I think woman have made great progress in so many ways I also known from personal experience that women in positions of power – particularly bold women – who are trying to drive change as Hillary Clinton must surely is…bold women, women in power are characterized, scrutinized differently than their male counterparts are…”
NOTE: Fiorina was responding to aspersions made against John McCain’s 2008 campaign by Progressives accusing the presidential candidate of sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton.
The intent behind ThinkProgress’ release of the audio was clearly a diversionary tactic intended to dismiss the outcry from Republicans at the time regarding the historically vicious sexist propaganda waged by the Progressive media and establishment against 2008 vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
ENTER 2015: while Fiorina’s 2008 compassion and praise of Clinton will not sit well with Conservatives, it provides plenty ammunition for Progressives to use against 2016 Republican party primary candidate should she become the GOP’s candidate of choice.
This is just one of the many reasons to vet Fiorina. Americans have been played far too often as candidates pretend to be that which they are not.
So was Fiorina merely attempting to mollify women or was her overwhelming praise for Hillary Clinton the REAL Carly Fiorina?
Climate Change Advocate:
When asked earlier this year in an interview with Katie Couric “Is manmade global warming a problem?” Fiorina who has bought into the argument that climate change aka global warming exists was evasive in her response.
Even worse, Fiorina’s facts were all wrong.
Emphasizing her belief that the nation “must focus on innovation…we have to make coal cleaner…,” Fiorina failed to acknowledge that there has been no global warming for the past 17 or 18 years.
While Americans can agree with Fiorina that outlawing coal is “self-defeating,” Fiorina does not say how she would achieving clean coal technology. Through more government regulation? What?
Disconcerting? YES especially coming from one who has stated clearly more than once that “I’m prepared to take scientists at their word.”
Admittedly in her discussion with Seth Meyers, Fiorina also points out that the answer is “innovation not regulation” but how serious is she on the on innovation over non-regulation?
Carly Fiorina on Clean Coal, Energy Independence, and National Security
In order to invest in clean coal, you need a healthy industry to make those investments, and you also need the federal government to do some of that basic research. There are some very basic things that the federal government could be helpful on. One of the things I always say when we get involved with the topic of climate change is the answer to this is innovation not regulation….
A “healthy industry”. Strong words coming from one who left Hewlett Packard, anything but. Well, the coal industry IS NOT healthy, so what then?
If we were investing in clean coal technology and achieved some level of progress and breakthrough, we could be exporting that technology to China. We could help them solve a problem, but we could also develop a competitive advantage and help our own economy. This is a better, more productive answer than shutting down our own coal plants while the Chinese continue to burn coal at tremendous rates. It destroys our coal mining community, it’s bad for our economy, and it doesn’t allow us to invest in the technology that ultimately could make a difference in climate change by having a positive impact on China’s coal burning industry…. Source: The Fuse.
Speaking of which since Republicans have had the House and the Senate since 2014, why have they made no effort to reign in the Obama’s administration destruction of the coal industry (the subject of which will be addressed in a later post) which brings me to the:
As pointed out by Scott Shackford at Reason.com, “Fiorina is benefitting somewhat from having an ‘outsider’ status while holding many of the same positions as ‘insiders’ whom she’s currently beating in the polls.”
Fiorina who insists that she is not part of the establishment has often sided with the Progressive leadership of both parties.
As pointed out by D.C. McAllister earlier this week in The Federalist:
“Fiorina says she wants to throw punches at Clinton on the issues, but how can she when she has sometimes sounded just like Clinton? As Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review, ‘During the 2013 Obamacare funding showdown, Carly ripped into Ted Cruz, echoing the Democrat talking points about the ‘Cruz shutdown.’ She also said she felt bad for John Boehner. If you look at her statement carefully, this runs a lot deeper than the issue of defunding Obamacare….”
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Translation: Fiorina stood with the establishment against us wacko-birds right wing extremists We the People.
And if that is not enough, below is a list of RINOs that supported Fiorina during her failed 2010 run for the Senate – California which points to the fact that Fiorina is not an outsider.
United States Senators
Honorable Mitch McConnell, Kentucky, U.S. Senate Republican Leader
Honorable Jon Kyl, Arizona, U.S. Senate Republican Whip
Honorable Tom Coburn, MD, Oklahoma
Honorable James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma
Honorable Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Honorable John McCain, Arizona
Honorable Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Honorable Susan Collins, Maine
Honorable Olympia Snowe, Maine
Honorable Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania*
Honorable John Thune, South Dakota
United States Representatives
Honorable Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Honorable George Radanovich
Honorable Devin Nunes
Honorable Gary Miller
Honorable Mary Bono Mack
Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Honorable Ernie Konnyu*
Fiorina’s latest dog and pony show calling out Boehner and McConnell is meaningless. Just another example of Fiorina being for them long before she was against them.
See full list here including organizations and corporate sponsors.
Per OpenSecrets.org, Silicon Valley’s fat cats aka the elites, many of whom are Progressive elitists are donating to Carly Fiorina’s super Pac, “Carly for America Cmte.”
Executive consultants, Chartwell Partners has donated $1,559,750 from individuals.
Keep The Promise I, a super PAC for Ted Cruz donated $500,000 to Fiorina; venture capitalist and for HP board member, Tom Perkins cut a check for $25,000 and Intel CEO Paul Otellini, $5,000.
According to CNN, Jerry Perenchio, the former CEO of Univision and national finance co-chairman for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign donated “close to $1.6 million.”