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    When will Dems unleash full “Palin treatment” on Carly Fiorina?

    When will Dems unleash full “Palin treatment” on Carly Fiorina?

    Just wait for it.

    A good way to predict the future is to look at the past.

    Using this approach, I have some predictions about what is likely to happen next in the campaign of my current favorite presidential aspirant: Carly Fiorina. To do so, I will look at what happened to Sarah Palin in the wake of her dynamic speech accepting the GOP nomination for Vice President.

    Palin’s presentation was so energetic and moving that she instantly became a target of smears by progressives across the nation, particularly progressive feminists. Her hair, clothing, accent, and family were demeaned, degraded, and dismissed during the 2008 campaign season, and her humiliation is still not complete (e.g., Jon Stewart deriding the “folksy idioms” used by Palin during the Iowa Freedom Summit).

    Fiornia just gave a brilliant performance and an amazing introduction to the American people…so let the mocking begin:

    During Thursday’s undercard debate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina noted her business experience, which during her tenure saw the tech company’s revenue double to $90 billion.

    Democrats, predictably, disagreed with her description of her experience, so they tweeted the following:

    For those who weren’t watching the debate, Fiorina wore a pink suit. Of all the disbelief GIFs the Democrats could have chosen, they chose one of a small blonde girl in a pink jacket?

    Had this been a tweet from the Republicans about Hillary Clinton, the phrase “war on women” certainly would have been attached. It should be no difference for the Democrats.

    I am sure that there will be more banality, too. The review of her business history is fair game, and in all probability, she is poised to ably defend herself. However, I suspect that comparing her to a little girl is going to be rather ineffective.

    On the plus side for Palin, she became an instant style icon following her speech. For example, many American women still want to figure out to get Palin’s hair:

    And the fascination with Palin’s shoes is legendary.

    So, I predict that the sales of pink suits will skyrocket in the wake of the GOP debate. I am personally planning to buy one. Fiorina oozed power, smarts, and class during the Fox News hosted event. Women who want to emulate her success will be inclined to copy her style.

    Palin’s family was the focus of much sensational reporting. Who can forget the left’s psychotic obsession over Trig? More recently, a charity was targeted by IRS employee Lois Lerner because of Bristol Palin’s involvement.

    The Senate Finance Committee released the results of its two-year investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups Wednesday, with revealing looks at Lerner’s emails.

    One email, cited by Chairman Orrin Hatch as an “example of Lerner’s interest in conservative organizations,” asked whether the IRS should open an audit of Candie’s Foundation, which paid Palin $332,500 in compensation to be a celebrity spokesperson. Lerner was concerned that the salary figure could violate IRS rules against charitable groups being for the private benefit of individuals.

    I hope Fiorina’s family is prepared for the onslaught.

    Even though Fiorina is very different than Palin in many aspects, they are both dangerous to progressives. Fiornia is especially so right now, since she offers such a remarkable contrast to the dull, humorless, and style-challenged Hillary Clinton.


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    DMac8889 | August 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Why is it every writer and nearly all commentors miss the point. Politics is not about Brains, though Palin has PROVEN to millions she is just fine in this department. Obviously those who believe they went to the RIGHT school are smarter than everyone else, and nothing else matters. Well of course other things matter.

    Its called adulthood. How many people in public life that have had the very best educations and come off as morons, jerks, or just believe in things that just plain wrong. Politics is about connecting with people, not because you share a similar background (bumpkins and eskimos – not too prejudice?), but because they TRUST that person.

    One of the reasons Palin was picked by McCain is because of the Honesty & Integrity Palin earned as Gov. of Alaska. This is why she had astronomical approval numbers (over 90%). Carly Fiorina has not earned those numbers, nor the trust that Sarah Palin has and therefore not the popularity. Is she smarter than Palin? Maybe!, but Palin has done things Fiorina hasn’t.

    She has taken on her own political Party, and is leading a Conservative reawakening to take back the Republican Party and is succeeding. This is why the Republican leadership have never liked her (before she ever became Gov.) and it wasn’t the LEFT that took Sarah Palin down. It was within her own Party, and within FoxNews.

    Fiorina doesn’t offer that challenge, so she gets highly spoken of within the GOP, but where is her voting base? She respected within the ‘NY to Washington Corridor’, but until she is taken SERIOUSLY, she will avoid the Palin Treatment.

    DMac8889 | August 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

    The attacks Palin suffered originated within McCain’s campaign. FoxNews allowed that narrative to be expanded with “Anonymous Sources” on Bill O’Reilly’s show. Palin was abigger threat within the GOp she was ever to the LEFT. However, one reading of the book ‘Game Change’ and you will understand how threatened the Obama Team felt about her: “The Palin Effect’.

    The attacks came before her successful Convention Speech, because the LEFT knew who she was, and how popular she had become in Alaska. What is Palin and her daughter had Abortions and never told anyone? Would she still be considered ‘White Trash’? Amazing how backwards our nation has become. No what happened was the exposure of how deeply prejudice our nation has become, and not by race, but by a division of if someone had gone to the ‘right’ schools. That’s right you are dismissed at the age of 18 in the ‘NY to Washington’ if you chose the wrong school. What you accomplish over the next 30 years means nothing. That is just hating for the sake of hating,

    So, though I like Carly Fiorina, I am going to give all of you who are not aware, what will be the first NASTY attack on Carly, if she challenges the LEFT. HER DAUGHTER COMMITTED SUICIDE!!!!!

    Now of course that is not the entire true story, but your never going to get the details of the story unless you do your own homework. You will get the surface attack, and the blogs will be full of, “As CARLY travel the world, she ignore her daughters pain and she killed herself.” The true story is not quite that bad, but you will hear about it, if Carly gains grown.

      Valerie in reply to DMac8889. | August 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

      There was definitely an unreliable jerk in the McCain camp, but you are so wrong to think the attacks originated with Fox. Maybe you saw reporting of them on Fox, but I was evading the Washington post as well as other sources. It was full court press from the left, unrelenting, nasty, and often baseless.

    Midwest Rhino | August 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

    One of the attacks (as we see here at LI even) is on her time at HP. Carly has experience, and it seems she was brought in by the board to implement her ATT way (she came from success at ATT & Lucent), but that didn’t go over very well with the US tech workers. But in managing costs, outsourcing labor and using H1B visas was the trend, and an obligation to the shareholder in some respects.

    Some here blame the Compaq merger on her, and say it was a disaster. 49% of shareholders and son of Hewlett were against it but it won approval. She now uses those increased sales to demonstrate her success, but that came at great cost, and profits did not improve. The share price reflects that, but she defends the share price as being during the great tech depression … fair enough but HP declined more than others. The acquisition was an expensive part of that decline, which perhaps yielded future benefits.

    Carly fends off the worst of the claims with a barrage of stats, but I think most fair is that the board hired her to go to the ATT way, and that was not a roaring success, mostly a failure. But she clearly gained broad experience and is a very competent person.

    We mostly have to listen to what she is “selling” now, and in time I want to see what she has done the last ten years more than what she did at HP. I don’t care for her “I started as a secretary” line much, since that seemed like a job while she was in school, and her upbringing and father’s prominence surely afforded her more open doors than most secretaries have, but at least she did the job.

    As long as Carly can “bring it”, that is what counts. Her father no doubt built a lot of her abilities into her, which doesn’t make her better or worse than Palin, but makes her more polished for this role.

    this seems like an objective review of her HP time

      Ragspierre in reply to Midwest Rhino. | August 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Blaming a company’s performance on one CEO is often (not always) a fool’s errand. There are just WAY too many very complex variables to make that kind of allegation with any verity.

      Also, noting someone is a very facile and glib speaker is not the same as evaluating their intelligence. And especially not their wisdom or common sense. I was comparing Fiorina with Cruz the other day, and noted that Cruz is much more halting in his speech patterns.

      Calvin Coolidge was perhaps the very icon of a Conservative president in terms of what he DID. He was NOT a “great communicator”, and seems to have actually shunned the limelight that so many politicians hunger for.

      Now, certainly not for the better, IMNHO, Presidents are expected to be at least good speech-a-fiers. But that simply cannot be the prime quality we look for. Core VALUES are what I think most important.

      I am coming to think that Fiorina should be offered a V-P slot, but I’m open to having her show me some of her core values that would convince me she’s who we need now in the Oval Office.

    ConradCA | August 10, 2015 at 12:54 am

    The progressive fascist party only exists because of women and minorities. They have to destroy all conservative women and minorities and their is nothing that they won’t stoop to. Just look how they attacked Palin’s baby. They have a lot in common with their predecessors the KKK.

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