A Very Quick Thought on Carly Fiorina

Can we all keep in mind that Fiorina did well in a second tier debate with the candidates currently polling 11-17?

11 through 17.

(Side note:  four Ph.D.s in Political Science at lunch this afternoon could not even remember all seven candidates in that range–I think we could only conjure five.  Granted, meetings have been melting our brains, but still, you know you have no shot with the public when…).

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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    It seems ironic to me that someone who as CEO bankrupted one company, nearly bankrupted a fortune 500 company and outsourced 30,000 jobs to China is talking about rebuilding America.

  2. Tillman says:

    Any of you remember Jim Gilmore?

    I remember because the only thing I know about him is his name, which is either a masterpiece of political osmosis on the part of his campaign or utter failure.

  3. gVOR08 says:

    @Tillman: I think I checked Wiki for Gilmore when I added his name to my potential candidate list. But I don’t recall anyhing I found.

  4. Lib Cap says:

    Here they are:

    former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore,
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham,
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal,
    former Texas Governor Rick Perry,
    former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum,
    former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and
    former New York Governor George Pataki

    events of the evening:


  5. anjin-san says:

    Here in the bay area, where Fiorina is a known quality, I don’t remember anyone ever having a kind word for her.

  6. @Lib Cap: We missed Gilmore and Graham (who should have come to mind, but didn’t).

  7. al-Ameda says:

    Fiorina is trying to position herself for a cabinet appointment in the 2024 Republican Administration.