Oh the Games and Claws of Carly Fiorina

The first debate between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina took place on September 1, 2010 at St. Mary’s College in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

In analyzing the debate, it is clear that Fiorina tried to get the upper hand by bashing Boxer with twisted facts about Boxer’s record. This seems to be the type of games this woman likes to play. Just use an authoritative sounding voice, throw in some negative descriptive words and pseudo-facts. Who will notice?

Carly Fiorina’s M.O.

Leopards do not change their spots...Photo credit: Fierce by furryscaly on flickr creative commons

Is this Ms. Fiorina’s M.O. (modus operandi)? Is this how she would be in office too? Do leopards change their spots overnight?

At one point Senator Boxer said,

“Yes, I think we are entitled to our opinion, but we are not entitled to our facts.”

Here are some of Carly Fiorina’s favorite descriptive words:

  1. killed
  2. destroyed
  3. strangled
  4. despair
  5. extreme
  6. bitter
  7. uncertainty

Is Carly Fiorina using tortured versions of the truth designed to scare people and make them angry and very afraid?

Watch out for Talking Points Gone Wild!

Here’s where the dirty politics playbook comes in. Ms. Fiorina has those sound bites down to make sure she uses them in her campaign. Are Carly’s sound bites misleading?

One would hope that the news media would help set the record straight. However, frequently the media tends to quote what someone says, even if it is false. Then the spin machine goes around and around.

That is why Barbara Boxer urged viewers and listeners of the debate to make sure they understand the big picture.

Does Fiorina like to cherry pick facts so she can twist the information to appear the way she wants?

Twisted Logic

For example Ms. Fiorina attacked Barbara Boxer’s 18 year record of accomplishments as Senator in California.

Ms. Fiorina mischaracterized and minimized Boxer’s accomplishments to confuse voters.

Successful passage of legislation, especially in the Senate, involves cooperation and co-sponsorship with other Senators, usually on both sides of the aisle. Measures that make a big difference to a bill can be implemented through amendments and at many stages along the life of a bill as it goes through committees and finally to the Senate floor.

Senator Barbara Boxer stands by her principles and also works together with Republicans and other Democrats and Independents to achieve results for her constituents in areas of helping business, improving education, jobs, tax relief, the environment, health, public transportation, agriculture, human rights, privacy issues, veterans, and more.

Will the Real Carly Fiorina please stand up

“Mean Girls”

Carly Fiorina has that high school “Mean Girls” quality down to a T as we see from her catty description of Boxer’s hair before a T-V interview.

Carly Fiorina Trashing Sen. Boxer’s Hair Caught by Hot Mic

Carly Fiorina received a 21 million dollar golden parachute from Hewlett-Packard after she was fired in 2005 as Chairman and CEO. She began working at HP in 1999.

An article in CNNMoney.com reported how Hewlett-Packard’s stock jumped up six to 10 points upon news that Fiorina was forced out of HP in 2005:

The stock is up a bit on the fact that nobody liked Carly’s leadership all that much,” said Robert Cihra, an analyst with Fulcrum Global Partners. “The Street had lost all faith in her and the market’s hope is that anyone will be better.”

And even after factoring HP’s big move Wednesday, the stock was still trading at around the same price it was at when the company announced its merger with Compaq in September 2001.

With Fiorina at the helm of Hewlett-Packard, as Boxer pointed out in the debate, Fiorina cut 30,000 jobs from Hewlett-Packard in the U.S. and sent thousands more overseas to China and India. Fiorina increased HP’s revenue and cash flow in large part by getting rid of jobs and people at HP. That sure freed up some money.

Would it have been possible for Ms. Fiorina as CEO of HP to have found ways to keep jobs instead of axing them to increase profits?

Kitty Reporter suggests folks open their eyes and see the real Carly Fiorina for who she is and kittens– the empress has no clothes when it comes to being a responsible actively voting U.S. citizen… Here’s why:

Ms. Fiorina’s Dismal Voting Record

Carly Fiorina wants Californian’s votes but she herself barely voted in most elections since the 1980s!

What kind of example is that for voters? Now that she is over 50 she understands the importance of voting? That’s a bad civics lesson for Americans and especially for our young people who are eligible to vote at age eighteen.

Carly Fiorina’s living example of her voting message to young Americans:

It’s OK not to vote until you run for office. Hey, I was too busy working as a CEO and couldn’t be bothered with those little elections until after I no longer was a CEO. See, I didn’t vote until I was in my 40’s and 50’s!

That’s over 30 years of non-voting at the precise time when young people should understand it is a privilege to vote and that each person’s vote can make a difference.

According to SFGate.com, Carly Fiorina was a registered voter in Morris County, New Jersey, and according to their voting records, Ms. Fiorina was removed from the rolls in 2005 as “inactive” because she had not voted “in a single election” since 1997.

According to the SFGate.com, in 2000 Ms. Fiorina registered to vote in Santa Clara County. However, her voting record appears to be virtually non-existent in major elections in California. The Chronicle reported that she voted in “five of 18 elections since registering in California in 2000.”

What elections has Ms. Fiorina actually voted in both in California and nationwide?

Before moving to California, public voting records in Ms. Fiorina’s prior home states, New Jersey and Maryland, reveal she never voted in one election! She was not even registered to vote in Maryland even though she lived their since the 1980s.

Wow, and now she wants Californians to vote for her to be their senator? Why? Because now she wants to enter the political arena? Why?

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