Carly Fiorina will do anything it takes to get herself up in the polls. She’s attacked the front runners as much as she can, and she’s consistently lied or mislead so much that you have to wonder if she has her own fact-checker assigned to her claims at Politifact.
Monday evening, Fiorina went on Meghan Kelly’s Fox News show to refute some of the bad press she’s been getting about her history and her #FiorinaFacts. She’s had a pretty lousy few weeks with stories coming out about the golden parachute she got after crushing a ton of jobs, added to sinking HP and being a complete and utter business failure. Her way of doing business at HP extended even further into her 2010 campaign against Senator Boxer, where Fiorina owed vendors buckets of money while she reimbursed herself $1.3 million. The most absurd is after her BS lies about Planned Parenthood, it turns out her foundation gave over $460,000 to Planned Parenthood. Let’s be realistic, if Fiorina doesn’t know where her foundation’s money ends up because she can’t manage it herself, if she can’t pay her own bills, maybe she’s not ready to manage the United States of America.
But, instead of addressing her problems and reassuring voters that she’s trustworthy and responsible, she played the victim. Here’s a political rule that is always true: When a politician is wrong, they blame the media.
There are a lot of liberals who find me kind of scary right now, because I am doing really well in the polls and – horror of horrors – I am a conservative woman, Fiorina said. We know that most of the media is very liberal, and we know that liberal women have trouble accepting that there are many, many women who don’t agree with them. I think that I am distinctly horrifying to liberals [because] I am a conservative who right now head-to-head beats Hillary Clinton soundly.
Newsflash, Fiorina, no one is afraid of you because you’re a conservative woman. We’re afraid of you because your deadbeat leadership is worse than George W. Bush and we are still climbing out of the hole. If I were you, the last thing I’d be worrying about is beating Hillary Clinton, because you’re never going to make it through a Republican Primary.
Secondly, women talking about your record isn’t anti-feminist. You can’t play the gender card while claiming to be a strong woman capable of leading America. Have the courage to stand on your record. If you need to lie, if you need to play the gender card and if you need to blame the media you’re doing a disservice to women everywhere.
One minute Fiorina is mad at Clinton for playing the gender card, the next she’s playing the gender card. Then she’s saying you should vote for a candidate based on their merits, the next minute she’s blaming the liberal media for talking about her merits. She’s making us all dizzy.
The fact is, many women think the only way to gain power is to align themselves with sexist men. Anti-women sentiment from other women isn’t new. Think of Ann Coulter and Phyllis Schlafly who oppose things like the Equal Rights Amendment and don’t believe women should lead. As Madeleine Albright once said “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Women like Fiorina aren’t to be feared because, in the end, they’ve aligned themselves with a group that will never support them as a leader of anything, much less a country. The rest of us are feminist enough to look beyond gender and look at merits, experience and whether someone is a trustworthy leader. The fact that voters can’t count on Fiorina to take care of employees, pay campaign staff and tell the truth is a problem for voters who do their homework.
Feature image: Gage Skidmore.