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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Vice President Carly Fiorina

I’m watching former HP CEO Carly Fiorina on Fox right now.  This is the second night that I’ve watched her on here.  I’m convinced, especially after the lukewarm endorsement that Hillary Clinton gave Obama tonight, that the best move for John McCain is to pick a woman.

And this is the woman.  Vice President Carly Fiorina, sounds good to me.  She’s my choice, at least, and I think that she’s the best choice.

She’s poised, elegant, and attractive as these things go.  She’s an excellent speaker.  A lot of things auger in her favour:

First, of all, there’s the obvious point of her gender.

Indeed, in many ways she’s perfectly positioned for that role of appealing to Hillary voters.  In particular, her compelling story – CEO of HP, forced out by old men for making a hard call that turned out to be right (the HP-Compaq merger) is compelling and can be sold.

It’s actually the exact set-up that I prefer.  Lure the enemy into an ambush.  The Democrats won’t be able to restrain themselves from attacking her record as CEO of HP, doubtlessly in ways that would strike many people as sexist (or could at least be spun in such a fashion).

Second, she’s a genuine Washington outsider – something that would starkly contrast with the absolute insider that Obama chose for his Vice President.   Indeed, it would be hard to argue that close to forty years in the Senate talking away makes someone more qualified for executive office than half a decade at the helm of one of the world’s most important and recognizable companies.

Third, she’s positioned to neutralize two McCain weaknesses: the economy and the idea that he’s “out of touch” with the modern world.  How better to counter the idea that McCain is a relic of the pre-internet age than making the former CEO of HP the Vice President?

Ideologically, she’s a fairly blank slate – though, she’s pro-life (which is why I’d suggest that McCain take her over eBay’s Meg Whitman).  She seems to be strong on the economy.  I’m not sure where she is on foreign policy, but I doubt if she has much of a paper trail.

What of the other choices?

Mitt Romney.  He and McCain don’t seem to like eachother very much.  Their attacks in the primary would be dredged up.  The Mormon issue.

Joe Lieberman.  If I knew how people would react, I’d go for Lieberman – but, with McCain seemingly taking the lead, he’s just too big a risk.  Make him the Secretary of State after the election (I think that Gates ought to stay at Defense in the McCain Administration).

Tim Pawlenty: Tim who?  He’s been a fine Governor in Minnesota, but who’s ever heard of him?  He doesn’t have the compelling story to launch him into orbit, I think.

Mike Huckabee:  Nah.  He’ll upset too many people and not bring enough in.

Eric Cantor: Nice guy – but, again, who?  Congressman to Vice President is a leap too far.

Honestly, I think that she’s as damned close to a perfect choice as you can get.  Help to pull women.  Fill in gaps in the resume.  A fresh face.  Tempts the Democrats into launching self-destructive attacks.

Posted by Adam T. Yoshida on August 26, 2008 in International Politics | Permalink


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See also the impressive Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who would also be a very good choice. Change you really could believe in.


Posted by: TimR | 2008-08-26 10:34:46 PM

That would be a fine choice TimR.

Posted by: dp | 2008-08-26 10:42:24 PM

Lukewarm endorsement? You lost all credibility with that statement. My advice to you is to go listen to the speech again. Then save face by re-writing your story.

Posted by: Jessica Tyler | 2008-08-27 2:48:19 AM

Your scenario is way too contrived . Leave the optical illusions and special effects to the Democrats . That`s their specialty . Or are women [ and the rest of us ] really that stupid as to fall for it . Maybe so .

Posted by: daveh | 2008-08-27 6:06:54 AM

Carly looks great on camera and is a smoothe convincing talker. I think Gretta V wanted to do her.

Carly is a TERP! GO Maryland!

Posted by: justin | 2008-08-27 8:32:14 AM

I really hope McCain choose Palin as his VP.

Consevatives unite, get behind a McCain/Palin ticket.

Look us up. Search "Palin for VP 2008", sign the "Palin for VP petition" and contact McCain & Palin's office.

Posted by: Paul | 2008-08-27 10:31:35 AM

Any truth to the rumour that Gary Coleman is in the running to be McCain's VP?

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-08-27 11:19:52 AM

Joe Lieberman. [...] Make him the Secretary of State after the election.

Not a bad strategy in this a$$hole's League.

He's like a SuperNeocon and it pass better to see a "potential" a$$hole Secretary of State who keep doing the unpatriotic work than to have a "potential" a$$hole VP that main job will be to wisper the "right" answers to the "potential" clueless A$$hole "President" of this once great Country. I would have add more if the idea presented here would not have made me sick.

Posted by: Marc | 2008-08-27 12:13:47 PM

I think Carly Fiorina would be the way for McCain to suck away the spotlight tonight. She'd be a brilliant choice. I fear he's going with Pawlenty.

Posted by: Dan | 2008-08-28 3:39:40 PM

You have to be kidding about Carly. Ask Hewlett-Packard employees who lost their jobs to India.

Posted by: Pat | 2008-08-29 5:36:18 PM

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