I disliked Carly Fiorina even before CNN’s Republican primary debate. The woman is a fraud. She presents herself as a humble secretary who rose through the corporate ranks to become the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And she insists that her “success” in the business world qualifies her to run the world’s number-one democracy.
The truth is that she was born into a well-heeled family. Her father was a law professor who became dean of Duke University School of Law, deputy attorney general, and a federal judge. Her mother was an artist.
Her parents sent her to various private schools in the US and abroad – even to one in Ghana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and two master’s degrees. Does that sound like your average corporate secretary? Of course not!
She began her business career as a management trainee at AT&T, and got routinely promoted as management trainees usually do. In due course, she became CEO of AT&T spin-off Lucent, which she ran into the ground. Then she moved on to head HP, which she almost bankrupted before getting fired.
In short, as Chris Hayes noted last night on MSNBC, her Horatio Alger story is phony. And I dislike phony politicians.
But, while I disliked Fiorina before, I detest her now.
In Wednesday night’s debate, she urged Republicans in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood – even at risk of a government shutdown.
In making her case, she “dared Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama to watch” undercover videos that set off the defunding crusade. The videos, which were doctored, as such videos usually are, depict a heartless organization selling aborted fetuses for medical research.
According to Fiorina they show “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
It was enough to make Sandra recoil in horror. But it was not true.
Even the doctored videos don’t sink that low. Factcheck.org found that the scene Fiorina describes is not in any of them.
Here’s the truth, as the FirstDraft web site tells it:
The video that Mrs. Fiorina seems to be referring to does show a still image of a fetus being held outside of the womb. But it is not seen squirming as Mrs. Fiorina describes. …. There is no indication that the fetus pictured is about to have its brain removed…
Planned Parenthood is not a sinister organization profiting from the sale of aborted baby parts, as Fiorina suggests. It provides free life saving services – such as breast cancer screenings – to millions of poor women across America.
Fiorina’s callous attack illustrates the contempt that many pampered members of the elite have for the poor. Her glib twisting of the truth illustrates the contempt she has for American voters.
Carly Fiorina for President? I don’t think so!