George Graham

The Absurdity of Carly Fiorina

FiorinaCan somebody tell me the secret of Carly Fiorina’s appeal? This woman is a parody of the American Dream, mysteriously rising from secretary to CEO in the corporate world and ruining every corporation she got her hands on. It’s thanks to Fiorina that Lucent and Hewlett-Packard investors lost their shirts, for example. So now, this self acclaimed business genius wants to run America.

How can anyone take her seriously?

California voters certainly didn’t. She dumped millions of her own money into a run for the US Senate and flopped miserably. And she is polling barely above single digits among the most dismal flock of Republican presidential hopefuls in living memory.

Yet she has managed to bully her way on to the main stage in CNN’s Republican primary debate on September 16.

Why? Because the pundits insist she is “surging” in the polls. So she is placing third these days – after Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But with a field of 17 candidates, the poll numbers generally are very, very low and her “surge” is barely above the margin of error.

These TV talking heads are all agog at the wit and wisdom she displayed as a debater at “the kid’s table” in Cleveland. What did she say that was so witty and so wise?

Here is the quotation most often repeated by awe-struck commentators:

I didn’t get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race. Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn’t. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t given money to the foundation or donated to his wife’s Senate campaign.

The whole world probably knows that Bill Clinton and Donald Trump spoke on the phone before Trump announced his candidacy. So I honestly don’t see anything remarkable in Fiorina’s comment. Do you?

According to one guy I heard on TV, 60-year-old Carly Fiorina is “a rock star.” No kidding. I bet even she had a good laugh at that one.

But she is indubitably a woman, and that’s a feather in the Republican Party’s cap, I suppose. So much for that “war on women” the party is accused of waging, right?

Not only that, but now they will have both a black man and a woman on the main stage for the next debate. Who says this isn’t the party of diversity?

As Abraham Lincoln said, I laugh because I must not cry.

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I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for