Fiorina shines at RedState Gathering in Atlanta

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AJC Photo / Brant Sanderline

The story from Thursday’s GOP debates in Cleveland that bled most obviously into Friday’s RedState Gathering in Atlanta was Carly Fiorina’s highly regarded performance in the undercard. She was much talked-about by the attendees, and her speech this afternoon seemed to live up to their suddenly heightened expectations.

Her polling numbers are a fraction of Donald Trump’s, no doubt. But as the more palatable straight-talking non-politician in the GOP field, she has an opportunity to peel away Trump supporters who are backing him more out of a general sense of frustration with the political class than for the red meat on immigration he’s feeding them.

More than Trump, Fiorina focuses her attacks on the progressivist left and in particular Hillary Clinton — who, she noted, hadn’t managed to answer her challenge to name an actual accomplishment as secretary of state since “flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.” The election, Fiorina charged, would be “a fight between conservatism and the progressivism that has completely dominated the Democratic Party. It’s not only undermining the country, it’s crushing the country’s engine of economic growth.”

In keeping with a theme of the event, she also argued conservatism was not only a better antidote to such ills and poverty, but a less insulting one than the left’s: “No matter what they say, their core message is that some of you are smarter than others, some of you are better than others, some of you are more capable than others of taking care of yourself,” and that’s where a paternalistic government comes in.

She went hard after the Washington bureaucracy, arguing we need a president with experience managing large organizations. Of inspector-general reports that some federal employees spend much of their time on the job watching pornography, she quipped: “As Donald Trump would say, you’re fired.”

The crowd ate it up, and one of the questions from the audience was about how those who were newly impressed by her could help get her elected. That’ll be the key: Whether Fiorina can turn what’s still a 24-hour splash into momentum that gets her out of the polling doldrums and into the top 10 before next month’s second debate. If nothing else, the response from staunchly conservative activists here suggests it won’t be a glass ceiling that keeps her from the top of the GOP field.

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Caius
Caius

Two days late but just read this:


http://www.examiner.com/article/fiorina-sings-the-praises-of-islam-ottoman-empire-greatest-civilization


If this gets any legs she is a goner. ""When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.""

HotDawg
HotDawg

The dems are scared, you-know-what, of Carly. An intelligent woman to counter the lying Hillary.

Oh, about those cuts at HP. Turned HP around.

Budget cuts are necessary in all business, at some point. Some of you act as if life cannot have hardships to improve the future. Do nothing and you will totally destroy companies and have ZERO jobs.

Look forward to her slicing many wasteful government programs and employees, when she wins!

m h smith
m h smith

Nice attempt at propaganda Kyle. 

Now, since we're peeling away, can you tell me what exactly has Fiorina accomplished that should make me want to vote for her and not Trump? 

Better yet, I'd like to hear her - Little Miz Outsourcing of America spokesperson - explain her way out of saying, "it is good for Americans to lose jobs!"

There's another reason why Trump is receiving high poll numbers and it is that "same - selling out of America - reason" why Fiorina should be shown the door very quickly. 

Trump  has been sending out a 100% PRO AMERICAN populist message  to the people, a anti-globalist selling-out-of-America trade message from day one of his campaign, which is 100% totally against what Carly has toted the corporate water for in previous years and continues to date, as back in the day when Lou Dobbs pounded on her nightly on his CNN show for her lack of good corporate citizenry when she was the CEO of Hewlett.

Since it is so good for Americans to lose jobs Carly -- YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SlackTown
SlackTown

if she gets the nomination, hillary and bill will beat carly in a landslide with all their connections and money!!

BillVol
BillVol

Yes, redneckbluedog!  No lawyer-politicians!  Trump/Carly!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

You can't go from a secretary to CEO of a Fortune 500 company without having tremendous management skills, something we have been short of for the past 6 years.


Carly got there based on merit, not affirmative action, so to compare her to some politician, who attained their position through popularity, rich donors, pandering to the voters, and the ability to sell snake oil is a travesty.   Her career at HP ended badly, when the company ran smack dab into the dot com bubble and the stock started declining, as it did with all the tech companies. Shareholders, unlike voters, demand accountability.   Prior to the bubble bursting, she had grown the company and increased it's value.

MarkVV
MarkVV

If the performance of Carly Fiorina in the first debate was “highly regarded,” the standards of performance for the Republican candidates must be very low indeed.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV   The viewers just compared her with the petulant excuse making, and blame throwing they constantly hear from Obama/Clinton and thought she was refreshing..

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@MarkVV

Their standards are nowhere near as laugh-and-point-worthy as those of the Nobel committee and the Democrat voter base.

straker
straker

"some of you are smarter than others, some of you are better than others, some of you are more capable that others of taking care of yourself"


Since this is true, what's her beef?

proudparent01
proudparent01

It would be refreshing to hear a true debate to between a conservative and liberal solution to the wealth gap in this country. We need serious candidates not just the loudest person in the room or the most electable. 

sssinff
sssinff

And Trump manages to make it all about him, again. He's driving the GOP into a ditch. I love it!

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@sssinff

Your corrupt, dishonest, and unimaginative candidate can use all the help she can get.

redneckbluedog
redneckbluedog

Trump/Fiorina...the only private sector candidates....

At the "anti-Trump" debate...candidates were on-stage begging him for money...like bums in the street.... 

bu2
bu2

So she trash talks good.  She ran her company into the ground.  She is a failure as a leader.  Who cares if she sounds good in a debate?

Rocky451
Rocky451

Fiorina, I know you are grasping at straws now. LOL 

cw1960
cw1960

She's still the person who within a short period of time completely tanked an iconic, gigantic corporation, costing it billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. But, she floated to safety on her golden parachute while thousands languished in unemployment lines. Yeah, that's who should run the country.  The fact that every GOP candidate takes themselves so damn seriously is what makes them so comical.

AllyanaZiolko
AllyanaZiolko

I'll pass this on to my brother-in-law who was laid off from Hewlett-Packard under her regime.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Carly is the best candidate. A very intelligent and articulate person.

She has the ability to lead this country back to prominence after the horrible Obama years. As Reagan did after the nightmare Carter years.

She also has the focus to become another Margaret Thatcher and Reagan on the world stage.

For the shallow, low IQ, voters that want to vote for Hillary, with the only reason being as to elect a woman, Carly Fiorina is the intelligent option.

Unfortunately, those same shallow, low IQ, voters only voted for Obama because he is black.

So, intelligent options are not their priority.

bu2
bu2

@HotDawg 

Jimmy Carter is very intelligent and articulate.

He has great focus.

He is a wonderful kind-hearted man.


He was the worst president of the last century.


Intelligent and articulate doesn't make you a good person to be president.


I could make similar comments about Barack Obama (skipping the wonderful kind-hearted bit).  He is a worse president than Jimmy.


We need someone who can do more than just sound good.  That's how she got the HP job.  She failed at it.  We need someone with some demonstrated success leading.  That's why governors/former governors are better bets than first term Senators like Obama, Rubio, Cruz and Paul.



cw1960
cw1960

@HotDawg Whatever drugs you're on, you need to cut back because you're experiencing dangerous delusions.

ByteMe
ByteMe

And at 7 pm, she was walking through Atlanta airport and no one seemed to recognize her.

Davidricardo
Davidricardo

@ByteMe Good, enough with the celebrity politicians.


We need a competent leader, not a celebrity.


The irony of your statement is that you recognized her. Perhaps others did also.

MarkVV
MarkVV

If there is something to admire about Carly Fiorina, it is her chutzpah. Here is a candidate calling Hillary Clinton a person without accomplishments, while herself is known for her disastrous career as the former head of Hewlett-Packard Company, the post she was forced to resign, who was ranked by CBS News and USA Today as one of the worst American CEOs of all time, her tenure also being called by InfoWorld as “the sixth worst tech flops of all-time. Curiously, while other candidates were asked about their accomplishments, Ms. Fiorina was not.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

I luvs me some Carly. Don't think she will win the nomination, but she'd be awesome as a VP candidate.

332-206
332-206

You bet. Anyone who can lose to Barbara Boxer by a million votes is Republican catnip...