For some reason, I seem to have been put on Carly Fiorina’s mailing list, and this is something her campaign sent out yesterday:

Fox News recently announced how they will select participants for the first presidential campaign debate.

I’ll skip straight to the point: I look forward to participating in the Fox News debate. I’ll make it clear that Iā€™m ready to take on Hillary Clinton.

But I need your help to get on that debate stage. In order to secure an invitation, I need to grow my team of supporters. Will you make a donation of $13 today to help me get on that debate stage?

I’m not sure what the significance of 13 is, though given the enormous amount of superstition that pervades the American electorate, it’s bound to draw some sort of attention. (As it has, for instance, here.)

I am not, of course, voting in the Republican primary, for the most obvious of reasons. That said, Fiorina strikes me as the least annoying GOP candidate thus far: she avoids evasive answers, she’s generally prepared for the questions she’s asked, and she’s about half an order of magnitude tougher than the beta (sometimes gamma) males in the press pool.

At HP, I wasn’t afraid to shake up the status quo. My decisions didn’t always make me popular ā€” but they would ultimately prove to be the right ones.

Real leadership means making tough choices and taking responsibility. Real leadership means standing by your principles and answering the difficult questions. Real leadership means standing by your record, not hiding from it.

I conclude from this that she’ll give short shrift to the “They took err jerbs!” people. And while I’m naturally suspicious of “Government ought to be run like a business” stuff, it’s got to be an improvement over the last couple of decades, in which it’s been run like a fraternity house with no adult supervision.

The skirtwatcher side of me gives her a solid B, not bad for sixty: ahead of Bachmann, behind Palin.

And there’s this:

In the business world, we don’t have the luxury of hiding from our problems until they go away, like Hillary does on the campaign trail. We have to actually accomplish something.

She’s not hiding. She’s simply refusing to acknowledge that such things exist. (And if the Democratic primary in this state comes down to Hillary vs. Bernie, as well it might, I pull the lever for Sanders and smile the whole time.)

I’d still like to know where Fiorina came up with the precise sum of $13.



  1. backwoods conservative »

    20 June 2015 · 5:02 pm

    I may be wrong, but I think 13 is the current number of Republican candidates.

  2. CGHill »

    20 June 2015 · 5:34 pm

    So it only seems like fifty?

  3. backwoods conservative »

    20 June 2015 · 6:05 pm

    At the rate they’re going, it may be fifty before it’s over.

  4. Tatyana »

    21 June 2015 · 8:06 am

    Couple of decades?! Oh, I forgot – it’s all Bush’s fault.

    You show your Dem colors, after all.

  5. McGehee »

    21 June 2015 · 10:08 am

    There are a lot of conservatives (and growing) who had issues with GWB’s contributions to making government bigger. We support ideas, and the party to the extent the party also supports them.

    It’s actually been almost three decades, as we see it.

  6. Tatyana »

    21 June 2015 · 12:21 pm

    I’m a libertarian, not conservative, and I hate statists more than “C”. Still I wouldn’t say GW’s years were characterized by fraternity-house governing when watched side-by-side with Clinton and Obama’s. It is preposterous even to compare 2-time Bush’s terms to the damage done to the country by Obama and his gang of lefty racist nomenclatura.

    Personally, I don’t see a decent R candidate I would vote for except maybe Walker – but I am in the same trench with them so can say that. When I hear a Dem throwing shit at R I want to say: you should talk!
    And that’s a printable part.

  7. McGehee »

    21 June 2015 · 3:09 pm

    Heh. Walker’s been my first choice for a while now, though I hope he’s learned now where the base’s third-rail issues are, and that paid political consultants’ votes amount to a lot less than those of the party base.

  8. backwoods conservative »

    21 June 2015 · 3:23 pm

    Cruz is my favorite. He’s a fighter. Walker has my attention as well, mainly because he has a track record of actually getting reform instead of just talking about it. That was what I admired most about Palin.

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