HP Commander-in-Chief Test

Another one of John McCain’s Top Economic Advisers (Carly Fiorina; Former CEO of HP) makes an unflattering remark about their candidate leadership abilities.

Speaking on the McGraw Milhaven Show on KTRS in St. Louis, MO Mr. Milhaven had nothing, but praise for Ms. Fiorina’s corporate bootstrap story, before she was ousted from HP.

Then Milhaven asked Fiorina if “she thinks Palin had the experience to be President?”

I guess her answer wasn’t clear enough for him so he changed the question to “Do you think Sarah Palin has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett-Packard?

Now you would think she would tout the party-line, but she spoke freely in her comments.

CARLY FIORINA: “No, I don’t, but you know what? That’s not what she is running for.”

I agree with you, she’s running for Vice-President of a country. Now if you, a former CEO of a major company think that your own candidate and his running mate do not have the skill to run a company, how can you say they can run a country? The budget of a major company is not the size of the budget for a country. I would believe it would be easier to run a company.

What’s bad is that once you realize your blunder you didn’t stop talking. Returning to the McCain campaign message, Fiorina went on to say she found it “quite stunning actually” that the Obama campaign was questioning Palin’s executive experience.


That’s like Sen. Obama asking me to be his running mate. You can guarantee I’m going to say something a bit “too real” for some American’s comfort level and completely derail the campaign. Plus, I haven’t been the mayor of a small city, although I have seriously thought about it. But that shouldn’t stop me for becoming the Vice-President shouldn’t it?


Later in the day, Fiorina went on TV to defend her comment, which was largely perceived to have been harmful to McCain/Palin while they continue to struggle to prove or fool everyone that he is the best steward of the nations troubled economy. (Please See Post Titled “McCainonomics Fundamentals” to learn of a few of John’s economics thoughts.)

She was brave enough to appear on MSNBC, not to flip was she said or changes the “fundamentals” of what she said. She went on there and didn’t retract her remark but went on to add others to the list of people who also could not run Hewlett-Packard. Of course she included Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joseph Biden, but they also included McCain, as well.

Perhaps that’s part of the reason why she’s the FORMER CEO of HP, but I would admit that I may have a little bit of bias against HP since I’m a Mac Guy.

Carly, why don’t you just send the Obama/Biden Campaign a gift card and call it a day, but I guess my nothing beats the gift of words.

I can only rephrase the words of Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the Obama/Biden Campaign, “If John McCain’s top economic adviser doesn’t think he can run a corporation, how in the Hell do you think he run the largest economy in the world in the midst of a financial crisis?”

By-the-way, this is the same woman who said that actress Tina Fey’s satire of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was sexist. So I guess Tina was being sexist against herself. They will say anything thing regardless of how stupid it sounds or how false the statement.

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