The Carly Trap
Carly Fiorina is an intellectual. She’s a business-minded, seemingly street-smart political candidate, and doggone it, people like her.
I met her at an election event in 2010 when she ran against the vile Barbara Boxer. I was pleasantly surprised how she actively listened to my enthusiastic diatribe about business leaving California for friendlier environs. Her lower-regulation response tickled my free-market sensibilities.
While there is currently no smart money on Fiorina winning anything other than witty zingers on a GOP debate dais, what she represents as a person, candidate, female and voice of the conservative cause should not be underestimated.
In reality, she is/will become the de facto conservative counterweight to the Hillary 2016 gender war. But her response to identity politics will face tremendous scrutiny. Every word she says will be picked clean by partisans and a Leftist media.
Conservatives must be careful: we are always eager to show the world that the Left does not have a monopoly on enlightenment. To prove we are not racists, sexists, homophobes, or haters of puppies and rainbows, we publicly show our support of those we think are not only viable candidates, but who allow us to counter Leftist propaganda of conservative intolerance.
Carly knows this. She cherishes being in this role, and will maximize it to full effect.
THIS is where she will fall into the trap. She will gain followers, raise money, and attract voters for the same reason Carly says we shouldn’t vote for Hillary: her gender. If she is to play the “gender shouldn’t count” card against Hillary, then she must thread the needle delicately.
If she responds to every reporter’s question with “would you ever ask a man running for President that question?” then her act will get tired quickly. (The linked article is from TechCrunch, which one would think would be supportive due to her Silicon Valley/HPbona fides).
She needs to rise above using her gender while pointing out Hillary has support simply because of hers. It must be done at opportune moments, sparingly.
If she can do this successfully, then maybe we could see her in the next cabinet or, best-case scenario, following the VP nominee footsteps of Ferraro and Palin.