McCain and Palin couldn’t run HP; how can they run the country?

McCain/Palin (combine it and shorten it and move some letters around, it becomes “Pain”) surrogate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP was asked in a radio interview today if Sarah Palin had the skills to run a large company (like HP). Fiorina’s answer: No, she doesn’t. (Carly must be speaking from experience.)

And in realizing she stepped in it, Carly went on MSNBC to explain the remark and used the other foot for her mouth to say McCain couldn’t run a large company either.  Now a multi-billion dollar company like HP is akin to the corner store that is the Walmart the Federal Government is with its multi-trillion budget.  If Pain, er McCain/Palin can’t run a big company, just how does anyone think they can run the US?  If you can’t manage the corner store, you can’t manage a Walmart.


More after the jump:

My guess is we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot less of Carly as we move closer to 11/4; and its a shame really.  Its the first time in weeks someone from the McCain campaign told the truth.

from the story:

“Carly will now disappear,” this source said. “Senator McCain was furious.” (oh goody, think about that and think about his finger on the button) Asked to define “disappear,” this source said, adding that she would be off TV for a while (Gitmo?) – but remain at the Republican National Committee and keep her role as head of the party’s joint fundraising committee with the McCain campaign.

Fiorina was booked for several TV interviews over the next few days, including one on CNN. Those interviews have been canceled.

A third source said “it was another bad day for her, and important people are mad because the timing is horrible… But I would not necessarily buy the Siberia (Palin can see it from her house) storyline.”

Fiorina has forced the campaign off message before. In July, she told reporters women often express frustration over the fact many health insurance plans cover Viagra but not birth control medication.

“Let me give you a real, live example, which I’ve been hearing a lot about from women. There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won’t cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice,” she said.

It was a topic McCain wasn’t as keen to talk about. “I certainly do not want to discuss that issue,” he said, when reporters asked if he shared that view.” That comment, and the pause that preceded it, captured headlines for days.


  5 comments for “McCain and Palin couldn’t run HP; how can they run the country?

  1. junior
    September 16, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    “McCain/Palin (combine it and shorten it and move some letters around, it becomes “Pain”) ”

    Gee-whiz Dan, how long did it take you to come up with that clever little gem of humor? Let me help you out – “McPain” would have been much funnier.

  2. spo
    September 17, 2008 at 7:32 am

    This is so bogus. HP faces cutthroat competition, constantly changing product technology, and customers who are able to choose whether or not to buy its products. How exactly is this like the US government?

    Yesterday it was doctored photos of McCain in lipstick, today it’s false analogies. I thought we were supposed to be seeing a new kind of politics from the Democrats this year?

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    September 17, 2008 at 8:35 am

    “HP faces cutthroat competition”

    and the US doesn’t? Analogies for running a large company and a large country seem to work pretty well with the exception of deploying a thermonuclear device on the competition.

    As for seeing a new kind of politics from the Democrats this year, well, we’re not going to take any below the belt shots anymore. For a movement that thinks “Obama Waffles” are funny, I wouldn’t bitch about lipstick on McCain.

  4. spo
    September 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Not only couldn’t McCain & Palin run HP, Obama and Biden couldn’t either. Fiorina herself tried to run HP and failed miserably.

    This is the first time it has ever crossed my mind to possibly vote Democratic. The Republicans have been such a disaster for 8 years. McCain is a terrible candidate and probably would be a worse leader. Obama is such a great speaker and his whole story is pretty inspiring.

    But all we’re getting is more nonsense, more ad hominem attacks, more immature unfunny garbage.

  5. Lefty
    September 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    “A little slow on the uptake” – is not a desirable atribute in a Fortune 500 CEO.

    Is McCain finally now starting to realize our economy is in SERIOUS TROUBLE?

    New campaign slogan idea = duhhhhhh.

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