My Republican friends are so impressed with how well former HP CEO Carly Fiorina did at the Republican debate last night especially in responding to what Donald Trump said about her face a short time ago. Let’s not forget that when she ran against Barbara Boxer for Senate in 2010, it was Fiorina who was the catty one.
Carly was miked for a live TV appearance with a station in Sacramento and didn’t know her microphone was live.
From the story: “New Senate nominee Carly Fiorina (R-CA) was caught in an unfortunate open mic incident today, mocking her rival Sen. Barbara Boxer’s hair, complaining about Fox’s Sean Hannity and even talking about cheeseburgers she wished she’d eaten the night before.
Fiorina, who won a 3-way primary last night, was preparing for an interview with CNN affiliate KXTV this morning and chatting with her aides. In a several-minute chat with the camera rolling that CNN posted online, Fiorina mocks Boxer’s hairdo. Laughing, Fiorina tells her staff that someone had seen Boxer on television and “said what everyone says, ‘God what is that hair?’ So yesterday!”
As far as Fiorina goes, her record as a CEO was pretty awful so making the case for commander-in-chief is weak at best and as more people discover her record at HP, the thought of her in the Oval Office should frighten anyone.
At HP, the Fiscal Times reports that Fiorina:
“A decade after her departure from HP, her legacy is far more questionable than that line suggests. By the time she was forced out of HP after 5 1/2 tumultuous years — and one long, bruising proxy battle to cement the ultimately unsuccessful mega-merger with Compaq Computer — HP’s shares were worth less than half what they had been when she took over. A devastating 2005 analysis by Fortune’s Carol Loomis concluded that Fiorina’s merger with Compaq had failed to deliver value for shareholders and failed to position HP to compete better in a rapidly evolving tech world.
“This was a big bet that didn’t pay off, that didn’t even come close to attaining what Fiorina and HP’s board said was in store,” Loomis wrote. And a competing website that Fiorina’s camp neglected to register — CarlyFiorina.org — on Monday featured row after row of frown-face emoticons to represent the 30,000 people Fiorina laid off in her time at HP.
Fiorina and others have argued that she laid the groundwork for some of HP’s progress under her successors and that she shook up a hidebound culture that needed to be remade to compete in the Internet Age. “Carly was brought in to catalyze a transformation of HP. She did that in a remarkable fashion,” Patricia Dunn, the HP board member who would become the company’s chairwoman after Fiorina’s ouster, said at the time. “Looking forward, we think the job is very reliant on hands-on execution, and we thought a new set of capabilities was called for.”
So before you rail against Donald Trump for being catty about Carly, let’s not forget she’s catty too.