Courtesy of BackChannel:
During Carly Fiorina’s triumphant performance in the wretched carnival that was the second Republican debate, she picked the perfect moment to play the Steve Jobs card. The subject had turned to her tenure as the CEO of HP, the single aspect of her resume that vaguely qualifies her as a presidential candidate. Industry observers have contended that she did her job poorly, and, indeed, when the board dismissed her in 2005, HP’s stock price rose by seven percent. Meanwhile, Fiorina fell to earth with the aid of a $40 million golden parachute.
Her comeback to this at the debate? Steve Jobs was on her side! She shared a story — which may well be true — about how Apple’s late CEO had called to remind her that he had been fired as well, and it wasn’t the end of the world.
So Carly was playing the Steve Jobs is my friend card. However, Jobs really, really, really fleeced her (and HP). As Stephen Levy sums up, and you should read his article…
In short, Fiorina’s “good friend” Steve Jobs blithely mugged her and HP’s shareholders. By getting Fiorina to adopt the iPod as HP’s music player, Jobs had effectively gotten his software installed on millions of computers for free, stifled his main competitor, and gotten a company that prided itself on invention to declare that Apple was a superior inventor. And he lost nothing, except the few minutes it took him to call Carly Fiorina and say he was sorry she got canned.
Those considering pulling a ballot lever for Fiorina should consider what she told me in January 2004 about why she thought Apple went to her for the iPod deal: “I think what Apple saw is an innovative company that they respected.” But Jobs and Apple apparently had a different view. As that aforementioned source told me, “We knew we were snowing them the entire time!”
Not an encouraging precedent for a person who wants to deal with Vladimir
And this on Planned Parenthood courtesy of Fox News: (Sorry)
Friday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with Planned Parenthood’s Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens just days after the organization’s President, Cecile Richards, appeared at a contentious hearing in Washington DC…
***** COLMES: Let me just finish up by asking your about Carly Fiorina. As this has become a political football during this Presidential race, she’s out there continuing to claim that these videos are real, they’re accurate, that Planned Parenthood is doing this and in spite of having been shown otherwise, she continues to double, triple and quadruple down.
LAGUENS: Happily I’m raised in the South. And hopefully with good manners.
COLMES: So you’re going to be polite, OK.
LAGUENS: Well I don’t think there’s unfortunately any other way to say it but Carly Fiorina is lying. And there are political reasons I believe that she continues, as you say, to double and triple down on this lie related to the nature of the Republican primary election. And that she really got so far out on a limb, that there is almost no way to crawl back. However, I think unfortunately for her, the facts are so against her, and so many people who have looked for this mystery tape that she is talking about, that purportedly shows Planned Parenthood doing things that Planned Parenthood does not do, that people across this country know Planned Parenthood does not do, she will probably end up falling off that limb and so I think this is going to be part of her ultimate downfall and that it will show a pattern of deception, certainly as it regards to Planned Parenthood.
Fiorina really needs to be pounded by the media for continuing with these lies. She is a very nasty piece of work.