Sunday, September 20, 2015

Trying To Like Carly Fiorina

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It seems Carly Fiorina barely made it off the ferry dock at Mackinac Island when she was greeted by hundreds of supporters holding bright red "Carly" signs and chanting her name. This was just a preview for the rest of Saturday afternoon and evening for the Republican presidential field's fastest-rising star. At her campaign's first stop at a local bistro Fiorina found it difficult to get through opening remarks without applause and encouragement from her supporters. "It's not that women are better than men --" she said, cut off by a shout of "Yes, you are!" Fiorina then said, "Let me ask you a question -- how many of you saw the debate Wednesday?" The crowd cheered and said, "You won!"

Some task are harder than others, and trying to like Carly Fiorina may prove to be more difficult than first thought. Running up to the election that made Barack Obama our first black President, Americans were able to warm to and even get excited about the idea of electing the young charismatic Senator who vowed to bring about the much needed change that would heal our divided nation. It could be argued that somewhere in the subconscious mind it made many people of non-color feel the issue of racism might finally be laid to rest.

It was with assurances from the media telling us to trust Obama because he was the "real deal" and "something special" that many voters brushed aside concerns about his lack of experience. The media has suddenly embarked in a similar fashion on asking that we take a look at Carly Fiorina. America may soon find we are now being asked to take the "feel good" step into voting for electing a woman for the first time to the top office in the land. This will prove to all mankind that a woman can be just as good and capable as a man. The event that has lead to this is what appeared to be a well rehearsed, but passionate and emotional Planned Parenthood rant. It must be noted the attack was centered on and around a highly edited film clip of questionable truth.

Following her statement during the Republican Presidential debate Carly leaped higher in the polls. On the heels of her strong debate performance Fiorina has shot into second place in the Republican presidential field and Donald Trump has lost some support, a new national CNN/ORC poll shows. The survey, conducted in the three days after 23 million people tuned into Wednesday night's GOP debate on CNN shows that Trump is still the party's front-runner with 24% support. That represents an 8 percentage point decrease from earlier in the month. Fiorina now ranks second with 15% support, this is up from 3% in early September and places her just ahead of Ben Carson's 14% whose support declined from 19% in the previous poll.

I must admit I have to question and am a bit dumbfounded by these poll numbers that drastically shift in the blink of an eye. It calls into question the reliability or accurate online surveys made by companies like SurveyMonkey or it shows I underestimate how fickle and poorly anchored the American public really is. Somewhere out there it would seem to a person of logic that a debate performance that has been described as "steely and at times deeply personal" should not be such a game changer that it suddenly fills the gender gap and washes away the Democrats’ claims of a Republican “war on women.”

After hearing someone say they would vote for Joe Biden for President based on the fact he has been through a tough time and not because his stand on the issues it is amazing that I'm still surprised the public can be easily manipulated. Still it is important to remember that looming out there is Fiorina's jaded history at HP plus a few other stories that haunt her past. Some of her problems appear to be of her own making. Questions will soon begin to surface and the media will play us like a fiddle while generating big ratings in the coming days. Do not expect a "Sweet sweet Carly, world must love you" music video anytime soon, because now that they have pumped her up as a candidate it is very likely the media will begin what they enjoy most, that is tearing her down.

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