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Remember When Carly was the Catty One?

Catty Carly
Catty Carly

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.

 

12 Comments

  1. Cynthia mae Curran Cynthia mae Curran September 17, 2015

    What company has not send jobs overseas. Apple has china make their iphone. Trump the great jobs Republican hires a lot of workers on guest worker visas including management. I prefer her over Trump even if Trump makes immigration and trade his most important things since she seems better on foreign policy which can be a plus or minus if you avoid getting into conflict like George W Bush did. The only one is on your side Bernie Sanders that opposes sending jobs overseas or using a lot of guest workers.

    • RHackett RHackett September 17, 2015

      The difference is those CEO’s are not running for president.

  2. junior junior September 18, 2015

    To refer to any woman as “catty” is demeaning and misogynistic.

    • Vern Vern September 19, 2015

      What about referring to some dude as a dick?

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 20, 2015

        Ok Vern, you’re a dick.

        • Greg Diamond Greg Diamond September 20, 2015

          What do you know? That really WAS demeaning!

          (But, Vern was not the one demeaned.)

          • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 20, 2015

            Says the man with thin skin

            • Greg Diamond Greg Diamond September 20, 2015

              2011: “Waaaaah, some anonymous person is calling me the Northwood Night Stalker!”

              2015: “Aaaaaah, many (supposedly) anonymous people are viciously attacking the person who calls me out under his own name, and I’m sooooo happy to have the support!”

              “Thin skin.” That’s funny.

              • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 21, 2015

                Glad you find amusement where you can. But I chuckle every time I see a new name pop up on comments that criticize you knowing the first thing you do is run an Internet search on that name

                • Greg Diamond Greg Diamond September 21, 2015

                  Don’t be amused. I’m looking, generally in vain, for the ones that appear to be real. In law, we call that “doing due diligence.” You can ask your lawyer why I’d be doing that.

  3. Vern Vern September 19, 2015

    Ah, I remember those days – and that incident – well; at the time we had a blogger – apparently a close aide to “Queen Meg” Whitman – named The Royaliste, who documented the whole thing. Big Dan doesn’t allow “blog-whoring” aka linking, but the whole story can be found if you google Royaliste Queen Meg assault. Here’s a bit:

    “It’s obvious that these vulgar American colonists, as they approach the end of their failed 200-year-plus experiment in self-rule, have utterly forgotten the entire concept of the Divine Right of Kings and Queens. And more than that, their image of female royalty seems to come from legends of effete, delicate waifs a la Marie Antoinette. With Queen Meg they are in for a rude awakening! Bursting with animal vitality, perpetually a hair’s-breadth away from an explosion of violent fury, and reared from infancy on vats of beef pudding and ale, Her Highness is on a constant quest to prove her physical prowess against any who may accidentally cross her.

    “In recent years she had seemed to have mellowed somewhat with age, but the hecticness and pressure of this gubernatorial campaign have brought back the old Pugilist Queen in spades. Just yesterday – don’t tell a soul! – it took six of us AND a taser to pull her off of Princess Carly (who had made some catty, insolent remark about Her Majesty’s hairstyle.) …”

  4. Vern Vern September 19, 2015

    Seriously though, on Carly and that last debate, she TOTALLY lied about what was in the Planned Parenthood videos. She looked passionate and convincing. Maybe she really WAS confused with some older video that had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood. But so far only MSNBC viewers know about that lie, and it’s good to let the rest of the world know.

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