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If Carly Fiorina were male, she would be regarded in national politics as an anti-Clinton crony capitalist who mismanaged a company when she was its CEO, was terminated by the company’s board of directors, was criticized for flying around in multiple corporate jets as she laid off many thousands of workers, became outrageously wealthy as a performance reward for the performance that led to her removal, and then turned her attention to politics which led to her being overwhelmingly defeated by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in 2010, which was a banner year for other Republicans!

For those who doubt me about the qualifications of Fiorina for the presidency, I propose you Google the words “Carly Fiorina Hewlett-Packard,” where one can read story after story about her performance during the highest level job she has ever held, and the reasons for her removal from that job.

{mosads}Looks to me like Fiorina is the designated hatchet woman to attack Hillary Clinton, and if she were a male, the GOP would have to find another woman to play this role, and Fiorina would not be considered by any serious person to be commander in chief. If she were to manage the American economy the way she managed the business of Hewlett-Packard — and don’t take my word for it, take the word of those who removed her as CEO — heaven help American business and workers!

The Republicans have many women who are superbly qualified for high office. I have written about Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), whom I predict will be on the short list of GOP possibilities for vice president on the 2016 ticket, and who earned that place through serious and highly regarded work. I would add New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, who should also be on the GOP’s short list for vice president because of her highly competent and skilled service as governor.

As for Fiorina, she will not be nominated for any national political position in 2016 for reasons that will be obvious after a quick google of “Carly Fiorina Hewlett-Packard.” An anti-Clinton hatchet woman, sure, for a few more months. If you want a vice president or president for the GOP future, consider Kelly Aytotte or Susana Martinez because as an old commercial once said, they have earned it “the old-fashioned way,” in ways that Carly Fiorina has not.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at

Tags 2016 presidential election 2016 Republican primary Carly Fiorina Hewlett-Packard Hillary Clinton Kelly Ayotte Susan Martinez

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