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MYTH OR REALITY: Is Carly Fiorina the New 'Establishment GOP' Candidate?
In the CNN debate, the pundits and polls had Carly Fiorina cleaning every candidate's clock, even the ones that were disassembled and put in a case made to look like a bomb... Too soon?
Because she made Trump look, well...lame, many people in the "Establishment media" have since designated her as the one candidate who can give him a run for his money. This has led to a "consensus" that Carly Fiorina is part of the "establishment." I hereby nominate this paragraph for Best Use of Quotation Marks.
Firstly, "consensus" means crap. If we all agreed that Donald Trump's hair was in fact a toupee, that doesn't mean his hair is a toupee. If we all agreed that Ben Carson is secretly part of an underground campaign to overthrow the government and institute a new order of soft-speaking and free nitrous oxide for everyone who needs to take chill, that doesn't make it true. Though plausible.
Truth is not governed by consensus.
NOTE: Let me preface by saying that I could vote in clear conscience for anyone in the GOP primary not named Trump, Jeb, Kasich, Pataki or Graham. No one's perfect, but we've got a lot of good choices. Now, on with the show.
A few problems with the concept of Carly being "establishment."
Though she's run for the senate in California, she's not part of the political class, mostly because, granted, her senate run crashed and burned. Bearing in mind that California is a socialist state that's two sashays away from being America's version of China, and keeping in mind that she lost by 12 points to Barbara Boxer while practically bald, post-double-mesectamy.... that's not all bad. I know I'd put it on my resume.
Outside of that, beyond consulting positions, Fiorina hasn't held political office. Her candidacy was announced to very little fanfare, money or press. I've heard it argued that Fiorina worked on McCain's campaign... so?
So did Sarah Palin. I rarely hear people referring to Palin as "establishment." Also, keep in mind that the guy she's running against donated six figures to the Clintons, supported Hillary's senate run, had the Clintons at his daughter's wedding and personally spoke with Bill Clinton the week he announced his bid. But we can't talk about that.
But having acted as an advisor to McCain... that's the real problem here? Even then, being a "former advisor to a not-very Conservative Republican candidate" doesn't prove that someone is a shadow operative for "the establishment." She still wasn't backed by any key players in the GOP when announcing her candidacy. None. Zero. Nada.
As a matter of fact, Fiorina was such a long-shot she wasn't even included on the main stage at the FoxNews debate, and after seeing a huge jump in the polls based on her performance, she still had to personally lobby CNN to include her in the next debate.
Even then, for the first half of the debate, Jake Tapper cut her off whenever he could, and only when she forced herself through, talking over all his "Thank you, Ms. Fiorina," did she begin to see the light of day.
The "establishment" money was always going to Jeb Bush. Everyone knew it, we all saw it. It's not been going to Fiorina. So when people say that Carly is "establishment," to what are they referring?
- The Republican Party, for whom she's never held elected office?
- FoxNews, who kept her off the main stage?
- CNN... who tried to keep her off the main stage?
- AM radio hosts (the "establishment" of Conservative media, mind you) who've flip-flopped in their recent support of Trump in order to continue with his ratings goldmine?
- Perhaps the "Conservative" websites who've all but unofficially endorsed Trump to keep the clicks coming?
What's more realistic to believe? That Fiorina was a secret conspiracy from "the establishment" all along, designed to destroy Trump's presidential run, all the while not supporting her financially, morally or publicly?
Or that maybe, just maybe, Trump is great for ratings and people on the right are tearing a page from the left... by deliberately misleading some lower information voters as to who is "Conservative" and who is "establishment."
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