The evidence is mounting that Carly Fiorina is making the left nervous. Her latest assault on the left, according to a Tuesday story in Time Magazine, blamed environmentalists for the water crisis in California. In response, the New Republic published a piece comparing Fiorina to Sarah Palin though not in a good way. Both are strong women of some accomplishment coming from the right side of the political spectrum. Therefore, Fiorina must be destroyed.
Fiorina, like Palin in 2012, is rumored to be a presidential candidate for 2016. She has been making speeches around the country that have made people stand up and take notice, for instance taking apart President Obama’s Iran deal. However, most political insiders doubt that she will make a viable presidential candidate, if only because the White House is not an entry-level political job.
However, whoever gets the Republican nod in 2016 could do worse than to consider Fiorina for the vice presidency. She is not only a strong, charismatic woman of some accomplishment, but she might be the basis for a play for California’s huge amount of electoral votes, which have been out of reach for Republicans since the 1980s. She compares all too favorably to Democratic women superstars such as Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren.
The scenario goes something like this: The drought persists in California into the 2016 campaign season. California voters begin to feel discontented over the state government’s ham-handed attempts to deal with the crisis, consisting of more and more rationing measurers. Those measures, by the way, are seen to be corrupt, with major Democratic donors being largely exempted. The California state government eschews long-term fixes, such as more desalination plants.
Enter Fiorina, who puts together a sensible, market-oriented plan to deal with the water crisis and makes it and other reforms the basis of her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. California voters, parched and aggravated, start to turn to the GOP for the first time in a generation. If the Democrats lose in California, they cannot win the presidency.
One Sarah Palin has been an oppression for the left since, despite snark to the contrary, the former governor from Alaska has been an effective campaigner in rallying the tea party base. Two Sarah Palins would be too much. Therefore, Fiorina delenda est, to paraphrase Cato the Elder. The left’s war on women, at least one particular woman, will be terrible to behold.