During the last Republican debate, Carly Fiorina (R-HP) got a lot of attention for emotionally describing having seen a gruesome abortion video from Planned Parenthood. There was a problem with her deeply-emotional statement, though -- the video doesn't exist.
Chris Wallace of "Fox News" (yes, Fox News, no less) bluntly confronted Miss Fiorina with this reality "First of all," he began, "do you acknowledge what every fact checker has found, that as horrific as that scene is, it was only described on the video by someone who claimed to have seen it? There is no actual footage of the [abortion] incident that you just mentioned?" And how did she respond? "No, I don’t accept that at all. I’ve seen the footage."
Let us repeat what Mr. Wallace accurately said: every fact checker has found that...there is no actual footage of the incident. She can't have seen the footage. It doesn't exist. When her own campaign was asked to provide evidence, they didn't. Because they couldn't. Because the footage does not exist. But there is Carly Fiorina looking into the camera and saying "I've seen the footage." That doesn't exist.
Coming next from Ms. Fiorina: "I see dead people."
By the way, how shameless is Carly Fiorina? (It's almost painful for me to type this.) On Tuesday, at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma City, she said the following. Honest, she really said this. Hold on a second while I take a breath first and steady my typing fingers --
"Somebody once asked me, 'What's the difference between business and politics?' And here's the difference: Politics is a fact-free zone. People just say things. The thing is, business is not a fact-free zone. In fact, business is a fact-filled zone. So as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, I had to stand every 90 days and defend our results in excruciating detail. And if I misrepresented those results in any way, I could be held criminally liable. Now, just suppose for a moment that anyone else running for president was held criminally liable for anything they said."
Yeah, just suppose. For starters, Carly Fiorina wouldn't just have been fired from the campaign, like she was at Hewlett-Packard, she'd be in prison.
But no, she couldn't stop there. She had to figure out a way to somehow explain away why she was not only fired from HP, but was the first CEO in company history ever to be fired. So, she added -- "When you lead, when you challenge the status quo, you make enemies."
Note: when you ruin a company, you make enemies, too.
During her time in charge of Hewlett-Packard, the company lost half its value. (And it wasn't because the economy was bad. Several other computer and tech companies did quite well during that time, like Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle. Dell rose 11%. Lexmark went up 29%. And the very next day after she was let go, how did the investment community react? Hewlett-Packward stock skyrocketed up a remarkable 7-percent.
And the difference between business and politics, she says, trying to be holier than her low-life competitors and hope you won't notice if she sashays enough that she's worse? "People just say things."
Really. Carly Fiorina -- the person who said she saw a damning video that doesn't, in fact, exist -- actually said that.
I'm looking forward to seeing if she takes a bold step and names her choice for a vice-presidential running mate, in case she gets the nomination. I want to see if it's Pinocchio.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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