I generally believe that the highest office in the land should not be one’s first elected office. Politics like any other profession requires skill sets and relationships that are unique to that profession. I do not care if the candidate is successful in business or a billionaire. The Trump has a brashness that may have served him well in business that will not serve him or us well in the White House. The last president we had with a successful business background but no previous elected office was Herbert Hoover.
Yet, I remain impressed with Carly Fiorina. She has a grace that is clearly not in The Trump’s vocabulary, yet is willing to fight. She handles herself well in hostile environments, and even seeks them out. She is self made and has not risen on the coat tails of her husband like the other woman in the race. She has risen though adversity and loss. She has retained the humility of a good leader, yet speaks clearly on her position.
Glenn Harland Reynolds interviews her in Carly Fiorina, the other woman in The USA Today:
“We help the middle class when we unburden them from the very policies that Hillary Clinton would double down on. She champions Big Government, which we know enables crony capitalism and exacerbates inequality. If you are wealthy, powerful and well-connected, you can handle Big Government. If you are small and powerless, you are getting crushed by things like our colossal, 70,000-page tax code. I have advocated for rolling back regulations, simplifying the tax code and moving to zero-based budgeting — policies that will support small businesses and raise up the middle class.”
“As CEO of Hewlett-Packard, chair of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and adviser to several secretaries of Defense, I have negotiated many deals. So I know that President Obama broke all of the rules of good negotiating and, as a consequence, he achieved none of his stated goals. As president, I would roll back the deal with Iran and restore our trusted friendship with Israel.
“Our allies in the Middle East know that the Islamic State is their fight — and they have asked for very specific things to help push back against ISIL. The Egyptians have asked for intelligence and the Jordanians for bombs and materiel. We must give our allies the help they need to confront and defeat this evil.”