I knew of Carly Fiorina from her historic position as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She came she did what CEO's do when trying to fix fledging companies and she went.
When Carly decided to double down on her big-time achievements and go after the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination I gave the decision a glance and yawn. I tagged it "another private sector CEO wanting to dabble in politics" and kept it moving.
Then Carly Fiorina kept coming up in serious political conversations and analysis.
The first Fox hosted 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee debate relegated Carly to the off the cuff non-primetime debate-ergo she didn't make the big show. I yawned. Hey, the 2016 Presidential contest already had a female heavyweight - Hillary Clinton. and if Fiorino did manage to somehow be there in the final Dem vs. Repub showdown one on one well Hillary or whoever would take care of that.
I redact my assumptions about Hillary. She's got some serious issues untangling that whole private email mess. I redact my blase attitude toward Fiorina.
Amidst Hillary's email debacle, and Donald Trump throwing shade about Fiorina's face (the lady's cute) Fiorina classily stuck to her agenda and game plan and got herself invited the 2nd big debate show hosted by CNN.
Classy Carly pounced on the opportunity. She not only drew bouts of applause during the US Republican debate Wednesday over her stances on foreign policy, marijuana, and defunding Planned Parenthood, she took the wind out of Donald Trump.
She encountered straight up attacks from Trump over her muddled track record as chief of HP—in which she oversaw mass layoffs and earned the moniker “Carly Scissorhands”— she maintained her momentum and pose.
On that "look at that face" shade Trump threw in a Rolling Stone Magazine interview she flipped that script and made a lot of women wonder why they are or would get behind Trump.
On Trump’s comment in a Rolling Stone cover story (in which he remarked: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”)
Fiorina stoically responded “I think women all over this country heard really clearly what Mr. Trump said.”.
She left it at that. Classic.
Carly came with substance relative to the issues Trump and a lot of other candidates were flat on.
The big finish for Carly was when she took the opportunity to address racism, inequality, misogyny, and selective justice.
Thus the title of this post: Carly Fiorina Just Won a Boatload of Black, Latino, and Female Support.
What did she say?
I think what this nation can be and must be is symbolized by Lady Liberty and Lady Justice. Lady Liberty stands tall and strong. She is clear-eyed and resolute. She doesn't shield her eyes from the realities of the world, but she faces outward into the world nevertheless, as we always must.That right there - is real talk that a lot of people of color, women, folks living in poverty were waiting to hear.
And she holds her torch high, because she knows she is a beacon of hope in a very troubled world.
And Lady Justice, Lady Justice holds a sword by her side, because she is a fighter, a warrior for the values and the principles that have made this nation great. She holds a scale in her other hand. And with that scale she says all of us are equal in the eyes of God. And so all of us must be equal in the eyes of the law and the government, powerful and powerless alike.
And she wears a blindfold. And with that blindfold she is saying to us that it must be true, it can be true that in this country, in this century, it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter what you look like, it doesn't matter how you start, it doesn't matter your circumstances, here in this nation, every American's life must be filled with the possibilities that come from their God-given gifts.
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. - Carly Fiorino 9-16-15
That folks was Fiorino's final punch that won her that debate and a whole boatload of new support.
Read a full transcript of the second 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee debate HERE.