Friday, October 09, 2009
Carly Fiorina on Sarah Palin
I was at a business meeting last night where Carly Fiorina spoke. First, let there be no doubt, she's running for Senate. That's clear.
Her prepared remarks were somewhat flat. She gave a detailed description on leadership that was fairly pedestrian. She presented herself as someone who knows leadership from personal experience and finds it sorely lacking in Washington. No surprise for a Republican running for statewide office. I have to say she was better in the Q&A session....mostly.
What was a surprise was her inability, or unwillingness, to evaluate our best known political leaders on their leadership qualities. She was asked whether she thought Barack Obama was a leader. She said it was too soon to tell.
But most interestingly, she was asked whether Sarah Palin displayed leadership qualities. The question was asked in apparent sincerity, but her physical reaction seemed to suggest that she considered it a hostile question.
Here's her response, word for word, in its entirety:
"I've never met Sarah Palin. Next question."
This from the General Chairwoman of the McCain Campaign. There was an audible buzz around the room and then she added:
"As Winston Churchill said, 'there are not inappropriate questions, only inappropriate answers.'"