From Paul Mirengoff on Powerline:
Our friend Dave Begley has been running the rule over the Republican presidential field as it passes through Council Bluffs, Iowa and other venues not far from Omaha, Nebraska where Dave resides. We are proud to have featured his excellent reports on Power Line.
Now, Dave has settled on a favorite candidate — Carly Fiorina. He explains why here.
Dave argues that we need an “outsider” president. I agree that of the three GOP candidates who have never held elective office, Fiorina is the best choice.
Dave skillfully compares the kinds of duties Fiorina had to perform as CEO of Hewlett-Packard with some of those that would be required of her as president. He also defends her record at HP, which I too believe holds up to scrutiny, though perhaps just barely.
Personally, I’m less comfortable than Dave with nominating a total outsider. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and some of the remaining governors seem sufficiently “outside” to me. However, I agree that Fiorina is an impressive figure, and she is on my short list of favorite candidates.
To quote from Mr Begley’s endorsement article:
Grant me dear reader a slight indulgence. On November 15th of this year, my teacher, mentor and friend Fr. John P. Schlegel, S.J. passed away. He was assigned to Creighton University three times and last served as its President for over a decade. During his time as Creighton’s President, he raised nearly $500 million. Most people probably know Creighton for having a pretty good basketball team but it is way more. Through his enormous talent he transformed my alma mater and Omaha. He was a friend to students and millionaires alike. He said Mass regularly and feed the homeless. He was an athlete and scholar. He focused all of his ability to become a man for others and Carly has that “others” focus. She doesn’t use “I” or “me” constantly like the current President. She appears to me to be sincerely interested in making America a better place for average persons. How novel.
Some people are simply exceptional, and Carly Fiorina is one of them. If she is elected President, there will be a few — probably not many! — times I would disagree with her policies, but one thing I can guarantee will never occur: I would never think that Mrs Fiorina brought together a policy because she didn’t have the country’s best interests at heart.
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Will she make mistakes as President? Of course she will: every
President makes mistakes. But she is diligent, hard-working, detail oriented and a very intelligent woman who will be neither intimidated nor buffaloed by lobbyists, opponents or staffers, and this will reduce the probability of poor decisions. All Presidents have all of the information they can ever need available to them to take their decisions, but some Presidents, including our current one, don’t pay attention to the information they have, and listen only to the sycophants; Mrs Fiorina doesn’t do that, and aides who come to the table without having done their homework will soon be seeking other employment. All Presidents come into office with some preconceived ideas, and Mrs Fiorina would be no exception to that, but wise
Presidents study the information and listen to other smart people who have done their homework before actually taking their decisions, and that is the kind of President Mrs Fiorina would be.
Most Presidents are faced with tough decisions that they never expected: the elder President Bush with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the younger President Bush with the September 11th attacks, and President Obama with the rise of Da’ish and other Islamist groups. Those were not situations those men had anticipated when running for President, but they were the situations with which they had to deal. This was the idea behind the famous “3:00 AM phone call” advertisement Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign advertisement used; too bad that she proved that, as Secretary of State, she was completely incapable of handling the 3:00 PM phone call as far as Benghazi was concerned. If she is elected President, I have no doubt that Mrs Fiorina will be able to take that call, and handle whatever situation is presented to her intelligently and efficiently.
Finally, Mrs Fiorina understands the American economy in ways that, quite frankly, most Americans, and most elected officials, do not. Leading AT&T’s spin-off of Lucent Technologies as well as being CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Mrs Fiorina had the hard, first hand lessons in how business works in our economy, lessons only hinted at in business school, but learned in the real world. One of our greatest, but most unappreciated Presidents, Calvin Coolidge, once said, “the chief business of the American people is business.” The left and the silly “99%ers” seem to think that prosperity is simply a a given, and that if they don’t have it individually, then someone, somewhere, is robbing them. Politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, seem to think that the government can somehow control the economy; businessmen know that the most that the government can do is to get out of the way, or get in the way, and that, far too often, the politicians think that it is their function to choose who will win, and who will lose, in the economy. Mrs Fiorina understands that the role of government in business is to make and enforce only those regulations necessary for public and individual safety, and to otherwise allow businesses to succeed and grow, or fail and fall, on their own; Mrs Fiorina understands that the vast majority of Americans who have jobs work for private businesses, and any government interference in business beyond what is absolutely necessary is a government interference which will cost businesses money, and people their jobs. That is what grows the economy, and that is what creates more jobs.
Is Mrs Fiorina the perfect candidate? Will she make the perfect President? No, of course not; no one on earth is perfect, and only people on earth who will never make another mistake are already dead. But Mrs Fiorina is the best combination of conservative beliefs and leadership ability who is running for President. She is perhaps less forceful than Ted Cruz in enunciating conservative statements, but she is no less a conservative in policy; she might be a bit less erudite than Marco Rubio in her statements on foreign policy leadership, but she has the demonstrated record of actually getting things done. She doesn’t throw out the “red meat” statements which get Donald Trump so much attention, but she understands policy far, far better, and she is someone we can actually trust.
Right now, Mrs Fiorina is lagging in the polls, having slipped since her performances in the first two debates gave her a surge; she needs to win in the debate on CNN on December 15th to regain momentum. But while I cannot be certain that she is the best presidential candidate, I do know that of all the people running, she would make the best President.