To call Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate a train wreck would be an understatement. It was nothing more than 11 individuals standing on a stage trying to stick out in a ridiculously overcrowded field of some of the worst presidential candidates this country has ever witnessed.
Well, besides how absolutely awful the “debate” was, another common theme that emerged from Wednesday night is that Carly Fiorina apparently “won” the evening. Now to be fair, she was probably the most well-prepared and disciplined candidate of the bunch. She was very outspoken and clearly intended to take on Donald Trump whenever she got the chance. Many Republicans have been begging for someone to finally hit him hard, and she gave them exactly what they were looking for.
There’s just one small problem – she’s completely full of crap.
Aside from essentially saying she would likely start WWIII with the Russians if she were elected president, nearly everything else that came out of her mouth was nothing but empty talking points. What I saw on that stage wasn’t a presidential candidate at a debate, it was a well-rehearsed businesswoman. All she needed was a Power Point presentation and a laser pointer.
While her interaction with Trump was what most media pundits focused on in the aftermath, I personally think her most “noteworthy” comment of the night came when she decided to try to slander Planned Parenthood.
“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'”
Oh sure, that’s a very graphic and powerful statement. Once again, there’s just one slight problem – that video does not exist.
Absolutely nowhere in any of the videos released by radical Center for Medical Progress is there anything even remotely close to what Fiorina described during the debate. The closest thing Politifact found during their investigation pertained to a single account from one woman who claimed she saw a fetus with a beating heart – with absolutely no mention about needing to keep it “alive” to harvest its brain.
However, I do have a bone to pick with Politifact on this one. Somehow they only gave Fiorina’s comment a rating of Mostly False, when there’s not a shred of truth to anything she said. There’s no video of a fetus with a beating heart kicking its legs on a table nor did anyone every say they wanted to keep a fetus “alive” to harvest its brain. I’m really confounded as to how this comment didn’t get rated a Pants on Fire rating considering there was no factual basis to anything she said.
Other than that, for most of the night, Fiorina spewed a whole lot of really well articulated nothingness and flat-out lies. Can any of her supporters pinpoint a single policy she actually outlined from her campaign? Well, that is, aside from her disturbing desire to trigger WWIII.
Heck, she even tried to boast about her time as CEO of HP. You know, the company she was fired from in 2005. She took a powerhouse tech company and nearly ran it into the ground. While she slashed thousands of jobs, shipping many overseas to China, she gave herself a nice hefty raise and bought a massive yacht and several private jets.
I can’t help but wonder, how many jobs could have been created at HP with the money she used to buy all of those jets?
Think about it: If she was really that successful at HP, why didn’t another tech company snatch her up in an instant after she was fired? That answer is simple: Because she was a disaster.
In fact, Fortune did a fantastic fact-checking of some Fiorina’s claims concerning her supposed “success” at HP. They pointed out that during her time there, shares of Dell were actually up 11 percent, while printer rival Lexmark saw their shares rise by 29 percent – all while she drove HP into the ground.
I fully believe that during a real debate (which we’re not going to see with 11 candidates on one stage) Carly Fiorina would get absolutely exposed as the charlatan she is. But on a stage where style trumps substance, those who stand out the most are going to be the candidates who seem to perform the best.
Either way, it’s not at all surprising to see Carly Fiorina’s popularity rise with conservative voters who seem to care more about style rather than substance. Some people never learn.