Carly Fiorina is her own worst enemy, and if her latest fall from grace with the septuagenarian from Arizona is anything to go by, we will have to say she never learned anything from her 2005 firing at Hewlett Packard. Fiorina who came to the revered Silicon valley firm on the coat-tails of her success at Lucent Technologies, blew her success and goodwill capital through her spotlight-hogging ways and a number of decisions that culminated in the controversial acquisition of Compaq and lackluster growth following the purchase. Reports say she was hated at HP for her prickly hauteur, apparent disregard for some sacred cows at HP and a tone-deaf way of dealing with superiors, peers and minions.
McCain who should have done his homework before hiring Fiorina, deep-sixed the faux blonde last month after she blabbed that she didn’t think, vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was qualified to run a big corporation like Hewlett Packard. The incidental admission came, on the 9/16/08 McGraw Milhaven Show on St. Louis KTRS Radio.
“Do you think [Sarah Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?” asked the host.
“No, I don’t,” responded Fiorina. “But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for.”
Trying to hedge her bets, Fiorina goes on to state:
“I find it quite stunning actually that the Barack Obama campaign is questioning Sarah Palin’s experience,” she said. “She has more executive experience than he does and she is the vice presidential nominee and he is the presidential nominee.”
Fiorina’s candor, partly justified by fact, just cut too close to the bone? But did she realize that at the time? Did she have an ear for how that would play in campaign headquarters or did she harbor some hidden resentment for Palin’s appointment to a position that had been rumored to be possibly available to her?
FACT: Characters as abrasively ambitious as Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina cannot co-exist on the same stage for extended periods of time.
Part II of this post can be found here: John McCain and the Second Fall of Carly Fiorina Part 2.
These women might have too much baggage (Eleanor Clift, Newsweek)