Monday, March 15, 2010

Carly Fiorina Has Lost Her Mind





Carly Fiorina has lost her mind.

There's no other way to explain the eight minutes of pure insanity that is "Hot Air: The Movie," an extremely bizarre video put out by the California Senate campaign of the failed former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

The video is apparently an attempt to portray Sen. Barbara Boxer as a "bitter partisan" who doesn't live in the "real world," implying - among other things - that Boxer's understanding of climate change as a national security threat makes her an out of touch liberal. The video shows a clip of Boxer outlining the climate change-national security link, and then asks incredulously, "WHAT?"

Of course, the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at VoteVets.org could easily answer that question for Carly, as they do quite well in an ad explaining that for every dollar increase in the price of gasoline, Iran gets another $1.5 billion to use against us. But seeing that connection would require Carly to also accept the science behind climate change, something which she's accepted in the past but now seems to have forgotten.

Meanwhile, the video's attacks on clean energy and climate legislation as a "job killer" directly contradict Fiorina's 2008 statement that a cap-and-trade system "will both create jobs and lower the cost of energy."

The rest of the video focuses on offering viewers the choice between someone who "pushes people apart" (Boxer) and someone "renowned for pulling people together" (Fiorina). The video itself is a fine demonstration of Fiorina's warm, winning style that she hopes will come in handy as she works across the aisle in Washington, containing:

• The “Hindenboxer,” an image of Barbara Boxer’s head with about a half-dozen flat screen TVs attached, looming over the San Francisco suburbs

• A giant hand reaching onto the screen and stabbing Barbara Boxer in the head

• Barbara Boxer’s deflated head crashing into the ocean behind a “Carly for California” logo

The entire video is essentially an awkward mashup of a smiling Fiorina talking up her days at Hewlett-Packard in rosy (read: untrue) terms while some guy who sounds like an angry Morgan Freeman rips on Boxer to the tune of Halloween music. Are the bizarre theatrics designed to distract from the video's woefully transparent attempts to rewrite history? Decide for yourself, taking for example the discussion of Fiorina's time at Hewlett-Packard:

VIDEO:While the rest of the tech world suffered through the dot-com bust, Carly got things done. She leaned the company to profitability, and HP doubled in revenues to $88 billion. Then, she added jobs. Carly became one of the most recognizable business leaders in the world. She moved, she shaked, she accomplished. First the obvious, then the complex. And she did it with a smile.

IN REALITY:
Fiorina was fired by HP's board after she "failed to execute" the reforms she promised at the company, which continued to struggle mightily: Fiorina laid off 28,000 HP employees after massive profit shortfalls, offering only a "flashy management style" while she "nearly destroyed" the company. To wit: CNBC named Fiorina one of the "Worst American CEOs of All Time."

"Hot Air" comes on the heels of a video known 'round the YouTube world as "Demon Sheep," a psychadelic three minutes of evil, red-eyed sheep leaping out from behind trees. That video was (somehow) aimed at damaging Fiorina's Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell, though of course most of the damage done was to Fiorina's credibility.

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