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 user 2008-09-18 at 3:07:44 pm Views: 58
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    McCain’s economic advisor Fiorina benched after gaffe
    Carly Fiorina has become my favorite surrogate for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth.As Dana Millbank sketched in July, the former Hewlett-Packard chief volunteered in a discussion about health insurance: “There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won’t cover birth-control medication — those women would like a choice.” And then she repeated, “Those women would like a choice.” Oh, the hilarity that ensued. Asked to respond, McCain delivered one of his more memorable reactions: An 8-second, silent, open-mouthed search of the heavens for an answer. He settled on, “I don’t know enough about it to give you an informed answer.”

    Yesterday brought more Fiorina straight talk. In an interview on MSNBC , Andrea Mitchell asked Fiorina to explain her comment to a radio show earlier in the day that McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, doesn’t have the experience to run a major corporation. “Well, I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation,” Fiorina told Mitchell. “I don’t think Barack Obama could run a major corporation. I don’t think Joe Biden could run a major corporation.” Considering that Fiorina was run out of the top spot at Hewlett-Packard in 2005 for what many saw as an ill-advised 2002 merger with Compaq, this is certainly a pot-kettle moment. But still, ouch!

    Sure, as Fiorina acknowledged to Mitchell, running a major corporation and being leader of the free world require two different skill sets. But if she doesn’t have confidence that McCain could run a major corporation, why on earth should voters entrust him with an enterprise that has a bigger budget, larger responsibilities and billions of lives at stake? Voters will make their judgment in 48 days. In the meantime, I can’t wait for Fiorina’s next rhetorical stink bomb. I just know it’s coming. Well, looks like I’m going to have to wait a while for Fiorina’s next slip-up. It appears the McCain campaign has put her on lockdown.