In case you didn't notice, at last night's CNN GOP Debate, there was only one woman present. Since the G.O.P. delights in perpetuating stereotypes, the token woman on that side of the aisle was the only person who could personally attack Democratic Candidate, Hillary Clinton. Carly Fiorina, the Ex-HP disastrous CEO, feels she has a right to attack the track record of the former Senator, Secretary of State and Democratic Front-runner. Hillary is, perhaps, the most qualified candidate for this job, but Carly wants the world to know that she disagrees. Since she has such an abysmal record on being accurate, it was pure irony coming from her.
She told Chris Christie that all he has to do was look at her track record. Carly said,
'she's going to have to defend that track record: of lying about BENGHAZI, of lying about her emails, of lying about her servers, she does not have a track record of accomplishment. Like Mrs. Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, it is not an accomplishment. Mrs. Clinton (? maybe she meant Christie, but her rehearsed soliloquy did not mention the NJ Governor) if you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Mrs. Clinton's.
I believe that statement deserves a bit of scrutiny. So let's unpack it. First we know that Mrs. Clinton and the Obama Administration has, and not for a lack of looking, done absolutely nothing criminal with regards to the Benghazi incident on September 11, 2012.
This report exonerating the Administration of wrongdoing is one of many investigations into the tragedy. There have already been seven investigations, 13 hearings, 50 briefings, and 25,000 pages of documents have been released.
But that won’t stop Republicans from re-re-re investigating Benghazi as a part of a crass partisan ploy to turn out the far-right base in November.
Carly's claim that we can't trust her because of some issues with her emails, that aren't even an issue, is another load of horse manure. She was fully exonerated by the Department of Justice:
“There is no question that former Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision — she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server,” write the Justice Department attorneys, representing the State Department in the brief.
Lying about her server is not accurate either. She never withheld information, and she explains on her website with a long, detailed list of questions and answers. Here are a few:
Where was the server for her email located?
The server for her email was physically located on her property, which is protected by U.S. Secret Service.
Was the server ever hacked?
No, there is no evidence there was ever a breach.
Was there ever an unauthorized intrusion into her email or did anyone else have access to it?
Time to examine the second part of her obnoxious lies: What did she accomplish, besides being the most traveled Secretary of State? Between her eight years as a Senator and four years as Secretary of State, she has an impressive list, which doesn't include laying off 30,000 people. As Secretary : She worked for human and women's rights around the globe and succeeded. More specifically, she was essential to:
Building on people-to-people diplomacy, Clinton has promoted U.S. values in a firm but respectful way that restored international faith in the U.S. that eroded during the Bush administration. (Burma is a good example of her success)
Republicans could care less what the world thinks of the U.S.A. They're only concerned about their bottom line. Hillary worked tirelessly around the globe to mend broken relations with other nations. In fact, there isn't really a single misstep when you examine her tenure as Secretary of State, unlike the abysmal failure of Condoleezza Rice, who helped lie us into an illegal war with Iraq.
Clinton introduced an impressive number of bills during her tenure as senator from 2001 to 2009. She sponsored a hefty 711 bills, which as Daily Kos points out, is a good show of her leadership and influence.
She successfully passed legislation that: helped First Responders from 9-11, improved childcare policies, worked on women's health issues, increased veterans' survivor benefits, helped to modify vaccine stockpiling when there is a health emergency, helped pass the DREAM Act, increased access to family planning and more.
Carly Fiorina is boasting about what, exactly? She practically ruined Hewlett-Packard, fired 30,000 employees, and got away with a hefty golden parachute. She bought wealthy 1%ers, HP executives, costly private jets. She was listed as one of the top ten worst CEOs of all time. Is that an accomplishment? They couldn't wait to fire her.
We also can't forget her costly and disastrous bid for the California Senate in 2010, where she was beat handily by Barbara Boxer. If Carly wants to battle Hillary on electability, Hillary won her Senate seat the two times she ran, Carly, not once. Let's be honest. When it boils down to it, reality is Hillary 2, Carly (less than) Zero!