Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So Long, Carly

After declaring yesterday that neither Sarah Palin nor John McCain is capable of running a major corporation, former HP CEO and McCain economic adviser Carly Fiorina will now exit stage right.

A top McCain official contacted by CNN said, on condition on anonymity, “No big deal, but not how you get on the surrogate all-star team. Very Biden-like.”

“This campaign source said Fiorina would be discouraged from additional media interviews.

Another top campaign adviser was far less diplomatic.

“Carly will now disappear,” this source said. “Senator McCain was furious.” Asked to define “disappear,” this source said, adding that she would be off TV for a while – but remain at the Republican National Committee and keep her role as head of the party’s joint fundraising committee with the McCain campaign.

Fiorina was booked for several TV interviews over the next few days, including one on CNN. Those interviews have been canceled.

Maybe she will be replaced by the once-disgraced Phil Gramm. One can only hope.

By the way, Ms. Fiorina got the McCain gig after she was fired by the board of directors of HP, so I suspect her judgment on who can run a major corporation is based on personal insight.