Fiorina Courts Arcata Conservatives

Posted by Ryan Burns on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 4:47 PM


U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina held a town hall meeting this afternoon inside a cavernous warehouse at Arcata's O & M Industries. Addressing the crowd of 50 or so locals -- which included Eureka Mayor/County Supervisor candidate Virginia Bass, County Planning Commissioner Dennis Mayo and County Supervisor candidate Ryan Sundberg (who said he'd just learned who Fiorina is this morning) -- the former Hewlett-Packard CEO sought to woo conservative voters.

Armed with the Sarah Palin stamp of approval, Fiorina went straight after incumbent Barbara Boxer, calling her "a powerful, punitive, dangerous senator who supports every left wing cause there is in this state." But she added that after fighting off cancer last year, "Barbara Boxer doesn't scare me one bit."

Hammering away on the subject of job creation, Fiorina said that government has become too intrusive, too expensive, and that it's destroying jobs. Citing an unnamed poll in which Californians allegedly didn't include global warming in their top 10 list of concerns, the candidate suggested, "Maybe offshore drilling actually would be a good idea... ."

And she was flabbergasted by environmental protections: "The Endangered Species Act prohibits [pause for impact] prohibits the consideration of economic or social impact when assessing a species. Now how crazy is that?"

After mocking concerns over the spotted owl and the delta smelt, Fiorina apologized -- though for what was unclear. "I am sorry; I want to be a good steward of the planet, but families are more important than fish; they're more important than owls... ."

She also characterized Arizona's recent passage of racist, probably unconstitutional immigration policies as "the poor people of Arizona doing what they feel they need to do to protect their citizens."

In burnishing her conservative credentials, Fiorina -- who has thus far invested $3.6 million of her own money into her campaign -- made even more dubious claims. For example, she declared that the stimulus bill (aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) has "done nothing to create jobs." In fact, recipients of stimulus funds have reported nearly 700,000 new jobs -- more than 10 percent of them in California.

Regarding education she said, "If you look at California, what you'll find out is that we spend, in total, more money on education than 75 percent of the states in our nation. And yet our results are 48th or 49th, demonstrating that more money is not always the answer."

California's "total" spending on education hardly seems relevant considering we are far and away the most populous state in the country. When you break the spending down to per-student levels, we're about smack-dab in the middle. And so are our results.

Curiously, Fiorina made no mention of what is perhaps the most serious threat to the future of Californians: demon sheep.

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How many of those people got laid off once this idiot finished speaking? I thought Whitman was a vacuous, simple-minded tool who could only parrot right-wing gibberish, but here we have job-killer Carly making it a race to see which ridiculously insipid right-wing California hoochie will face off against Palin/Bachmann.

Posted by WhatALoon on 05/14/2010 at 5:37 PM

"Maybe offshore drilling actually would be a good idea..."

And she has great timing, too!

Posted by Joel Mielke on 05/14/2010 at 6:13 PM

The libs days are numbered thank GOD!!! Fiorina is about as close as Cali will come to getting a senator that actually will have positive impact. Bye-bye Boxer you tool.... and who are you Ryan Burns...? Obviously a "true journalist with absolutely no bias whatsoever"... another tool.

Posted by Libsareidiots on 05/14/2010 at 8:05 PM

I'm glad I'm not a tool.

Posted by andrewgoff on 05/15/2010 at 6:28 AM

Journalists probably disappoint Mr. Idiot often, but it appears that he does enjoy being pandered to by the likes of Fiorina.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 05/15/2010 at 7:55 AM

I'm glad I'm a tool.

Posted by Derchoadus on 05/15/2010 at 8:57 AM

This shouldn't be in the 'news' section at all. This is editorial content, with the usual extreme bias. How sad. I love reading the Journal, but this is a sorry excuse for reporting on an event.

Posted by Scott W. Binder on 05/15/2010 at 12:06 PM

I agree. Fiorina was given more respect than she deserves. Shame on Ryan Burns.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 05/15/2010 at 12:45 PM

Why is it that these neocons like Fiorina say they loathe government and constantly bitch about it being to big,yet at the same time they do whatever they can to get huge government contracts? Ryan Burns also disappointed me by failing to point out exactly how much dinero HP received via government contracts.

Posted by mresquan on 05/15/2010 at 10:00 PM

Binder and Idtiots can task Burns all they want, but this is an accurate reporting of what Fiorina stated. I was at the the O&M press conference and my notes read the same. She made several misstatements of fact. The claim about no jobs being created by federal stimulus money, in particular, was ridiculous. Thankfully, journalists like Burns write down what comes out of a politician's mouth, look it up and correct the record.

Posted by Terrence McNally on 05/16/2010 at 8:34 AM

I find myself agreeing with Binder that this was an editorial (one I completely agree with). No sentient object could read the last sentence and call this "objective reporting."

This looks like what reporters, in my opinion, are supposed to do: act as your intelligent friend who was able to be somewhere you weren't.

Posted by Mitch on 05/16/2010 at 10:04 AM

OK I just saw the "demon sheep" ad for the first time. Man, was that weird.

Posted by the reasonable anonymous on 05/16/2010 at 1:05 PM

"No sentient object"?

Posted by Joel Mielke on 05/16/2010 at 3:32 PM

What's scary is the people who will believe her. No taxes? OK well then, no schools, no libraries, no clean streets, and oh, while we're at it, let's put the aged, infirm, and disabled out on the streets. They need to learn about personal responsibilty. No lunches for hungry kids. No taxes? OK, fee-for-use for all parks. Private fire companies. Private security firms. Private water companies.

Posted by Gina Marie on 05/16/2010 at 3:46 PM

OK, there ARE taxes that can be imposed that will NOT impact the middle class or the poor but WILL benefit eveyone. See

Posted by Gina Marie on 05/16/2010 at 3:50 PM

You're right, Joel. "No sentient being" sounded too Buddhist and trite, but "no sentient object" sounds almost as weird as "demon sheep." You can't win em all.

Posted by Mitch on 05/16/2010 at 4:08 PM

"too Buddhist and trite"?

Mitch, slow down, man.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 05/16/2010 at 8:27 PM

You're right, Joel. "too Buddhist and trite" sounds too... oh, never mind.

Posted by Mitch on 05/17/2010 at 8:04 AM

Hey, wait. Virginia Bass was at a meeting of local conservatives? I thought she was a Democrat now? Or is that just a ruse to get the votes of a few rubes? Time will tell ...

Posted by Snickerdoodles on 05/27/2010 at 12:23 PM

I'm not sure whether Ms. Fiorina's comments were sincere or simply telling her audience what she thinks they wanted to hear. I could not disagree more with her simplistic statement that "families are more important than fish." In light of what has happened in the Gulf, where can you really draw the line?

Posted by Gregg Elliott on 06/01/2010 at 7:39 PM

So owls now have to pay the price for credit default swaps and corporate banking failures that wiped out our home equity? Take that you owls. Carly will show you to mess with her.

Posted by Mr. Wu on 07/01/2010 at 5:57 PM

Meanwhile celebrity politics gains momentum as "local" journalists nationwide humor calculated stupidity with airtime.

Posted by Meanwhile... on 07/01/2010 at 11:15 PM
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