California Carly Ramps Up Hispandering
I was going to steel myself and vote for Carly Fiorina, despite her despicable history of outsourcing thousands of jobs from H-P to Asia, in hopes of getting rid of Senator Boxer with her lifetime immigration voting grade of D+.
(Many in Silicon Valley and beyond remember Fiorinaâ€™s 2004 remark: â€śThere is no job that is Americaâ€™s God-given right anymore.â€ť)
The candidate comes with some unpleasant baggage regarding American jobs, so making herself more unattractive to conservative voters is contraindicated, yet she plunges ahead.
Consider her recent hispandering remarks:
Whitman and Fiorina court key Latino vote in rare joint appearance, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2010
When Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina clinched their partyâ€™s nominations for governor and U.S. Senate in June, Whitman proclaimed on stage that their joint effort would be the Democratsâ€™ worst nightmare. But they have gone separate ways on the campaign trail, never publicly crossing paths again until Friday night at a gala of a prominent group of Latino business leaders in Newport Beach. [. . .]
[Fiorina] touched briefly on the thorny topic of illegal immigration â€” which has been a point of contention in her race with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer because of the Republicanâ€™s support for Arizonaâ€™s tough new immigration law. She said she would press for a guest-worker program to allow â€śas many people as possible to live the American dreamâ€ť and criticized Boxer for seeking to kill a proposed temporary worker program. Boxer stated at the time that businesses were looking for a pool of cheap labor that would threaten the American worker.
â€śReally, I thought immigrants were the heart of this great country,â€ť Fiorina said with a dramatic pause. â€śOur great nation must always be the place where people come to build a better life for themselves and their families.â€ť
Fiorina also highlighted what she views as Boxerâ€™s failure to address high unemployment and water shortages in the Central Valley and the importance of Latino culture in California, noting that a quarter of small businesses in the state are owned by Latinos.
Are candidates incapable of Hispandering without insulting traditional Americans (i.e., â€śimmigrants were the heart of this great countryâ€ť)? Poking citizens in the eye is no way to win friends and gain votes when Americans are still the great majority of voters even in Mexifornia.