FIORINA WOULDN’T TRUST PALIN WITH HP…. At this point, I suspect Carly Fiorina, a McCain advisor/surrogate and the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, wishes she hadn’t spent the last two weeks criticizing those who dared to question Sarah Palin’s qualifications.

Appearing on KTRS in St. Louis, Fiorina was asked whether Palin has the experience to run a major company, such as Hewlett Packard. “No, I don’t,” Fiorina said. “But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things.”

Perhaps, but I’d love to hear Fiorina, or anyone else at the McCain campaign, explain precisely what those qualities are. Seriously, what are the skills and credentials that Palin brings to the table that make her a superior choice to be one heartbeat from the presidency of the United States — indeed, to McCain, the single best choice in the entire country — but make her a poor choice to head a major corporation.

A background in finance? That would be beneficial in both jobs. The ability to manage a large bureaucracy? Again, a good quality for a CEO or a Vice President of the country. Leadership skills? Gravitas? An ability to think quickly on one’s feet? Once again, it applies to both.

But for Carly Fiorina, a leading McCain surrogate, Palin is the perfect choice to be one heartbeat from the presidency, but she’s not to be trusted with a Fortune 500 company.

Go ahead, McCain campaign. Explain to us why Palin is prepared to lead the nation and the free world, but clearly doesn’t have the background to lead a company. Tell us why Palin has the experience for one, not the other.

I can’t wait to hear the spin.

Update: Fiorina wouldn’t trust McCain with HP, either.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.