Fiorina’s HP Record Not Getting Any Better

Now that she’s a top-tier presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina is finally getting some media scrutiny over her record in the gig that supposedly made her presidential material, as short-lived and then “viciously” (as Donald Trump put it) fired CEO of HP. But according to Eli Stokols of Politico, it’s reporters, not voters, who are asking about it.

The details of her Hewlett-Packard story go mostly unmentioned — and her audiences don’t seem to mind. In five events in South Carolina over the last three days, she took more than a dozen questions but only once was she pressed about her HP service by someone other than a reporter.

If she continues to float above much of the GOP field, though, somebody may spend their Super-PAC money to remind people Fiorina did a whole lot better from the HP crash than the 30,000 or so employees who got laid off from what had long been a “family atmosphere” company–or at least until Hurricane Carly arrived. In fact, the research and production work has already been done, by Barbara Boxer’s 2010 reelection campaign:

It’s not like Fiorina’s record could get better since 2010, could it?

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.