A cheap shot at Fiorina

posted at 10:55 am on March 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Whether or not one supports Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination for the US Senate race in California, the latest attack on her is a cheap shot aimed by a sore-loser trial lawyer that falls apart even under the mildest scrutiny.  That doesn’t stop Politico from highlighting it, and it probably won’t stop it from going viral.  It attacks Fiorina through her dead father, a judge on the Ninth Circuit, in a judgment that eventually was endorsed by the Supreme Court:

California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was negotiating for a lucrative job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. a decade ago at the same time her father wrote a significant appeals court opinion that the high-tech industry had aggressively lobbied for, a new book reports.

In July 1999, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed, Fiorina’s father, issued a ruling that made it far more difficult for class-action lawyers to file securities lawsuits. Breaking with two other courts of appeals, Sneed said a legal reform Congress passed in 1995 at the urging of high-tech executives besieged by such suits meant plaintiffs needed solid evidence of wrongdoing before they went to court.

Seventeen days later, Fiorina was named as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard with a compensation packaged valued at the time at between $80 million and $90 million.

Okay … so?  The case didn’t involve HP as a litigant.  Fiorina didn’t get the job until after her father ruled on the case, which makes it a little difficult to imagine how any allegation of influence would have worked.  If HP wanted to influence Judge Sneed (for a case that didn’t involve their corporation), wouldn’t they have hired his daughter before he issued his decision?

This attack comes mainly from the attorney who lost his appeal, Bill Lerach, who made millions in stockholder lawsuits:

“This guy had no business deciding this case,” the book quotes an infuriated Lerach as declaring after he learned about the family connection. “This is a tainted precedent,” he said, noting that the same law firm defending the case, Wilson Sonsini, also hashed out Fiorina’s compensation package with HP.

Fiorina denies talking to her father about negotiating with HP.  At the time Sneed heard the case — and indeed at the time Sneed decided the case — his family didn’t have any connections to HP.  Sneed had no reason to recuse himself from the appeal.

As for it being a tainted precedent, the Supreme Court disagreed:

Sneed died in 2008 at age 87. His opinion in the 1999 case drew a dissent from one judge on the three-judge panel, but came out roughly where the Supreme Court wound up when it considered similar issues in 2007.

The real story here is that the Ninth Circuit actually produced a decision that didn’t get overturned by the Supreme Court. The only relevance this thinly-veiled allegation of influence peddling aimed at Fiorina and the now-deceased Judge Sneed has is to the man who lost the opportunity to shake down companies for billions of dollars.  The timing of the publication of this book seems clearly intended to either kneecap Fiorina’s campaign, or at the least to make a few bucks off of her dead father’s reputation.  It stinks.


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Stench.
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Ambulance Chaser.
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Loser.

This is news, why?

oldleprechaun on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Yawn.

Rocks on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Fairly typical.

I am not sure why this is news here? This is SOP for those against the conservative agenda.

Scott H on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Hhhhmmm same Lerach who was sentenced to prison for kickback schemes involving class actions suits..

Now that’s rich quoting him..

theblacksheepwasright on March 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

This will probably only appeal to those who already oppose Fiorina. This tactic may be slimy and despicable, but how is it worse than politics as usual? Is attacking a dead father worse than attacking a live, mentally handicapped infant?

SKYFOX on March 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Sounds like the media is getting scared of her….so of course, here come all the cheap shots.

search4truth on March 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Has Carly Fiorina ever done anything to deserve the spot she’s running for? Her primary claim-to-fame is as failed HP chief, and some sort of assistant to McCain.

She’s got chutzpah running for the US Senate imo. Isn’t there anyone better qualified in this race than she?

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

We on the right had allegations about The One’s surrogate father and then Rev. Wright. The media saw that those men held an ideology antithetical to our best traditions so they never let the story die and destroyed the candidacy.

IlikedAUH2O on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

The real story here is that the Ninth Circuit actually produced a decision that didn’t get overturned by the Supreme Court.

Heh. True

Weight of Glory on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

No, we don’t need tort reform….

originalpechanga on March 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Has Carly Fiorina ever done anything to deserve the spot she’s running for? Her primary claim-to-fame is as failed HP chief

When the legendary venture capitalist who virtually started silicon valley, Tom Perkins, tried to fire Carly at HP, she and her minions went on a viscous smear campaign. I don’t think she has the class to be a Senator.

bayam on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Whether or not one supports Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination for the US Senate race in California, the latest attack on her is a cheap shot aimed by a sore-loser trial lawyer that falls apart even under the mildest scrutiny.

Ed is all wee-wee’d up this morning! Good on ya, Captain! Anyone, even Fiorina, would be better than Boxer.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Stench.
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Ambulance Chaser.
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Loser.

oldleprechaun on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Wait…..this isn’t a John Edwards thread is it?

BacaDog on March 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It’s tenuous at best. I guess I should alert all of my family members about what clients and companies I attempt to work with.

The whole thing is weak. Maybe we should focus on a tax cheat who’s writing tax law or the tax cheat who’s running the Treasury.

forest on March 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Devore for Senate!

Daemonocracy on March 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Bill Lerach, felon. Convicted trial lawyer scam artist. Dirt balls from a dirtbag.

John E. on March 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Ed, say something nice about the law profession.

tommylotto on March 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

the class to be a Senator.

bayam on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Hahaha. Good one. “Class”. That’s funny.

Abby Adams on March 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Isn’t Lerach still in prison?

Cicero43 on March 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Anyone, even Fiorina, would be better than Boxer.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Well yeah, but why start so low? I mean, even forgetting the fact that she’s no conservative, how does she even have the qualifications for the job? You or I would prob. be better than she would. I just don’t get it.

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I’m suspicious of Carly and that is all I’ll say. I get certain “vibes” from politicians. I get one from Charlie Crist. I got one from Scott Brown that turned out to be correct.

I get one from her too.

Defeating Barbara Boxer is not the end-goal here. Saving this nation is. We need good people for that. If we can’t find them – then Barbara Boxer can pilot a sinking ship as good as anyone in a red suit can.

HondaV65 on March 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Politico stinks…

d1carter on March 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Wait…..this isn’t a John Edwards thread is it?

My bad. Apologies for the confusion!

oldleprechaun on March 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

She’s got chutzpah running for the US Senate imo. Isn’t there anyone better qualified in this race than she?

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Agreed. I’m no fan, she’s the one who got this H1B visa/outsourcing to India ball rolling, which has cost a lot of Americans their jobs.

Killing American high-tech qualifies her for the Senate – how? In all of California, there’s no qualified conservative that could have run?

Rebar on March 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I got one from Scott Brown that turned out to be correct.

You mean the fact he’s from Massachusetts? Yeah, that’s some sixth sense you got there.

Crawford on March 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Fiorina is waist deep in a cess pool called California. This is chump change compared what the progressives are going to do to her in the coming weeks. She should relax and enjoy the smell as the this is only a sniff on what is to come.

volsense on March 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Killing American high-tech qualifies her for the Senate – how?

Ted Kennedy killed an American office worker to get into the Senate…

Crawford on March 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

In July 1999, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed, Fiorina’s father, issued a ruling that made it far more difficult for class-action lawyers to file securities lawsuits. Breaking with two other courts of appeals, Sneed said a legal reform Congress passed in 1995 at the urging of high-tech executives besieged by such suits meant plaintiffs needed solid evidence of wrongdoing before they went to court.

Imagine that, actually needing evidence of wrongdoing to sue someone? How unfair is that!

zmdavid on March 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Defeating Barbara Boxer is not the end-goal here. Saving this nation is. We need good people for that. If we can’t find them – then Barbara Boxer can pilot a sinking ship as good as anyone in a red suit can.

HondaV65 on March 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

++

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Actually, she’s plenty qualified…if she wants to run as a Dem. She ran HP down into the ground, so she would fit in well with the rest of the Democrat morons. Oh wait, she’s running as a Republican??? *facepalm*

search4truth on March 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

after Demon sheep is it really even possible to take a cheap shot at Fiorina?

Thune on March 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Has Carly Fiorina ever done anything to deserve the spot she’s running for?

She’s not Babs Boxer is enough for that seat in particular, although there are some better qualified ‘pubs in the running, IIRC.

Unfortunately, her higher profile will probably win out. I’m not sure, though. This is likely to be a VERY unusual election cycle across the country.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Don’t count out the Boxer campaign in this. The Democrats in Cahleefornya have a very ruthless machine backed by the trial lawyers lobby as well as public employees unions. Boxer fights very dirty when she’s threatened, ask Bruce Herschensohn. Bob Mulholland smeared Herschensohn on behalf of Boxer in 1992. He’s a real slime and so is Barbara.

cartooner on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Sour grapes

Ugh… “sour grapes” is when someone wants something very badly… can’t have it… then declares that he really didn’t want it ’cause it’s not cracked up to what people think of it.

In the fable, the fox REALLY WANTS the grapes… he tries to jump and get them, but fails repeatedly… as he slinks away, he says, “they’re probably sour anyway” (or similar).

If the losing lawyer had come out and said that he really didn’t want to win the case, because everybody involved was corrupt and he wanted no part of it… that would be closer to “sour grapes.”

mankai on March 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I don’t think she has the class to be a Senator.
bayam on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Wait….was I supposed to laugh?

Bishop on March 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Since this has to be the most boring and convuluted scandal ever and the only chance it has of going viral is if the CDC declares it an outbreak of the Swine Flu something constructive should be done with this thread.

Donate to Chuck Devore here.

Rocks on March 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM

This attack comes mainly from the attorney who lost his appeal, Bill Lerach, who made millions in stockholder lawsuits:

When millions just aren’t enough. Call John Edwards to see where the class action opportunity is now.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Why should anyone care what Bill Lerach says. It’s scum like him that give lawyers a bad name.Lerach pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and making false declarations under oath. On Monday February 11, 2008, Lerach was sentenced to two years in federal prison, two years’ probation, fined $250,000, and ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service because of his involvement in a kickback scheme. He is currently serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Facility Safford located in Arizona. His projected release date is 8 March 2010. His license to practice law was suspended in December, with disbarment expected. On March 12, 2009, Lerach was summarily disbarred by the California State Bar.
Lerach’s former Milberg Weiss partner Melvyn Weiss was similarly sentenced in early June 2008. From Wiki –

Sefton on March 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Bill Lerach, felon. Convicted trial lawyer scam artist. Dirt balls from a dirtbag.

John E. on March 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Funny, Politico “forgot” to mention that small, insignficant detail.

MNHawk on March 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM

When the legendary venture capitalist who virtually started silicon valley, Tom Perkins, tried to fire Carly at HP, she and her minions went on a viscous smear campaign. I don’t think she has the class to be a Senator.

bayam on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Let’s be particular. Sources? Links?

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Don’t count out the Boxer campaign in this. The Democrats in Cahleefornya have a very ruthless machine backed by the trial lawyers lobby as well as public employees unions. Boxer fights very dirty when she’s threatened, ask Bruce Herschensohn. Bob Mulholland smeared Herschensohn on behalf of Boxer in 1992. He’s a real slime and so is Barbara.

cartooner on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

+100

This has Mulholland’s MO all over it. He is a smear artist extraordinaire and a close ally of Boxer.

I remember Lerach and some of his fellow trial lawyers going ballistic when that shareholder lawsuit bill passed. It was one of the first major pieces of legislation the new Republican Congress passed. It cost Lerach and his pals millions of dollars and may have saved the American technology industry.

Shame on Politico for repeating a shameless smear by a convicted felon.

rockmom on March 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

This guy looks like a better qualified candidate (State Assemblyman).

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Politico is the same hack leftist “journalists” with agendas who write for the NY Times, Wash Post, LA Times, et al. Same people. Same dishonest biased drivel.

InterestedObserver on March 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM

This is likely to be a VERY unusual election cycle across the country.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

If MA was the shot heard round the world, then CA has the potential to be the explosion. They’re closer to financial Armageddon there than most states, the failures of modern liberalism are more on display there than most states, and they still have a sizeable conservative population. If CA doesn’t have a revolution in 2010, I doubt the rest of us will. And Carly Fiorina ‘aint part of it.

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

People from the business world that I talked to seemed to be less impressed with than than McCain is. One even went as far as to point out she was in sales before she suddenly got the CEO job.

On the political side, McCain is looking to replace himself in the Senate with like minded politicians. He said so in public. Carly is one of his replacements. Maybe even Meg Whitman and there was another he jumped all over last month, but I forget the name.

Great, THREE McCains… Well, at least Graham won’t be lonely in his drive to force cap and trade on our country as the science behind the effort melts down like Chernobyl.

archer52 on March 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Put me firmly in the “not so strong for Fiorina” camp, but…

this makes me ashamed to be an attorney.

Again…

some more…

Ragspierre on March 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Big Hollywood has had posts by Chuck Devore for over a year. Why is the rest of the conservoblogosphere been so far behind? Much, much better than Fiorina.

di butler on March 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Carly Fiorina’s qualifications to be a US Senator? She’s not Barbara Boxer. That’s enough.

Mason on March 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Ed, don’t call Lerach and his ilk “trial lawyers.” Lerach is a sleazebag, convicted felon, and a shakedown artist, but only a very few of his cases ever went to trial: his specialty was extracting huge settlements out of his corporate victims long before cases ever got to the trial stage.

A trial lawyer is a lawyer who tries cases before a judge and jury. Lerach is what Beldar — a real trial lawyer and excellent conservative blogger — calls a “candy-ass litigator.” Here’s Beldar explaining further the difference.

The sloppy use of “trial lawyer” to refer to plaintiff’s contingency-fee lawyers does a disservice to honest lawyers who actually try cases, including Patterico and the lawyers who defend against shakedown artists such as Lerach.

Alex_SF on March 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I’m not up on CA politics at all, but a cursory search of DeVore seems to indicate that he has some solid credentials. Any CA contributors have some info?

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

I’m not up on CA politics at all, but a cursory search of DeVore seems to indicate that he has some solid credentials. Any CA contributors have some info?

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

He has his supporters, but he’s too conservative to win, in my opinion.

AnninCA on March 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think this story will go “viral,” personally. It’s too complicated and clearly about family. Voters usually don’t pay alot of attention to that unless there’s a direct and clear link.

AnninCA on March 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Stench.
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Ambulance Chaser.
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Loser.

This is news, why?

oldleprechaun on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Jimbo3 to defend this behavior in 3..2..1

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

In January 2008, he (Bill Lerach) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, admitting he paid a few regular plaintiffs millions in kickbacks to instigate cases that netted the firm some $200 million over two decades. (No plaintiff can benefit more than others in class-action suits.) He was fined nearly $8 million and sentenced to two years in prison.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/books/circle_of_greed_D92w9ytw4F9sbILbnQCc2I#ixzz0h8MbpwMn

franksalterego on March 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I could see a quid pro quo = rule for us and we’ll hire your daughter. Needs more evidence than one whistleblower. That’s where journalism comes in. Investigate, check evidence, report objectively. Whatever, Fiorina has enough baggage without this. I know people who worked at HP before and after she took over. She ran that place into the ground.

chicagojedi on March 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

She’s got chutzpah $$$ running for the US Senate imo. Isn’t there anyone better qualified in this race than she?

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

But on the other hand, I left a corn filled ‘candidate’ in the hopper this morning that is 1000 times better than Boxer.

BigWyo on March 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Agreed. I’m no fan, she’s the one who got this H1B visa/outsourcing to India ball rolling, which has cost a lot of Americans their jobs.

Rebar on March 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

How would forcing the companies to move out of the US saved those jobs?

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I was an employee of HP during the time when Fiorina was CEO. I could tell you horror stories about many of the people I worked for. She had lots of help when it came to running HP into the ground.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 12:16 PM

This guy looks like a better qualified candidate (State Assemblyman).

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

There are hundreds if not thousands of people better qualified. But you must also have the money and the guts to run. Your proposed candidate may have the guts, but not the money. A run for the Senate takes Millions of dollars now.

barnone on March 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

But on the other hand, I left a corn filled ‘candidate’ in the hopper this morning that is 1000 times better than Boxer.

BigWyo on March 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

my laptop is shaking from laughing.

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

The real question is, why is the supposedly non-partisan Politico publishing a thinly-veiled hit piece on Fiorina.

OK, that isn’t really a question. ;)

DGOOCH on March 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Fiorina didn’t get the job until after her father ruled on the case, which makes it a little difficult to imagine how any allegation of influence would have worked.

your lack of imagination is quite unsurprising.

wouldn’t they have hired his daughter before he issued his decision?

wouldn’t it rain instead of snow if global warming caused temperatures in february to rise from 22 to 24?

whether or not the allegations are true, this over-eagerness to disprove them is telling.

sesquipedalian on March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

How would forcing the companies to move out of the US saved those jobs?

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM

That’s a pile of BS. No company would incur the expense of moving offshore, because they couldn’t save a few bucks on outsourcing an American tech worker or replacing them with an H1B visa wage slave.

Rebar on March 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

What a f***ing crock.

In July 1999, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed, Fiorina’s father, issued a ruling that made it far more difficult for class-action lawyers to file securities lawsuits. Breaking with two other courts of appeals, Sneed said a legal reform Congress passed in 1995 at the urging of high-tech executives besieged by such suits meant plaintiffs needed solid evidence of wrongdoing before they went to court. (emphasis mine)

As Ed suggests, federal courts of appeals hear cases in three-judge panels picked from a pool of, say, 15 to 20 in each of the 11 federal circuits. So, Sneed didn’t unilaterally “[issue] a ruling.” At a minimum, another judge had to agree with him, which is evidently what happened.

Also, “breaking with two other circuits” is a ridiculous statement. Circuit courts disagree all the time–it’s called a conflict between or among circuits–and if important enough, the U.S. Supreme Court, when petitioned, may decided to resolve the conflict.

Absolutely laughable.

BuckeyeSam on March 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I don’t get it. Why take cheap shots at her, when there are so many legitimate ones available?

Barbara Boxer can pilot a sinking ship as good as anyone in a red suit can.

Exactly. I’ll write in Mickey Mouse before I’ll vote for Carly Fiorina.

sandberg on March 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

It sure would be nice to see these sleezy lawyers run head on, into the back of one of those ambulances. They’re less valuable than mold.

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Meh, The Demon Sheep ad is more embarrassing than this.

Speaking of that, why not snuff out a Demon Sheep and help elect a real conservative to the Senate!

NTWR on March 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

sesquipedalian on March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

You mean like….your over eagerness to rationalize, defend, and support a President who is slowly, but surely destroying our country?

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The real question is, why is the supposedly non-partisan Politico publishing a thinly-veiled hit piece on Fiorina.
OK, that isn’t really a question. ;)

DGOOCH on March 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Where is the National Organization for Women? Oh wait, they only speak for Democrat women…

TN Mom on March 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

You mean like… your over eagerness to rationalize, defend, and support a President who is slowly, but surely destroying our country?

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

yes, but without the drama.

sesquipedalian on March 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Has Carly Fiorina ever done anything to deserve the spot she’s running for? Her primary claim-to-fame is as failed HP chief, and some sort of assistant to McCain.

She’s got chutzpah running for the US Senate imo. Isn’t there anyone better qualified in this race than she?

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Well, she also drove Lucent into the ground, her stepping stone to HP.

I agree Jiangx – some other Rep out there has got to be available – I cannot and will not support her, due to her multi-million dollar failures – while wrecking 1 company – and putting 1 on life support, until they threw her the hell out.

And made millions in “speaking fees” around the country, after getting thrown out of HP. She has the look, pedigree and name – but lacks real results.

Also want to mention – as to her father – HP (led by the Hewlett and Packard families) detested her nom for CEO – had some nasty proxy fights and did everything in their power to keep her away. I doubt her fathers decision had anything to do with her hiring, being they didnt want her – though the usual IB suspects wanted her…

Odie1941 on March 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

He has his supporters, but he’s too conservative to win, in my opinion.

I do hope you’re wrong.

Bob's Kid on March 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I’m not up on CA politics at all, but a cursory search of DeVore seems to indicate that he has some solid credentials. Any CA contributors have some info?

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

This flier shows the differences between DeVore and all the other candidates clearly. He also has a great sense of humor evidenced by the Demon Sheep hunting expedition his team is launching to protect the flock (see link in my other post).

NTWR on March 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Feinstein is liberal, but sane. Boxer is a liberal lunatic. I’d prefer to see Campbell or even DeVore win, but a RINO is about the most one can hope for from Cahleefornya. Otherwise Tom McClintock would be governor. Fiorina is who Boxer fears the most and would certainly be an improvement.

cartooner on March 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM

your lack of imagination is quite unsurprising.

sasquatchpanties on March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Your lack of respect is quite unsurprising.

whether or not the allegations are true, this over-eagerness to disprove them is telling.

Overeagerness? Laughable. Telling of what, O please do tell?

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Thx *AnninCA* and *NTWR*.

hillbillyjim on March 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Boxer is a sneaky woman. She will do anything to keep her life seat.
You can bet she is pulling the strings on bloggers and her pets at Wash Post, NYT and SF Chron.

FireBlogger on March 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

‘cheap shot’ regarding RINO Fiorina would be to stuff her into a cannon.

May she enjoy taking Boxer’s seat. The only difference it will make will be to Boxer, because Fiorina’s own radical-feminist sisterhood claptrap, coupled with her liberal-progressive foolishness will be no change for the rest of us.

rayra on March 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM

A run for the Senate takes Millions of dollars now.

barnone on March 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Especially in a big, populated state like CA.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM

This is the first time in living memory that I have been aware of the ninth circuit bening on the correct side.

burt on March 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

That’s a pile of BS. No company would incur the expense of moving offshore, because they couldn’t save a few bucks on outsourcing an American tech worker or replacing them with an H1B visa wage slave.

Rebar on March 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

You lack of knowledge regarding finance is duly noted.

It’s more than a few dollars, more like millions, billions for a large company.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Actually, companies make decisions on where to open their next factory based on many factors. Wages is one. Friendliness of the govt is another. The US has been growing more and more unfriendly to business over the years. Is it any surprise that businesses that can, have left.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Has Carly Fiorina ever done anything to deserve the spot she’s running for?
JiangxiDad on March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Yes!

She has been an American for more than nine years.

She is over the age of 30.

And
She is a resident of California!

DSchoen on March 3, 2010 at 4:04 PM

And we all see how that worked out, Fiorina made HP go down in flames……wait….

I could see if this was some unqualified person being put in charge of a company but it wasn’t. Maybe politico should do more investigating on how some people get jobs their not qualified for, like MN Senators.

Rbastid on March 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Unless they dress someone up as a glowing-eyed wolf and make a commercial depicting Fiorina as a sheep in wolf’s clothing (get it? huh?), I don’t see how they’re going to get any viral animus with staying power going against her.

The much bigger story in the CA Senate race is that Tom Campbell, Fiorina’s leading GOP rival, has serious ties to an Islamist fund-raiser with links to al Qaeda (documented by the FBI). Campbell has done more than accept donations from this guy; he’s defended the guy in public commentary, in spite of law enforcement evidence of CAIR’s association with Islamic terrorists. Jennifer Rubin is following this closely at Commentary. It’s good info. I knew Campbell was a “moderate” Republican with a questionable affinity for government-program-ism, but had no idea about this, or his record of trying to cut off US funding for Israel while he was in the House.

J.E. Dyer on March 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM

your lack of imagination is quite unsurprising.
sasquatchpanties on March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

True, it takes a LOT of imagination to make a scandal out of this story.

DSchoen on March 3, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Regardless Fiorina’s connection to Sneed and the Supreme Court ruling, I wouldn’t vote for this woman under any circumstance since reading BetBasoo’s excellent letter taking issue with a series of baseless assertions made by Fiorina in a speech she delivered on September 26, 2001.

Ever too willing to absorb the msm driven meme of the day, without a lick of investigative effort or challenge to received opinion, Fiorina’s quoted remarks about [imagined-undocumented-fictitious ] “achievements” of Arab-Muslim civilization, for the most part – untrue, in the very least – misleading, demonstrates lack of credibility, integrity.

Peter BetBasoo dismantled her toady speech, absurdity by absurdity. Her fatuousness never to be forgotten or forgiven.

heroyalwhyness on March 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM