Here’s what former HP CEO and current Republican candidate for president Carly Fiorina has to say about the 1.4 billion people who live in China:
“I’ve been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate,” Fiorina said. “They’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate; that’s why they’re stealing our intellectual property.”
Fiorina spewed this patently offensive nonsense in a January interview with an Iowa political blog called Caffeinated Thoughts that only began getting national notice yesterday.
As an indicator of how a President Fiorina might handle foreign relations, the interview says all that needs to be said … none of it good.
But it also demonstrates something else.
Fiorina, who has no better chance of becoming president than I do, proudly touts the fact that she has no experience in politics (unless you want to count a failed run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.) The theory, held dear mostly by non-establishment Republicans, is that a candidate unsullied by actual experience in the political world is better suited for high elected office than those who do have such experience.
This has never made any sense, with all due respect to U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
Would HP have ever hired Carly Fiorina to run their company if she had no previous business experience?
Of course not.
Nor would Fiorina have spoken so insultingly of the citizens of a key U.S. trade partner if she had even a little bit of political acumen.