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Carly Fiorina starts off with a silly mistake……

[ Ms. Fiorina says she was only recounting a friend’s comments about her political opponent, Ms. Boxer. ]

Fiorina made a comment about Califorina Senator Barbara Boxer’s hair….

Not a big deal….

But the media loves ‘open mike’ ramblings…..

And love reporting ‘open mike’ ramblings…..

And they become issues……

Like it …or…not….


In one of those classic campaign gaffes,Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer, the California Democrat, was caught mocking Ms. Boxer’s hair into an open microphone on Wednesday. She also had a few tough words about the newly minted Republican candidate for governor and her B.F.F.-on-the-stump,Meg Whitman.

Ms. Fiorina’s comments were, all told, really no more incendiary than a bit of warm pasta salad — who hasn’t indulged in some off-the-record chitchat about the grooming habits of others now and then? But they presented her with a political problem that could haunt her throughout the campaign.

They both inform and confirm the image from her days as chief executive at Hewlett-Packard that she is tart and unpleasant. And they open the entire campaign to perceptions, however tired or unfair, that women can be dragged down the road of pettiness, perceptions that detract from the serious and pressing issues of the day.

“The fact is that some voters, including many women, find this interesting and no doubt form their character judgments on such matters,” said Bruce E. Cain, a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Of course, bad or old-fashioned hair can become a metaphor for being out of step and in need of change,” he added. “I would like to believe that people use the trivial to express their thoughts about what matters, rather than believe that the trivial matters. That said, it is not a good way to start a woman-on-woman race by playing into negative stereotypes about female culture.”

While the comments may be viewed through the prism of sex, they more likely mark Ms. Fiorina as a novice more than anything else. “I think this is a mistake of a rookie candidate who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut,” said Garry South, a Democratic strategist in Santa Monica. “If a man had made the comment, it would have been viewed as sexist. When a woman says it, it would be viewed as catty.”

Senator Boxer saw an opening, and took it. “Let her talk about hair; we’re talking about jobs,” said Rose Kapolczynski, her campaign manager.

Video of the episode shows Ms. Fiorina waiting to be interviewed by a Sacramento television station, scrolling through her BlackBerry and asking a staff member why Ms. Whitman would want to appear on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, which she deemed too tough an interview.

Then, after commentary on the passion for hamburgers shared by her husband and male staff members, Ms. Fiorina somehow pivoted to the locks of her Democratic opponent.

[ Barbara Boxer, whose hair got an unfavorable review from her opponent, Carly Fiorina. ]

“Laura saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says, ‘God, what is that hair?’ Soooooooo yesterday,” Ms. Fiorina said, scrolling, scrolling.

More….

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June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 5 Comments

Daniel…..California Senate, Nevada Senate, Colorado Senate AND why I’m not happy about it

Hello my fellow Republicans!

Things have really gone wrong quite a bit in some KEY SENATE RACES over the last two weeks.

In California former Hewlett-Packard MORON screw Candidate Carly Fiorina (R-CA) appears set to win the Republican Primary over former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) and State Representative Chuck DeVore (R-CA) presenting Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) her Re-Election on a SILVER PLATE.


Once again I’m saying that Fiorina is:

1. Too Conservative for the State

2. Has no Crossover Appeal

and 3. Has too much baggage with her tenure as HP Chief Executive during the Financial Crisis.


In Nevada the GOP is about to nominate the weakest Candidate in decades to take on Majority Leader Harry Reid: Sharron Angle.

If she wins this we’re screwed here too. I’m all for Businessman Danny Tarkanian now. The NRSC has to be blamed for this Race by not getting popular Congressman Dean Heller to run here.

In Colorado the Republican Establishment is still backing fmr. Lt. Governor Jane Norton (R-CO). She has already said some contoversial Comments and will do so time and time again. I’ve endorsed Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. Buck a couple of months back and I hope he can win this come August 10th.

Daniel G.

Ah, Daniel…..I can’t help but notice that you have separated yourself from every GOP woman candidate….Including South Carolina’s Haley…..

Is this a coincidence?

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 32 Comments

Daniel…..California Senate, Nevada Senate, Colorado Senate AND why I'm not happy about it

Hello my fellow Republicans!

Things have really gone wrong quite a bit in some KEY SENATE RACES over the last two weeks.

In California former Hewlett-Packard MORON screw Candidate Carly Fiorina (R-CA) appears set to win the Republican Primary over former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) and State Representative Chuck DeVore (R-CA) presenting Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) her Re-Election on a SILVER PLATE.


Once again I’m saying that Fiorina is:

1. Too Conservative for the State

2. Has no Crossover Appeal

and 3. Has too much baggage with her tenure as HP Chief Executive during the Financial Crisis.


In Nevada the GOP is about to nominate the weakest Candidate in decades to take on Majority Leader Harry Reid: Sharron Angle.

If she wins this we’re screwed here too. I’m all for Businessman Danny Tarkanian now. The NRSC has to be blamed for this Race by not getting popular Congressman Dean Heller to run here.

In Colorado the Republican Establishment is still backing fmr. Lt. Governor Jane Norton (R-CO). She has already said some contoversial Comments and will do so time and time again. I’ve endorsed Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. Buck a couple of months back and I hope he can win this come August 10th.

Daniel G.

Ah, Daniel…..I can’t help but notice that you have separated yourself from every GOP woman candidate….Including South Carolina’s Haley…..

Is this a coincidence?

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 32 Comments

Daniel…..California Primaries: Whitman, Fiorina enjoying BIG leads BUT Campbell fares better than Fiorina in a General Election Match-Up new LA Times / USC / Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Survey shows

Hello Folks!

We’re 9 Days away from the “Golden States” Primaries and a new Statewide Survey comissioned by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner shows the two Women running in the Republican Primaries holding BIG leads.

One BIG Caveat:

Are Republicans are about to nominate the weaker Republican Senate Candidate for November? The Survey shows former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) would lead Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) by 7 Points while former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R-CA) would trail Boxer by 6 Points.

Time and Time again I said that the GOP would only have a shot with Campbell as a Senate Candidate against Boxer. I WAS RIGHT spot on.

Mark my words: If Fiorina wins this (as it looks now most likely) it’s GAME OVER for Republicans in the California Senate Race.

Los Angeles Times / University of Southern California / Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Survey

California Governor

Republican Primary

Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman  53 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner  29 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  12 %

General Election

Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)  44 %
Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman (R)  38 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  12 %

Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)  45 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R)  31 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  14 %

California United States Senate

Republican Primary

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina  38 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell  23 %
State Representative Chuck DeVore  16 %
Undecided  16 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  20 %

General Election

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  44 %
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  38 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  38 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
State Representative Chuck DeVore (R)  36 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  10 %

Analysis:

See the top.

Daniel G.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sarah Palin……on Carly Fiorina……

From MyDD……

Palin writes this on Facebook……

The title of her comment was….”Lets shake up California…..”

I’d like to tell you about a Commonsense Conservative running for office in California this year. She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges, and then entered an arena where few women had tread. Through a combination of hard work, perseverance, and common sense, she proved the naysayers wrong to reach the top of her field, where she led with distinction – facing hard truths, making tough decisions, and showing real leadership through a rocky transition period. Where others had failed, her company had weathered the storm and settled on a stronger new foundation.

Her name is Carly Fiorina, and I’m proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.

Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times. Most importantly, she’s running for the right reasons. She has an understanding that is sorely lacking in D.C. She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize (sic) job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career……

More……..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

ALL of the GOP contenders for the California Senate seat aim at Boxer..not each other….

GOP Senate primary

[ Tom Campbell, left, and Carly Fiorina, with Chuck Devore, have been overshadowed by Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman in governor’s race ]

California Senator Barbara Boxer is not one of my favorite persons….

I don’t know her….. really…..

Never met her…

But I can’t get past a scene that played out last year in which she dressed down a US Army General for not addressing her

the way she wanted to be addressed…..

…….’ Senator  Boxer…..Sir!….’

The Democrats really can’t afford to lose the seat……

But I wouldn’t mind seeing she go back to private life……

The leading Republicans competing for their party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate moved into the final phase of their campaign Friday, largely seeking to ignore each other and focus, instead, on the incumbent they hope to unseat, Democrat Barbara Boxer.

The most recent polls have shown two of the candidates, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell, locked in a tight race for the June 8 primary, with Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore trailing in a distant third.

That dynamic ordinarily might lead the two top contenders to spend the remaining 3½ weeks shredding one another’s records. But, instead, as the three finished their last debate of the campaign Thursday night in Los Angeles, Fiorina launched two new television spots that made no mention of her GOP opponents. Instead, they cast her as a “battle-tested conservative Republican” who would hold Boxer accountable for a “huge expansion of federal government.”

Campbell has his own spot that features unflattering footage of Boxer waving papers in the air and accuses her of profligate spending, arrogance and isolation from average Americans.

More……..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Daniel……California Senate: Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) still very vulnerable in her Re-Election Bid……

Hello Dog!

According to a new Statewide Survey in the Golden State Democratic Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) still remain very vulnerable in her Quest for Re-Election with former U. S. Tom Campbell (R-CA) polling stongest against her.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

General Election

[ Boxer and Campbell ]

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  43 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  42 %
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  38 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  42 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore (R)  39 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  12 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://barbaraboxer.com/
http://www.campbell.org/
http://www.carlyforcalifornia.com/
http://www.chuckdevore.com/n/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  57 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  35 %
Disapprove  63 %

Analysis:

Boxer is still stuck in the low 40ties. I wonder if that will change once the Republican Nominee has been decided?

Two Scenarios come to mind:

1. She could jump out to a big lead benefitting from the strong Democratic Lean of the State

or

2. She is so damaged after all this Years that this Race will stay close until the November General Election.

On the Senate Races:

We took some big hits today as Pataki & Thompson declined to run  thus assuring Democrats the Retention of the Upper United States Legislative  Chamber barring a MAJOR EARTHQUAKE ELECTION.

Still, there is no need to have a letdown. We just need to make sure we TAKE OUR CHANCES that we still have and one of the BIGGEST PRIORITIES would be to defeat Boxer and Reid if we can. It also would put us in an advanced Position for the 2012 Election.

Remember this throughout these next months………

“The more successfull WE ARE this year the GREATER the Chances we gain Control of the Senate in 2012.

Daniel G.

The Dog is just happy to hear Daniel say the Senate will NOT change parties……

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 7 Comments

Daniel…..California Senate: Another Field Poll SHOCKER; CA-SEN Race now a Toss-Up; Campbell edges ahead of Boxer; Campbell also ahead in the GOP Primary by 6 Points…..

Hello Dog!

One Day after Field released their Governor Polling showing Whitman ahead of Brown by 3 Points they now have Numbers today for the Senate Race showing former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) edging out Democratic Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Campbell also leads the Republican Primrary by 6 Points over former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R-CA).

Field Research Corporation Survey

California Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell  28 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina  22 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore  9 %
Undecided  41 %

General Election


Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  44 %
Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  43 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  45 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  44 %
Undecided  11 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  45 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore (R)  41 %
Undecided  14 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://barbaraboxer.com/
http://www.campbell.org/
http://www.carlyforcalifornia.com/
http://www.chuckdevore.com/n/

Full Results of the Field Poll including Candidates Favorables can be found here:

http://field.com/fieldpollonline/subscribers/

Obama coming to CA to stump for Boxer

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34606.html


Analysis:

The CA-SEN Race is now a TOSS-UP. If we said to Democrats a year ago “Hey, we can make CA-SEN competitive” we would have been called STUPID. In the last 4 Polls Campbell and Boxer are within 4 Points of each other. I expect some of the Political Handicappers in DC to move this Race into Toss-Up.

The Real Clear Politics Average shows Boxer ahead by 2,2 Points. I think that’s close enough to move it. The Pollster.com Average has similar findings.

Guess what who is coming: Yes, the President. While the Dog will once again hail his vist I’m sceptical this will help the Incumbent. Presidential Visits to California are RARE when it comes to Elections. It’s usually not a good sign if the Democratic has to come for the Rescue in a Deep Blue State.

Daniel G.

He, he, he…..we have eight months to go…Obama usually goes to Cali to raise money…..they all do….

I also don’t like Boxer…..

The Dog

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 9 Comments

Daniel…..California Senate: Could Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) lose her Senate Seat; Have the Republicans finally found the 10th Senate Seat to take over the Chamber?

Hello Dog and good morning!

Democrats getting into precarious Situations even more. After an R 2000 / DKOS Poll indicated California Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) might be in serious Trouble another Pollster confirms it now showing Boxer ahead by only 2 Points (R2000 had her ahead 47-43). At the beginning of the Cycle this would have been impossible to think. With that in mind I’m beginning to think the following: Have Republicans finally found their 10th Seat to take over the Senate? More Analysis later.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate

[ Campbell, Fiorina and Boxer ]
General Election

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  43 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  9 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://barbaraboxer.com/
http://www.campbell.org/
http://www.carlyforcalifornia.com/
http://www.chuckdevore.com/n/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  42 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  24 %
Disapprove  75 %

Analysis:

Despite bad Approvals I don’t Arnold has hurt Republicans (as the Dog claims over and over again). This Race is now a TOSS-UP and mark these (my words): If Democrats are losing the California Senate Race come November they’ll lose their Senate Majority too – GUARANTEED.

Daniel G.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 6 Comments

Merlin on Barbara Boxer's California Senate race……

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Goden State shows Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D) may very well have the Race of her Political Life in 2010. She is well under 50 % and barely leads her Republican Challengers.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Boxer, Fiorina and Campbell……..

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  45 %
former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  46 %
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R)  42 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  47 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  42 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  72 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Despite a horrible JA from the “Governator” and decent Numbers from the President Senator Boxer’s Numbers are pretty underwhelming. That should be concerning.

Merlin

This from Rasmussen on the race…….

The Democratic-leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”

Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 46% to 42%, virtually unchanged from January. Another seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Boxer led Fiorina by nine points in November and 10 points in September.

The incumbent also holds a four-point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell, 45% to 41%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate, and 10% are undecided. Boxer held the same lead over Campbell, just after he joined the race in January.

The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment