Submitted By Todd on February 7th at 9:04pm
In case you haven’t heard, Ms. Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and ex-John McCain economic adviser, is running for the US Senate in California. Earlier this week her campaign released an ad that depicts former US Rep. Tom Campbell, an opponent in the GOP primary, as a glowing-eyed, demonic wolf in sheep’s clothing. The point of the thing is to label Campbell as a FCINO – Fiscal Conservative in Name Only. But even to say that the ad has “a point” is to imply that it has narrative coherence. Which it doesn’t.While the sheep are a little out there, doesn't the piece do a good job of portraying Campbell as an FCINO? And won't the new label resonate with conservatives, on the lookout for RINO's?
“Carly Fiorina’s campaign is in full Mutton Meltdown [sic], with an increasingly bizarre fixation on farm animals,” said Campbell spokesman James Fisfis in a statement. In politics, it's not a good sign when your opponent is directing attention to your ads – particularly if they attack him by name. But is the Fiorina camp being crazy like a, uh, fox?I wouldn't be in such a hurry to gloat were I with the Campbell camp.
Maybe the ad is working. Fiorina has received loads of free media coverage that at least mentions her claim that Campbell is a false fiscal conservative. In a GOP primary, that’s a tough charge. And polls show that Fiorina may be behind Campbell at this point, meaning that she needs to do something to shake up the race.Hard hitting, I would call it. And yes, a little bit out there. But, it's California. And it's a closed primary, so there won't be the usual crossover voting.