Carly Fiorina wouldn’t be qualified to be president even if she weren’t a woman

Carly Fiorina wouldn’t be qualified to be president even if she weren’t a woman
Well played, Carly!

How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy is, would not be taken even semi-seriously were it not for her gender.

This is a tough and controversial thing to say, but it requires saying. I would love to see a female president, of either party, and expect I will — if not in 2016 then in an election to come. But the female president I would love to see is one who is fully qualified to be president — qualified by dint of experience, not of chromosomes. Carly Fiorina is not that woman.

That assessment has everything to do with biography, and nothing to do with ideology. (If South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley or New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte chose to run for president, you might find me disagreeing with their positions, but not questioning their qualifications.) In my view, Fiorina’s background simply does not prepare her to be president.

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