McCain surrogate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, said today in a radio interview that Sarah Palin wouldn't have the experience to run her old company:
"Do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett Packard?" the host asked Fiorina.
"No, I don't," she replied. "But that's not what she's running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things."
That is accurate. Computer companies don't generally focus on issues of war, commerce, or the welfare of the citizenry.
They are however similar in size: HP's global workforce is about as large as the number of registered voters in Alaska.
As Fiorina herself was drummed out of HP by the company's board in 2005, she could tell you exactly what you need to fail running HP.
Sadly, there was no follow-up question. The first that comes to my mind (aside from "Should McCain advocates really be trying to make Sarh Palin look like someone without executive experience?") is "What about Radio Shack? Could she at least run a Radio Shack?"
Which all points to why Obama should have chosen Al Gore as a running mate — He did invent the internet, after all.
Update: Video after the jump…
Tags: Alaska, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, MSNBC, Sarah Palin