Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina Abandons Conservatism for Biden

But of course.  Here’s the headline from the left-wing The Atlantic:

She Wanted to Be a Republican President. She’s Voting for Biden.
The former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells The Ticket that she plans to vote for Joe Biden.

The story says this:

“Republicans who say Donald Trump should lose in November but insist they won’t vote for Joe Biden aren’t being honest, Carly Fiorina argues.

Fiorina was a Republican candidate for president just four years ago and was briefly Ted Cruz’s prospective running mate. Trump needs to go, she says—and that means she’s voting for Biden.

Fiorina is not going to keep quiet, write in another candidate, or vote third-party. “I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” she told me, in an interview that can be heard in full on the latest episode of The Ticket. “And elections are binary choices.” She struggled with the decision, and whether to go public. But she said that this struggle is one Republicans need to have—including those who have rationalized supporting Trump despite their disagreements, because of some of his policies or judicial appointments.

‘As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country,” she said. “I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.’”

Shocker. Not.

The only real question here? Why doesn’t Ms. Fiorina just do what she so clearly believes – and finally leave the Republican Party to register as a Democrat?

Recall this from The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus in 2015, bold print for emphasis supplied:

“Carly Fiorina says some, well, interesting things while waiting to go on camera.

In 2010, the then-GOP Senate nominee went all middle-school-cafeteria on her Democratic opponent’s hairdo. “God, what is that hair? Sooo yesterday,” Fiorina, already miked up, commented, quoting an aide’s assessment. Two years earlier, in the makeup room at ABC’s “This Week” with me, Fiorina said something that, at the time, was mildly interesting, but is now revelatory. It was May 2008, close to the end of the long primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and we were discussing the two Democratic contenders.

At which point Fiorina, then a campaign surrogate for presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, offered some unprompted praise for Clinton: If Fiorina hadn’t been backing McCain, she told me, she would have been for Clinton.”

Got that? In 2008, if John McCain had not been in the race, Carly Fiorina said she would have supported Hillary Clinton.

Now? Now the problem is Donald Trump – so Fiorina will vote for Joe Biden.

To say the least, Fiorina is nothing if not the epitome of ideological flexibility. Which is to say, when it comes to political principle – she has none.

Or perhaps more accurately, she is no conservative. She is, in fact, typical of the Never Trumpers. They pretend to conservatism to run for office  (at one point in 2016 she was set to be selected as a running mate by Ted Cruz had he won the nomination) – or they pretend to get appointed to office.

But always – always, always, always – when push comes to shove, they are out the philosophical door in a shot. They’re pro-life? Heck, let’s go with the pro-abortion candidate. They support tax cuts? Let’s support the candidate that wants to raise taxes. And on and on.

The only real question here? Why doesn’t Ms. Fiorina just do what she so clearly believes – and finally leave the Republican Party to register as a Democrat?

Because, in fact, a liberal Democrat is exactly what she is.