WSJ Examines Carly Fiorina's Senate Run

RedTracker| WSJ Magazine interviews Carly Fiorina, the California Republican, ex CEO of H-P, breast-cancer woman in recovery who hopes to unseat Democratic senator Barbara Boxer this fall.

We read that Fiorina dropped out of law school with just a medieval-history degree. “During college she worked as a receptionist at DJ’s Hair Salon in Menlo Park, Calif. “Only in America could a medieval history student, a law-school dropout and a full-time receptionist rise to become the CEO of one of the largest companies in the world,” she said during a speech in Santa Cruz, clutching the podium with velvety-red-manicured nails.”

WSJ describes Fiorina, along with Meg Whitman and several other Repuboican candidates running this fall, as a return to a sensible, less ideological Republican vanguard — the Rockefeller Republicans, as they were once called.

A double victory could also help Republicans partly fill a void of prominent female leaders. Despite the ubiquitous Sarah Palin, “Republican women are finding it increasingly difficult to push their way into the party,” says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Walsh and others attribute the gap to the party’s shift to the right on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, since female candidates tend to be more socially moderate. “The combination of Carly and Meg can go a long way toward attracting Republican and Independent voters,” Arizona Senator John McCain says. “The whole of them is greater than the sum of the parts.”

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