I enjoy Michelle Malkin’s blog and find that while her rhetoric is sometimes a bit overheated, she always gets her facts right. During the 2008 campaign, for example, when other conservative bloggers breathlessly covered the “Drudge-promoted story of a McCain volunteer claiming to have been attacked by a black man whom she accused of carving a “B” in her face after spotting her McCain bumper sticker“, Michelle refused to jump on the bandwagon, finding from the outset that the story smell “awfully weird.”
Well, today, she gets her facts right in a piece on Carly Fiorina, but makes a very poor comparison, contending that that conservative woman is channeling in “her Dede Scozzafava” when she levels (what Malkin calls) her “strongest argument against DeVore [that he’s] a white man and she’s not.”
While I support Carly, I agree that this was not the best argument for her to make. Fiorina is as much a mainstream conservative as DeVore. Indeed, to compare the former HP CEO to Scozzafava only shows how different the two women are. Fiorina opposed the “stimulus” and is against “card check” legislation, two items on the Democratic agenda the New York Republican backed. On every major issue on which the Californian has offered an opinion, she has shown herself to be in the mainstream of American conservatism, even, alas, in her support for Proposition 8.
No wonder such Senate conservatives as Tom Coburn, Jon Kyl and James Inhofe I have backed her.
Look, I agree with Carly that she has a better chance of beating Barbara Boxer because she’s a woman. It makes it far more difficult for that left-wing gutter politician to herself raise the gender card and play the victim (as she is certain to do). But, this is not something Carly should have said. It makes it look like she is campaigning on her gender whereas, she has repeatedly (and articulately) spelled out her conservative position on a number of issues.
Indeed, it causes the media to focus on that one controversial comment and ignore the other things she’s been saying. Indeed, the headline of the American Spectator post which Michelle links focuses on that aspect of her remarks this morning at an American Spectator Newsmaker Breakfast while the text of the post indicates she spelled our her position on a broad range of issues, showing herself to be a truly mainstream conservative.
Carly may have made a controversial comment this morning, but she’s no Dede Scozzafava. All you need do is listen to what she’s been saying on the campaign trail.