Yesterday, my gal for the race to unseat Ma’am Boxer, Carly Fiorina, took to the pixels of BigGovernment.com to take on Obamacare, calling it a “fiscal albatross for our already ballooning federal budget deficit“:
This proposal will cost taxpayers up to $2.5 trillion, create a massive new entitlement, raise taxes, add to the federal deficit and fail to solve our nation’s health care crisis. It is the kind of big government answer that we have come to expect from Democrats, particularly my opponent, Barbara Boxer. It is the same answer that has proven to fail this country time and time again.
When it comes to big government follies, this businesswoman doesn’t mince her words.
Knowing the media challenges facing critics of big government, Carly Fiorina understands the importance of blogs in getting her message out. Since she announced her Senate bid earlier this month, she has already communicated directly with your humble correspondent on two occasions, once on a conference call (with other bloggers) and the second time in a one-on-one telephone interview.
In that conversation, when I asked her how she planned on dealing with a hostile media and Boxer’s politics of the gutter, she replied “that’s why you and your colleagues are so important; you’re changing the course of political discourse.” She intends to use technology “aggressively” to get her message out. As to Ma’am’s attacks, well, Carly told me she is not unused to “hostile media.”
It’s nice to have a Republican candidate who recognizes the importance of new media. Carly Fiorina has learned from past GOP defeats. In the past, her Democratic opponent, Barbara Boxer has been dependent on the mainstream media from keeping her record under wraps. In her 1998 campaign, for example, she didn’t suffer for limiting her access to the press to avoid questions about her daughter’s then marriage to the then-President Bill Clinton’s ethically challenged brother-in-law.
But, Boxer has never faced an election, with a fully operational blogosphere, eager to raise questions about her voting record and the distance she has kept from her constituents. According to her office, she does hold townhalls for Californians, but only for those who “come to Washington every week that the Senate is in session.” So, during this recession, when one in eight Californians are out of work and others scraping to get buy, a citizen of the Golden State has to buy a ticket for a transcontinental flight just to talk to our junior Senator.
Wonder if the California media have reported on Ma’am’s inaccessibility. Well, where the media fears to tread, we bloggers won’t hesitate to inquire. It’s nice to have a Republican candidate who appreciates our efforts.