While I’ve been bullish on my gal Carly Fiorina since that confident and optimistic woman launched her bid for the United States Senate, I know she hasn’t had the easiest road to hoe. Her opponent, 28-year Washington veteran Barbara Boxer has never been an effective advocate of the Golden State in the halls of Congress, but she has been effective at raking in campaign cash. Meanwhile, 61% of Californians voted for Obama in 2008 — while the state hasn’t elected a Republican Senator in over two decades (not since Pete Wilson’s reelection in 1988).
Yet, Carly has run a vigorous campaign, impressing Californians with her energy and determination. I’ve always believed that if she can make this race about her opponent while showing that she could better serve the state than the failed 3-term incumbent, she would win. And I’m not alone. She’s been surging in recent polls, closing the gap. Jay Cost agrees, believing the career politician to be vulnerable:
Barbara Boxer in particular looks to be in bad shape, pulling in just 46 percent of the vote in the RealClearPolitics average. The Fox News poll finds her job approval at a terrible 42 percent.
Finding that Fiorina has a “fighting Chance”, Daniel Halper cites perhaps the most important goal Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group identifies in his Wednesday memo to the Carly campaign:
The goal is to “be able to bring focus back onto Boxer [so that the Fiorina] campaign will be able to convert the remaining Independents and undecided voters that it needs to capture a plurality on election day,” Sackett’s memo claims.
Keep the focus on Barbara Boxer, whose “most famous moments on Capitol Hill“, the editors of her home town paper write, “have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots.”
You too can help Carly keep the focus on this partisan Democrat whose lacluster approval languishes in the low forties by supporting her campaign.