One of the primary reasons I’ve been so gung-ho for my gal Carly Fiorina is that she is a fiscal conservative who knows that we need to reduce the burdens government places on business while bucking her party on issues near and dear to my heart. This accomplished woman both supports civil unions for gay couples and backs repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT).
While her opponent may hold similar views, Barbara Boxer’s been in the Senate for 18 years, and has so far failed to persuade any of her colleagues to vote on the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act or repealing DADT. Indeed, as the San Francisco Chronicle acknowledged, the Democrat couldn’t even move a climate change bill that was the signature project of the Senate committee she chairs!
Because “Boxer personalizes the political discourse,” John McCain said, “she’s had so very little effect of any kind in the political process”. A polarizing figure is little help in changing minds. Carly Fiorina, by contrast, is a much more congenial woman. It’s Republican Senators we need to reach on DADT repeal — and federal civil unions. And my gal can reach out to them.
These folks are far more likely to listen to an upbeat Republican than a divisive Democrat. A Republican Senator from the nation’s largest state will certainly have considerable sway over her colleagues.
Barbara Boxer may say all the right things on gay issues, but she’s had her chance — and failed. She’s accomplished nothing for gay Californians. The Senate is a deliberative body where one’s ability to influence her fellows matters as much as — if not more than — one’s politics.
We need Republican votes to repeal DADT. Carly Fiorina can be a strong voice for repeal in the Republican caucus. Boxer can’t even get her fellow Democrats to act on one of their pet issues.
Simply put, if you want to see DADT repealed in the 112th Congress, in California, Carly Fiorina is your gal.