Oct 242010

The reason why these are coming so late – is that this is the pattern when reliably liberal papers can not defend their usually preferred choices for endorsement.

Redding and Pasadena join the hit parade. It just plain sucks to be Barbara Boxer.

Pasadena Star-News: Our View: Fiorina for Senate
October 23, 2010


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, for all her business acumen and smarts, can come across in public much as her opponent, three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer, does – high-handed, essentially.

But unlike Boxer, Fiorina possesses an extraordinary record of accomplishment for California. Those accomplishments are entirely in the private sector. In our ongoing economic downturn to which joblessness is key, it’s precisely someone who understands private-sector job creation who we want representing us in Washington. As a Silicon Valley leader, the only woman CEO of a Fortune 20 corporation, Fiorina understands the way forward economically for our state.

Fiorina, unlike Boxer, is at heart a true moderate in tune with average Californians. She has it right when saying she can’t abide by the politics of extremists who pretend President Obama wasn’t born in America or is a Muslim, for instance. She bashed Sarah Palin for not having the gravitas of a true leader. But after making her stands quite clear, the candidate said she does agree with several tea party platform planks: reducing the federal deficit, helping small business and allowing the free-market economy to grow with fewer regulations.

Those are some of the reasons we think Carly Fiorina should be California’s next senator, alongside similar moderate Dianne Feinstein. She says that just because you can’t agree with someone 100 percent doesn’t mean you can’t work with that person. In Washington, D.C., and especially in the Senate, formerly a chummy, deliberative body, there is today so little common sense.

Incumbent Sen. Boxer has spent 18 years hammering away on a national liberal agenda for which she has accomplished little except for driving away colleagues. Even Democrats find her a one-note politician instead of a problem-solving public servant working for all 36 million California residents.

Standing in contrast is Feinstein, a diplomatic, hard-working leader who is not afraid to go against her party to get something done. She is one of the most accomplished senators working in the upper chamber.

Fiorina would be wise to emulate Feinstein should she win election on Nov. 2. She has the background to succeed. Yes, she made mistakes at Hewlett Packard that eventually led to her ouster. Few corporate leaders survive for decades at the top. She was a pioneering woman in a highly visible post. Her attitude has always remained can-do.

We need Fiorina’s wordly experience to represent California’s entrepreneurial culture in the U.S. Senate and help get our state and our nation back on track.

Redding Record Searchlight: Fiorina brings focus on jobs to Senate race
October 23, 2010

Aside from their political views, it’s striking how much Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, have in common.

Both are hard-charging, ideologically uncompromising women who’ve fought their way to the big leagues in what, when they started, were overwhelmingly male-dominated games — Boxer in politics, Fiorina in business.

But when it comes to ideas, the divide is as deep as the Clear Creek Gorge. On nearly every issue, Fiorina is a vocally partisan Republican while Boxer is the very epitome of Marin County liberalism. Frankly, neither’s stances hit a sensible sweet spot, but cloning’s banned so there’s only one Dianne Feinstein.

For the north state, though, the stakes are especially high. Boxer has a well-earned reputation as a champion of environmental causes. The expansion of new wilderness areas around California in the past two decades very much carries her stamp, and in the race with Fiorina she touts her commitment to the protection of the California coast from oil drilling (which Fiorina favors) and the promotion of “green jobs.”

You won’t see us knocking green jobs — or any jobs — in this economy, but the simple fact is the north state has heard promises for 20 years that ever more zealous environmental protection will hurt some industries (timber, especially) but foster the creation of new “green jobs” in their place. The result? The unemployment rate in Shasta County last month was 15.2 percent, and some surrounding rural counties are even worse — it was 17.9 percent in Trinity County.

Yes, those extreme levels of joblessness are largely due to the recession and housing crash, but they are still far worse than the rest of Calfiornia’s. If ours weren’t a hollowed-out economy, reliant on retirees and financial bubbles, we’d at least have a deeper well of resources to draw on.

As single-minded as Boxer has been about the environment, Fiorina is about job creation, regulatory streamlining and improving the business climate. To the extent that federal laws and regulations — governing water, forests, public lands, endangered species — have simply stopped working for California, and stopped Californians from working, Fiorina will be in the trenches fighting for a better balance that gives due regard for our need to feed our families.

For the north state’s future, it’s time for a different perspective in Washington. Fiorina will bring it in spades.

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