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Is Carly Fiorina really the new darling of the GOP? Not so fast.....

By all accounts, Carly Fiorina was the undisputed winner of Wednesday night’s CNN debate.  Her sound bite on Planned Parenthood especially resonated across all media outlets:

Fiorina enjoys 'mic drop' moments at GOP debate


“As regards to Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.”


She has already been anointed by Leon Wolf, one of our RedState columnists and editors, as “Carly Fiorina: The Right Outsider.”


 “Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, was completely in command of every issue that was discussed on stage, in a way that should have embarrassed more seasoned candidates like Walker and Jeb Bush. Whether you agreed with everything she said or not, there is no doubt that Carly Fiorina has carefully considered every issue that might confront a modern President and has a firm plan to deal with it.”


Conventional wisdom dictates Fiorina will challenge Trump as the outside candidate to counter the GOP establishment. There is no denying she gave a superb debate performance. However, is she really the conservative outsider that she is being portrayed as?  Her conservative credentials deserve further scrutiny.

Conservative Review (www.conservativereview.com/2016-presidential-candidates) has an excellent side-by-side comparison of all the GOP Presidential candidates, grading them on each issue as Good, Bad, or Mixed.

When you look at this comparison, Fiorina is nowhere near the conservative candidate that she appeared at the debate.  Of eleven major policy issues, ranging from the federal budget, immigration, education, taxes, etc, Fiorina is graded as Bad on seven issues, and Mixed on the remaining four issues.
Her grades are unfortunately on par with Lindsay Graham, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush.
Nowhere is there a bigger touch of hypocrisy that on abortion, the issue that was her defining moment in the debate.  From Conservative Review:
  • Fiorina has endorsed funding of embryonic stem cell research. (Los Angeles Times)
  • In 2004, Fiorina was described by Republican insiders with knowledge of her beliefs as pro-choice (Mercury News)
  • In 2008, while campaigning for [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] at a Republican event, Fiorina stated that she “respected women who supported reproductive rights.” The issue being her framing the abortion debate as one of reproductive rights rather than the life of an unborn child. (Glamour)
When reviewing her past and current stance on abortion, as well as several of the other issues, a disturbing pattern emerges similar to Donald Trump and other GOP candidates; that of evolving and changing positions on the issues for political expediency.
When you compare the GOP Presidential candidates, only one is graded Good on ten of the eleven major policy issues:  Ted Cruz.  Only one has consistently maintained and held steadfast to conservative principles and beliefs: [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ].
Is Carly Fiorina really the new darling of the GOP?  It remains to be seen.