After getting only 4% of the vote in New Hampshire last night, Carly Fiorina has bowed out of the 2016 GOP race.
The failure of her campaign is the greatest mystery of the entire presidential race. A strong showing at the GOP undercard debate last August in Cleveland propelled her to main debate stage the following month where she served Donald Trump a cold dish after he had disparaged her appearance in an interview.
For a couple of weeks, Fiorina enjoyed a bounce but it be short-lived. She did get some increased scrutiny about her time at Hewlett Packard. But if her tenure at HP was in fact fatal to her campaign then what of Trump’s four Chapter 11 bankruptcies? Or is it that Republicans still aren’t ready for a female presidential candidate? The possibility cannot be discounted.
Putting gender aside, Fiorina is clear, concise and rational. But that’s evidently not what Republican voters want this year.
The beginning of the end of Fiorina’s campaign came last month when she was sent back down to the GOP undercard debate stage. While Fiorina excelled in the two debates in which she participated it wasn’t enough to give her a new lease on life. The final blow came when she was excluded from last Saturday’s New Hampshire debate despite efforts from her and the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Kelly Ayotte to have her on stage.
Of course, there is a possibility that she could be a VP candidate. That could be the case with Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio (should he come back from the dead), but not with Trump. No way. The look on her face during the September debate tells everything about what she thinks of him.