September 24th, 2009
10:39 PM ET
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Fiorina's new Web site bashed by Democrats, Republicans

Carly Fiorina's Web site went live on Monday.
Carly Fiorina's Web site went live on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina prepares to enter the 2010 California Senate race on the GOP side, her quirky new Web site is being ridiculed by the online community - and not just by those on the political left.

Republicans are also snickering about her bare-bones site, CarlyforCalifornia.com, which launched Monday and welcomes visitors with an animation describing a potential showdown between Fiorina and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in curious terms.

"It's Day and Night," the bright red Web site reads. "It's Dogs and Cats. It's Good and Bad. It's Carly vs. Boxer."

After hinting that the Republican's official entry into the race is "coming soon," the animation concludes with a pun: "Carlyfornia dreamin!!!"

The left leaning Huffington Post called the site "really the most insufferable thing she's ever done in her life." Democrats on Twitter bashed the as site "embarrassingly awful" and told Fiorina to scale back her use of exclamation points. And a YouTube video mocking the site has so far eclipsed 15,000 views.

But several Web-savvy Republicans are also taking aim.

"It's the most singularly awful political website I have ever seen, and I am including all the old, basic HTML websites that were the rage 10 years ago," conservative blogger John Hawkins of the site RightWingNews.com said in an e-mail to CNN. "Why not toss in G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Ninjas vs. Pirates, and Kennedy versus Kruschev if it's going to be a goofy joke? There's very little information on it to appeal to voters."

Blogger Dan Riehl joked about the site's color: "It made me think I had been re-directed to Macy's."

"Wheres the beef?," Riehl asked. "It's not on that Web site ... If I were a high school senior and I designed that Web site, I would be extremely proud."

Several of Fiorina's GOP critics are conservative activists who support her primary opponent, California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who has carved out a position on the party's right.

Erick Erickson of the influential conservative blog RedState, for instance, is encouraging his readers to donate to DeVore and three other conservative GOP candidates in 2010 Senate primaries around the country. He also criticized Fiorina's site, writing that DeVore has been active on Twitter and Facebook, while Fiorina's site had "non-functional links to both services" when it launched.

But Scott Graves, an Orange County-based conservative blogger and new media consultant, claimed the site's problems are basic. He said it lacks crucial tools that helped the Obama campaign "set a higher standard for features, functionality, design, and the role of community in online initiatives."

Graves called the site "amateur" and said it fails to provide the kind of basic information about the candidate and issues that might make a reader want to get involved with the campaign.

"The fact that this was approved by the communications team, and perhaps the candidate herself, indicates a severe misunderstanding about the direction and role of online political communication," Graves said in an e-mail.

Beth Miller, a spokeswoman for Fiorina, said the new site is "a splash page only and is part of her exploratory effort." Miller did not directly address critics on the right side of the political spectrum.

"We were amused at the frenzy a splash page for an unannounced candidate generated and are appreciative of The Huffington Post and other left wing blogs for driving traffic to the page," she said in an e-mail. "Clearly, Barbara Boxer is vulnerable and the Democrats know it and are worried."


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Steve R.

    Carly did to HP what Arnie did to CA what W. did to the USA. Hit me again.

    September 24, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Mike, FL

    Does GOP still exists?

    September 24, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Mike, FL

    After Arnold screwd CA just like Bush screwed the country, no one in his/her right mind will elect a Republican governor in CA again!!

    September 24, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Age.axx

    It would be about right if they used the Carlyfornia Dreamin' / John Philips theme. She could help Arnold have his way with us in CA.

    September 24, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. mike

    Unless you live in California, you have no idea how pathetic our political atmosphere has become. Wait, I forgot ALL America must suffer with pelosi. Sorry about that. Never mind.

    September 24, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Randy

    Leave it to Democrats and Obama supporters to spout sexist remarks about dumb females running for office. Barbara Boxer and Pelosi are a couple of geniuses.

    September 24, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Frank, Las Vegas

    And this is what the GOP offers for America?

    September 24, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. billp

    Carly is easier on the eyes than both Boxer and Whitman, so she'll have my vote.

    September 24, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Hannah

    I love the way republicans attach themselves to losers. Bush was four time loser, trashing four businesses and Palin is another, a quiter who has never done much of anything in her life except look good. We as a nation need to have winners for leaders. We have the best right now and need to support him and his administration to bring this country from the brink (bush/cheney disaster). I guess you have to say that republicans are losers.

    September 24, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Kelvin

    This wouldnt be a top story if it were a democrats website.

    September 24, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Jacob

    will McCain be endorsing her? i doubt it....and not getting endorsement from that loser spells TROUBLE!

    September 24, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. joel palmer

    Poor old republicans just don't get it; voters threw out the advocates of "big business" Bush Cheney and McCain and what does the gop come up with? Meg Whitfield and Carly Fiorino; two clueless and tonedeaf CEOs who think they can call the shots just like they did when thier Boards had no balls.

    Those days are over forever; it looks like the gop will wander in the desert for a couple or three more presidential terms. If they ever stop being obstructionsists who hate minorities and immigrants and realize that coprorations don't vote; they might actually win somthing more than Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. bwhahahahaha

    September 24, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Linda in CA

    Comment by "Four and The Door"
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    Well said! The incompetent liberals have ruined California but we will clean house in 2010.

    September 24, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Steve C

    You libs are just so cool and hip. Who knows what she stands for- she has a dumb website (or so people say) she must suck! Go Boxer- California is doing so well under your and Feinstiens' leadership!

    Oh yes- the republican criticism in this article is minimal. Give me a break. Nice job CNN.

    September 24, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    She's DREAMIN' alright!!! She will soon wake up from the NIGHTMARE on CarlyFORNIA Street!! ..LOL

    September 24, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Tony from Novato

    Let's see...this is the person who:
    1. Ran HP into the ground with the botched Compaq merger
    2. Got booted from HP for that
    3. Allegedly hired a PI to go thru board member's personal communications to see who was for her and who was against WITHOUT their consent
    4. Couldn't be bothered to vote in quite a few elections
    5. Couldn't be bothered to register her *ahem* charitable foundation with the state of California.

    And now she's thinking of running for governor? Good luck, Carly...you're gonna need every last shred of it and then some!

    September 24, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. Jason

    I am long time democrat, but I would vote for the devil himself, before I throw my vote for a democrat this next election.

    Still at War. No Health Care with a Puplic Option, Poverty not being addressed. And we control the White House, The House, and The Senate.

    3 x 0 = 0

    September 24, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. djean

    """"We in California are so ready for Carly Fiorina! Finally someone who understands economics, personal responsibility, government's role in America, how to do things that work, national defense….etc. She is a brilliant woman.""""""
    Um, you just might want to check into what she inflicted on Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.
    She obviously does not understand economics, except her own paycheck at the expense of others, she took no responsibility for screwing over H/P and thousands of its employees and stockholders, she waltzed out with a golden parachute – oh wait!!! She IS a Republican!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. David from WI

    Still, people are talking about the site. It is getting more attention being bad than it would being mediocre.
    Really is a stupid thing to talk about to begin with.

    I guess the Dems really are on the way out. The far left are pushing their party off the cliff and they don't care.
    So much for the Democrat party under the controll of these new 21st century progressives.

    Ooooo my sites better than yours. Such a juvenile party. The GOP might be a train wreck but the Dems of today seem to be run by angry immature adolescents. Whaaaa he called me a lier !!!! Whaaaaa. Bunch of Orwellian children.

    September 24, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Jason

    Carly:

    Can you see Russia from Silicon Valley?

    September 24, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. debbie

    That's really kind of embarrassing and childish – as a marketing professional with a background in communications, and politics, I have to wonder at Fiorina. On the other hand, the American people are pretty susceptible to this kind of junk, as evidenced by their tolerating George Bush for eight years.

    September 24, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. Robert

    One visit to see an idiot's website and mock it doesn't turn into a return visit unless the next attempt is even more lame. Dream on about this being some marketing coup by Carly. She drove HP into the ground because she is incompetant and dim. Hundreds of jobs were lost in my neighborhood because of her ineptness.

    September 24, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. adm

    I hopes she drops out of the race. I don't want her as Governor of California. We have had enough of the repubs.

    September 24, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Bob

    Carly for California? No thanks. On the other hand, Carly and Palin sure make voting blue look good...

    September 24, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. JohnJacobJingleHeimerSmith

    She is taking a page of crazy from the Palin playbook. I think Republicans are trying to take out a patent on crazy.

    September 24, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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