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. Pete

    Come on republicans. Open your eyes! We lefties aren't bashing her cause she's one of you. We're bashing her cause she's an imbecile.

    September 24, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Jay

    Fiorina is just another Republican joke. "Republican" and "serious candidate" are two things that just don't go together anymore. They're all crazy, irrational, racist, deluded, or some or all of those. I want no part of any of them.

    September 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. vick

    Well GOP is a joke overall anyways and Democrats are very smart but they need to get their act togather and get this Health Care Done!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Perusing-through

    AND TO THINK . . . she was the head of a high-tech corporation. Her website fails the marketing test because it is so cheesy. It fails the message test because it so corny. And it fails the test of imagination.

    Now watch Carly blame her staff for the disaster :-)

    September 24, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Mark

    While HP was under Carly's leadership it was fiscally unsound; had no direction; and became a demoralized place to work. It was the celebrity status that kept her going while the company floundered as she was in it for herself. Republican or Democrat it does not matter, HP's performance under Carly speaks for itself. Thank Mark Hurd for saving HP, maybe he should run for Governor since he brought HP back from near death.

    With California in its dire financial situation a leader with sound fiscal responsibility is what is needed, not another celebrity or celebrity wanna-be.

    September 24, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. mytabloids

    Ah, yes. The perfect GOP candidate; she took her company down the drain, so she's the perfect person to help CA get its economic house in order! Excellent plan!

    And, on top of it, she's arrogant! What could be better. GoCarly!

    September 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Jason

    Calling the Huffington Post "left leaning" is like calling the Titanic a slightly large boat. I doubt CNN would call The Drudge Report "right leaning". Typical media bias. Anyone who believes anything posted to this blog is blind, blind, blind.

    September 24, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. DOC

    I like it!

    September 24, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Pheemy

    Its amazing how fast people forget. This woman Fiorina caused hundreds of Americans to lose their jobs when she was the head of HP. She prefered to move several jobs to India and other countries at the expense of American workers and almost ran the company to the ground. Now she wants to be the governor of California at this point in the economy of that state? I sincerely hope this is one huge joke.

    September 24, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Dan

    This is funny. Maybe as funny as "yes we can" from an unexperienced guy who did nothing.....

    September 24, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. xargaw

    Isn't she the one that flamed out in the McCain Campaign and got asked to step down? Makes you wonder just what kind of candidate she will be. She sure ran HP in the ground before she left.

    September 24, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. AC

    She destroyed HP for a few years, why give her control over anything else. She's an overhyped hack!

    September 24, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Georgia

    GREAT! She is PERFECT! Another Incompetent Republican!

    She nearly ran HP into the ground which shows she has the ability to run CA!

    Remember: Republican's = Incompetence!

    September 24, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. smiff

    Cali is on the verge of becoming a third world country and politicians with money and boredom still flock to the place. Of course Mexico being just across the desk from every dime taken in doesnt help. That and Ahnold.....you know.....not really goovinator but played one on tv...or maybe but stayed at a hooliday inn spress the night before he became goovinator. Those are the qualifications to run for public office in this country ....right? No one in washington has better to be honest!!

    September 24, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. MikeMinNC

    Wonder why Fiorina never got another CEO job after HP?

    September 24, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. windrider

    Let's see: the ethically-challenged HP-fired ex CEO or the former president of WWE (wrestling shtick). Are these really the best women the Republican Party can find? Well, I suppose the party that gave us a bug exterminator (Tom DeLay) probably thinks these two are somehow qualified, but as what? Walking funnels of government aid into more corporate welfare?

    I think this country is seriously losing its mind, or what's left of it.

    September 24, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Its unbelievable that anyone could take her seriously. Its seems as thought the only new blood the GOP can attract are well-connected, bored ex-CEOs who can only demonstrate why they are out of work in the first place. Fiorina obviously did not learn to use the medium she used to be in charge of, namely technology, and obviously never took a marketing course. I hope she wins sthe primary so she can be symbolic of how the over-confident GOP will be led to the slaughter in 2010 and 2012 gneral elections.

    September 24, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Scott

    What? You were expecting substance?

    September 24, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. charlie in Maine

    Didn't she run H.P. into an iceberg. Yeah she is ready for the GOP. She is the only one McCain could have picked that would be worse than "no Quitter" Palin.

    September 24, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Concerned

    Her leadership at HP was a disaster but HP made out like a bandit it the long run. For those who have no idea, HP got Compaq and all their knowledge. Some of the best servers are called Prolient G Series and are among the best in the industry.

    That was the only good thing she did at HP even though the way she did it was lame. Can't blame for walking away with several millions and a slap on the wrist.

    If she becomes governer of CA, God help them! CA is already in the dumps and it is the laws or lack there of that cause CA to be in this mess. No governer, DEM or REPUB can make a dent in that state unless the laws change to allow a better way of collecting taxes.

    September 24, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. diamond j

    anybody would be better than b.boxer.

    September 24, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. terry

    cnn's calls this story newsworthy? slow newsday i guess...

    September 24, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Acornie

    It would be a disaster if she couldn't speak using a telepromptor – just a disaster.

    September 24, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Bill in VT

    She ran Hewlett Packard into the ground almost... she shouldn't be in politics. No woman should be allowed to run for public office anyway, including Palin and ol' Hil.

    September 24, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. rkidd

    Any press is good press, I'd never heard of her until this article.

    September 24, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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