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. Drew Heitner

    Don't let them cajole you into a feeling that she is marginal and silly. That is the blind-side.
    Remember who America wanted most to have a beer with 9 years ago.....
    THis is serious stuff and she is a dangerous indivdual.

    September 24, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Sadly, CNN thinks this is news.

    September 24, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Ryan B

    How is this News!!!

    September 24, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Sue

    It looks like the juvenile doodlings of a middle schooler. All it's lacking are dotting the letters i with hearts........

    September 24, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. jsamples

    That's funny. People think the technology behind the website makes the person? A plain marquee banner would have sufficed to get the message out that Carly was going to kick Boxer's ass. I think the webpage is fine for the message it send. What were you all expecting, 3D and a slew of george lucas visual effects ??

    September 24, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. 4 generations and had to leave

    they need someone new in Calif, Boxer Fienstine and Pelosi have trashed California, they are not even native, I am from a family of 4 generations of Californians and my hubby 5 gen, and we had to leave a year ago, we could not stand it anymore, all our grown children left also, their policies destroyed the great state, they need to go back to where their were born and let natives take their place, people who love the state

    September 24, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Mike

    How is this news?

    September 24, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Fact Check The Message Boards

    Basically Republicans are a joke anymore...

    September 24, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Michael

    I don't think Carly's website could ever be as big a joke as Foxnews.com. This supposed news site is just a shill for the right wing. I laugh about it everyday but today is especially good where they try to connect children singing a song, taught to them by some crazy teacher, with brain washing. I'd be happy to put these comments on their site, but then they spend so much time blocking anyone who disagrees with them, non of us can post.

    September 24, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. JS007

    Fiorina is an idiot and a failure. I'm still struggling to understand how she ever got picked to run Hewlett Packard. She can't even manage to launch a decent campaign website.

    September 24, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Perhaps Palin, McCain and Joe The Plumber can add some substance to her next attempt? NOT!

    September 24, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. henry

    It may be bad, but the free publicity works in her favor. I actually looked at it.

    September 24, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Carleyfornia Dreamin'!!!

    How long did it take to come up with that GEM? 30 seconds?

    Boring!

    September 24, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Megan

    Looks like she's running for sorority president. She has no chance against Boxer, anyway. May as well give everyone a laugh in the process.

    September 24, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. T

    She was crazy as a McCain spokesman.... her site just confirms that..

    she's nuts and too valley girl to be taken seriously.

    September 24, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. ER

    Californian – Your liberal politians are responsible for wrecking your state!!!!!!! Nancy Pelosi Ha Ha! Save the fish – ruin the human.

    September 24, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. That's funny

    It doesn't matter WHO runs for WHAT, if it's a Republican then this is the kind of article they get. Reality is subjective nowadays. Fiorina will get the Palin treatment, while ANY woman running as a Democrat can do no wrong. Any system like that is not long for this world. Besides, if you people in California were so smart YOUR STATE WOULDN'T BE BROKE! Bunch of idiots, keep blowing each other's horn, it's gotten you where you are today.

    September 24, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Dem in AZ

    Repubs are just not hip lol

    September 24, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. skay

    Why, after her record and misdeeds at HP, anyone would vote for this woman is beyond my comprehension. She is as ruthless as they come and was a disaster when she was "helping" McCain.

    September 24, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Al, California

    Barbara Boxer is one of best senators we have. She was among 23 senators that voted against Iraq war.

    Fiorina is a product of ad-marketing driven "economy", brought down HP, supported McCain, and now trying to replace Barbara – this is ridiculous.

    September 24, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Slaton

    If its so simple and uses black and white imagery like "dogs vs. cats" then the average republican should have no problem understanding it.

    September 24, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. Gentwelve

    That's too bad because as a Democrat barbara Boxer is second only to Nancy Pelosi in the pathetic category and both give California an bad rap! Babs has got to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Alex from Berkeley, CA

    Everyone is over-reacting to the website for some reason, but regardless, not somebody I will be voting for.

    September 24, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Buzz Daly

    Give me a break. If you are a working person, the last thing you should do is vote for the Queen of Outsourcing. She is a total disaster, and, is clearly someone who has no clue about how we got in our current mess. You go girl.

    September 24, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  25. Dan

    she sucked at HP, and she'll suck as a Senator.

    Hope none of you bought HP stock when she was at the helm.

    September 24, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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