Yesterday, McCain adviser Carly Fiorina appeared on a St. Louis radio show and said that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) was not qualified to run a major business:
QUESTION: Do you think [Sarah Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?
FIORINA: No, I don’t. But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things.
However, in the past, Palin has said that she considers herself to be “the state C.E.O.” for Alaska. Philip Gourevitch reports in the latest New Yorker:
In the past, she said, “Alaska was conceding too much, and chipping away at our sovereignty. And Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” And she said, “Our state constitution—it lays it out for me, how I’m to conduct business with resource development here as the state C.E.O. It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.”
Later yesterday, Fiorina appeared on MSNBC and attempted to clarify her remarks, saying that it’s “a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company.”
The McCain campaign was so “furious” about Fiorina’s comments that staffers are making her “disappear” for a while by pulling her from all media interviews.
So is Fiorina conceding that running the state of Alaska isn’t as hard as running a business, such as Hewlett-Packard? Or does she think that Palin’s job has left her unqualified?