Hot Air, Mad Men and Hog Slopping at the California GOP Convention


Carly Fiorina--the former Silicon Valley CEO and current U.S. Senate candidate who ruffled the feathers of Irvine assemblyman and fellow Republican nomination seeker Chuck DeVore with her campaign's "demon sheep" ad--apparently scored a big hit at this past weekend's GOP state convention in Santa Clara with the above commercial that turns Democratic Sen.
Barbara Boxer into an evil zeppelin.

"The anti-Boxer ad created the steamiest buzz at the three-day convention, easily the glitziest, most stage-managed convention in the state Republican Party's history," reports the San Jose Mercury News, "largely because of the millions being thrown into the campaigns of mostly self-funded candidates such as Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Meg Whitman, the billionaire ex-CEO of eBay running for governor."

At Saturday's luncheon featuring Fiorina, the lights went low inside the Santa Clara Hyatt ballroom and the nearly

Best speaker: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina is a naturally gifted communicator, and the armies of red-shirted kids who backed her up, her fabulous red ruffled suit and those red-trimmed "Carly for CA" banners contributed to the star show production values. But Campbell--without a single bit of flash and dash--was the counter, with real meat and potatoes and a substantive discussion on his record that drew enthusiastic reaction. Finally, former NFL player Damon Dunn may not have voted until last year--but the guy has a compelling life story about growing up poor and ending up on top. An energizing, compelling talk.

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Dunn, an Irvine resident in the real estate business and GOP Secretary of State hopeful said during his speech that he once "slopped the hogs." Guess he feels right at home dodging the dung flung by whacktacular Orly Taitz then.

(What is it with Taitz and black men aiming for higher office? Sounds like someone's got a little of the ol' jungle fever, no?)

The Chronnie for "best giveaway" went to Fiorina's anti-Boxer "Hot Air" ad, "delivered by DVD in a retro package proclaiming, 'The Most Terrifying Movie of All Time!'"

Which brings us back to DeVore, who told a Sacramento Bee reporter covering the convention that he would not discuss his stands on social issues--then boasted about being the only teabagger among Senate candidates seeking the GOP nomination.

So which is it, Chuckler?

Reported the buzzkillers:

One woman at a Young Republican Federation of California meeting told DeVore she admired that he used the word "socialism" to describe the state of government and asked if he would shy away from using such terms should he become a senator.

Sayeth the Chuckler:

"Just for shock value alone, it would be kind of fun, wouldn't it?"

A man must get his jollies wherever he can find them.


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