Who was running that campaign? Pink Floyd?
Who was running that campaign? Pink Floyd?
Carly for California

Will Carly Fiorina Sheepishly Demonize GOP Opponents on the Road to the White House?

Remember the heady days leading up to the 2010 GOP primary for U.S. senator in California? Let's go back to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's campaign running an online "demon sheep" ad against moderate candidate Tom Campbell. The perceived front-runner at that time, Campbell was called out for sheepishly supporting the tax hikes of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, while Fiorina had signed a pledge against such increases. Arch-conservative candidate for senator Chuck DeVore of Irvine then set up a demonsheep.org website to at first chastise the Carly for California campaign's use of demon sheep in the race--before Chuckie adopted demon sheep as his own.

Good times, good times.

Carly, Tommy, Chuckie and the Demon Sheep

In the end, it didn't really matter because Campbell and DeVore, who has since fled libbbberrrral Cali for Texas, lost the nomination to Fiorina, who became the Republicans' sacrificial demon sheep to Barbara Boxer.

But perhaps Fiorina will get the ultimate last laugh, as she's now being talked about as the GOP nominee for president, reports Washington Post national political correspondent Philip Rucker.

"Sensing an opportunity in a crowded field that lacks a front-runner, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run," writes Rucker. "Fiorina has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting [this] week."

It makes one wonder if Fiorina will spring a different devilish barnyard animal on a GOP primary opponent--before the eventual party nominee becomes the sacrificial demon sheep to Hillary Clinton.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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