Carly Fiorina speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Why Carly Fiorina Presidential Run Makes Sense—And Is Pure Folly

Ms. Fiorina is the product of two very different narratives. On one hand, she is a dynamic and successful businesswoman who by dint of experience, gender and style is unambiguously different from the male career politicians against whom she will be running. However, she is also a failed candidate who could not beat one of the country’s most liberal senators in a Republican year, and who has spent the last decade dabbling in corporate boards, politics and other pastimes of retired rich businesspersons, with little record of tangible accomplishment. If she is able to persuade voters she is the former, it is not hard to see Carly Fiorina being a legitimate candidate and having a future in politics. If her opponents succeed in portraying her as the latter, it will be a short and not very happy campaign for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

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