Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

That's the $64,000 question that many Republicans are asking today after Ms. Fiornia ducked the debate at Brandman University in Irvine, CA, this evening.

    
http://www.oclnn.com/orange-county/2010-03-30/california/debate-spurs-controversy-among-candidates

According to the story, "Initially, Fiorina said she could not participate because of a scheduling conflict, according to [Fiorina spokeswoman Amy] Thoma." But then, says Thoma, “We felt the proposed moderator [Dr Mike Moodian, an assistant professor of social science at Brandman,] would not be fair and impartial so we declined.” And what did Dr Moodian do to create this impression? According to the story, "Thoma accused Moodian of 'bullying' Fiorina by including reporters on reply e-mails regarding the debate negotiations."

Yep, the spokeswoman for Carly Fiorina, would-be United States Senator and challenger to Barbara Boxer, says Carly feels bullied via e-mail by an assistant professor of social science. That surely portends effectiveness in Washington, D.C.

Now, let's be absolutely clear: the Fiorina campaign's victimhood smokescreen is exactly that. Carly Fiorina is dodging this debate because she wants to debate as little as possible. She does poorly in these uncontrolled settings where she may be freely challenged, as exemplified rather painfully in the March 5th radio debate on KTKZ. For a prime example, go to this URL, and scroll down to the clip entitled, "Chuck confronts Carly Fiorina on her foreign policy experience," to hear Chuck DeVore provoke Fiorina into spluttering anger on an otherwise minor point:

    
http://chuckdevore.com/n/news.asp?artid=256

Carly Fiorina is simply unequipped, in temperament or training, for an aggressive exchange of views and open skepticism of her claims. That's why she won't debate this evening. It's an act of self-preservation for her campaign -- but for an aspirant to the world's greatest deliberative body, it's a shameful evasion.