(American Prospect) -- However unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate. The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to).
In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s ticket. That allows your presidential candidate to look like a nice person, while the running mate lobs some mud—or to use Fiorina’s parlance, “throws a punch,” which she promised the fancy-pants crowd at the Koch brothers’ confab last month that she knew how to do. And who might she be dreaming of throwing punches at? Why Hillary Clinton, of course.
The problem with being an anti-woman male politician—such as each of the Republican presidential contenders, save Fiorina—is that when you “throw punches” at a female opponent, you risk being perceived as the misogynist you likely are. So, if your opponent is a woman, you really need a misogynist woman to do the punch-throwing. And there Carly Fiorina no doubt sees her opening.
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