During her appearance on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’, Carly Fiorina mixed her thoughts on Ben Carson, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meeting with Putin with a lighthearted moment where she sang a verse of a song she sings to her “lazy dog Snickers.”
Sung to the beat of legendary rock song Rock Around the Clock, Mrs. Fiorina’s jingle got the audience tapping their toes. It earned a hearty laugh from Fallon, too. That’s quite the contrast to Donald Trump’s criticism of Mrs. Fiorina, especially the criticism that “‘She says the same thing over and over and over, but a lot of the people didn’t hear it in the debate so they heard it for the first time. It’s almost like robotic, frankly,’ Trump said.”
Trump’s shtick is getting tiresome to voters. Rand Paul’s calling Mr. Trump out on that at last week’s debate created a lasting impression. Mrs. Fiorina’s response to Mr. Trump’s now-infamous faces comment appears to have turned public opinion about Trump around, too.
Fallon also questioned Fiorina on the hot-button topic of Muslims in elected office, an issue popularized by a questioner at a Donald Trump town hall late last week and recently weighed in upon by another Republican front-runner, Dr. Ben Carson.
Carson told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” To which Carly responded Monday evening: “I think that’s wrong.”
“I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders,” she said. “Whether they are Christians, as I am — my faith has sustained me through some very bad times. I’ve battled cancer, I’ve lost a child, I’ve been tested. But whether it’s a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility, and empathy and optimism. And I think those are important things.”
Fallon clarified, “so you’d be fine with that?”
“Yes, I would be fine with that,” she said to cheers from the audience.
Expect to see Dr. Carson’s numbers start to tail off. His debate performance was lackluster. His comments about Muslims will hurt him, too.
Expect Mrs. Fiorina’s stock to rise, too. In the past week, she’s shown that she’s tough, resilient, a great communicator and a candidate who’s done her homework on important issues like rebuilding the military, putting Mr. Putin back in his box, growing the U.S. economy while expanding U.S. energy exports.
Republicans can’t nominate a bombastic bomb-thrower like Trump because angry doesn’t sell. They can’t nominate a milquetoast candidate like Jeb Bush because he doesn’t energize the conservative base. Nominating Bush would guarantee millions of conservatives staying home.
Nominating Mrs. Fiorina or Sen. Rubio would be the right move. They’re both energetic, well-schooled on policy and people can relate to their life stories. In short, they represent the future of the Republican Party.