Jazz Shaw at Hot Air was similarly impressed.
From Jazz Shaw and excerpt of an Andrea Mitchell interview:
Andrea Mitchell: “What would you do now against ISIS?”
Carly Fiorina: “I would do very specific things. First, instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have had a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS. Let me give you very specific examples. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years – we still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and material. We know King Abdullah of Jordan – I’ve known him for many years – he took the appropriate leadership steps when a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. He was here in this country asking us for bombs and material. We haven’t provided him with any of them. He’s now looking to China for that. The Egyptian president, a very brave and pious Muslim, who has said there is a cancer in the heart of Islam, has asked us to share intelligence. We are not. The Turks have asked us to help them topple Bashar al-Assad. We are not. There are a whole set of things we’ve been asked to do by our allies who know this is their fight, and we’re not doing any of them. So I would hold a Summit and talk with them about that.”Fair question, she answered it cleanly. This is what we are doing (being kittens) and this is what she would do (be a lioness). Note that she would work with Muslims to fight Muslims, and not bomb them from the sky indiscriminately with targets selected in Washington, not from the field; yes, Obama is using LBJ tactics.
From Drew Cline:
Her ability to stay on message without repeating the same worn talking point four times is nothing short of remarkable. She told National Review Online that she learned how to hone a message when a professor at Stanford assigned a book of medieval philosophy every week and required students to condense it into a two-page paper.
Politics is a field dominated by those who excel at communicating, and Fiorina is proving herself a powerful and effective communicator. She does more than turn a nice phrase. (“Nothing makes me angrier than when people’s livelihoods are sacrificed on the altar of ideology.”) She packs more substance into fewer words than anyone else in the 2016 field.
With this ability, Fiorina is selling herself as a competent manager and bold leader. She charmingly calls the administrative apparatus in Washington a “vast, bloated, incompetent bureaucracy.” To fix it, she would implement zero-based budgeting and pay for performance; tackle fraud, waste and abuse; and eliminate jobs of federal employees who retire.
She would “reimagine” the way federal departments work, she said.
Mitt Romney in 2008 struck similar themes as he campaigned on managerial competence. (Obama also wanted to end fraud, waste and abuse, he said.) Romney then struggled when primary voters demanded to know his governing philosophy rather than his management philosophy.
Fiorina, who is more conservative than Romney, could suffer similarly self-inflicted wounds if she does not talk more about her vision for what government should and should not do.We shall see how this works out but right now, she is front tier material. Not in that tier -- I would put Walker, Kasich and Perry on that perch. But she is solidly in the second row with Cruz and Rubio.
As for the rest, you have your guys running to be running -- Santorum, Pataki, Rand Paul, Trump, Carson -- and then you have the past their best-used-by dates: Christie, Jeb and Romney.
She is winning the Most Reagan Like contest. That's huge.