The GOP’s Secret Anti-Trump: Carly Fiorina

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

If you’re like me, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, counting down the minutes until the second GOP presidential debate airs tonight on CNN. I can’t wait for the throwdowns, the banter, and the temper-tantrums. As much as I would enjoy seeing in-depth policy discussions and smart political commentary, I doubt we’re going to see much of that with television celebrity Donald Trump still topping the polls.

Trump thinks he’s invincible. And maybe he is. But the GOP has a secret weapon I want to see them launch at Trump tonight. And that’s my girl Carly Fiorina.

Carly is an incredible communicator, and, as we saw in the last debate, she is completely fearless. Carly is classy and articulate; she packs a punch and is willing to meet any attack or critic head-on. We saw this clearly during her interview on “The View” and throughout the last debate. Her presentation throughout the last Happy Hour debate was so powerful that, not only did she win the first debate, she dominated the main debate that evening as well.

Carly not only takes down her opponent, she takes down everything that gets in her way. Two days ago, Fiorina’s campaign released a powerful ad called “Look at this Face” that met Trump’s rude comments about her looks head on. But, not only did Carly hit Trump in the ad, the ad was so powerful that she also hit Hillary on the way out. Charles Krauthammer said it best when he commented, “She took a counter-punch at Trump and hit Hillary square in the face.”

That’s what I want to see from Carly tonight. I want to see her zero in on her target–i.e., Trump–but also just destroy everything else that gets in her way. Carly has the power to take Trump out and bring the presidential race back to policy and the issues that matter most to Americans, and she really is the only one who can.

Carly is on a warpath, so everyone get out of her way.

Kate Bryan is the Director of Communications for American Principles in Action.