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Carly's Brilliant; but She's No Coal Miner's Daughter

The singing was a little unsettling, but Carly’s mind is a force to be reckoned with. And she returned to center stage with a raging thirst for the opportunity to unleash the incendiary but enlightened rhetoric she is capable of. Will Fiorina make a difference to Ted Cruz’s campaign in Indiana, where it is a matter of political life and death?

As she traced her own moral evolution - from Sunday School student, to secretary, to HP CEO, and then candidate for the presidency, and then candidate for the vice presidency - her fervor for the possibilities that the constitution allows its citizens was inspiring. And it seems that from now on, when you refer to Senator Cruz and The Pastor, you might have to clarify which pastor you're referring to.

But as Carly painted a portrait of herself as an outsider, standing by the Senate's much-despised outsider, the rhetoric suddenly waffled a little, and the excitement in the hall notched down towards a slightly uncomfortable if momentary audience hush. Yes, Hillary is the ultimate insider. And Trump is the ultimate business success who has used Washington's rules to his favor. Trump himself would say - and has said as much - that you're a fool if you don't use them to your enterprise's advantage.

Hillary sells favors. Trump buys favors. That was Carly's killer line of attack against their nomination rival, and their general election rival. But as she denounced the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few, her own status as a very wealthy business leader began to float around the stage a little. And not just a business leader, but someone who is well-connected with the political establishment in America, and around the world.

Carly might have been a ruthless CEO - her record at HP is still being debated - but her success at leading in the business world is undeniable. And she is comfortable on the world stage, and proud of the connections she has forged over her career. She is an insider. One who has had to scrape tooth and nail to get inside, but one who most definitely got inside the corridors of financial and political power.

Is this a bad thing? That depends. Because when you start to sound just a little like Bernie Sanders as you lay into monopoly power and large corporations, you have to take a look in the mirror. So she's running the risk of a double discourse: I am well connected enough and smart enough to do just about any job in the Cabinet; and I am a fierce outsider who will stand with Senator Cruz against the political and economic establishment and hand power back to the state and local levels. And above all, to the individual citizen.

How does Carly walk the tightrope of her double discourse? The constitution! That's not an ironic jab. But in stressing equality of opportunity, and not equality of outcomes, her targets of attack should be carefully focused. Lest she starts trying to sound like a coal miner's daughter.

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