I missed the "Happy Hour" hour debate, which, according to a deeply scientific poll of Fox News viewers who tweet, Fiorina won running away (at 83%, according to Greta, at this writing). The more reliable indication of Fiorina's success, per Glenn, is that the Democratic National Committee decided to pick out Carly for a particularly revealing slam:
"Here's Carly Fiorina's record on negotiations – she negotiated a merger with Compaq where 30,000 HP employees lost their jobs. Then she negotiated a $40 million golden parachute after she was fired," DNC Spokesperson Christina Freundlich wrote.Uh, that seems like pretty good negotiating to me. The Compaq deal was a bad move, but not because of the, er, synergies, and the mark of a good negotiator is whether you can get a decent deal when you're getting fired. Both these transactions no doubt offend Democrats (who, after all, rarely understand either the causes or the effects of business combinations or the basis for or principles behind executive compensation), but the one thing they do not refute is Fiorina's claim to be a good negotiator.