Quote of the Month:

Like Hillary Clinton, I have traveled around the globe. Unlike her, I have accomplished something. You see, Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment. It is an activity.

–Carly Fiorina at last week’s gathering of conservatives in Iowa

A thoroughly soul satisfying zinger. That a secretary of state during whose tenure in Foggy Bottom the world became exponentially more dangerous is far and away her party’s top choice for its presidential nomination says a great deal about the knowledge base of the voter and the grandiosity of the candidate. Thanks, Ms. Fiorina! 

And that some commentators (including one of my favorites) have talked about Ms. Fiorina as being able to zing Hillary better than a male candidate would be says something about what will very likely be an annoying double standard in 2016. But it doesn’t take anything away from Fiorina’s perfect jab!

National Review’s Jim Geraghty assessed Fiorina’s candidacy:

Whether she is open about it or not, she’s running for vice president, not president. The thing is, the way she tears into Hillary and touts her own accomplishments, she may be a much more serious contender for that slot than most people think right now. For example — did you know she’s with CSIS? Here’s her speech:

We must understand our role in the world — which is to lead — and the nature of our allies and especially, our adversaries. Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity not an accomplishment. I have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red “Reset” button. Having done business in over 80 countries and having served as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board at the CIA, I know that China is a state-sponsor of cyberwarfare and has a strategy to steal our intellectual property. I know Bibi Netanyahu and know that when he warns us, over and over and over again, that Iran is a danger to this nation as well as to his own, that we must listen. And unlike Hillary Clinton I know what difference it makes that our Ambassador to Libya and 3 other brave Americans were killed in a deliberate terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11 and that the response of our nation must be more forceful that the arrest of a single individual a year later.

For someone who has never been elected to anything, she’s got a pretty good résumé.