Chester Alan Arthur

State GOP lost an asset when Fiorina left

State GOP lost an asset when Fiorina left

Watching Carly Fiorina shine in the Republican debate, I began thinking she should forget the presidency and run again in California for the U.S. Senate.

No way does she get elected president or even veep. Americans are going to insist on at least some experience — some track record — in public office.

The last political rookie elected president was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had just smashed Hitler and saved the free world. In the 1800s, three other generals rose to commander in chief. Only one vice president — Chester Arthur, a New York Republican chairman — never before held public office.

But Fiorina, with her growing popularity and name ID,...