Rising GOP star has chops to back top job

adriana-cohen=bh_Feb102015_carly-fiorinaI don’t know about you, but when I get on an airplane, I’d like the pilot to have some flying experience.

The same principle should apply when it comes to the president — the de facto CEO of the world’s largest economy.

Doesn’t it make sense that both Democrats and Republicans produce candidates for the top job that have, dare I say, business and financial experience?

That’s why former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina — the GOP’s quickly rising female star who is expected to enter the male-dominated presidential race — is someone to watch.

Backing Fiorina would be a politically savvy counteroffensive to Hillary Clinton, who is the expected Democratic front-runner — with Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren a close second. Neither female liberal progressive has private-sector experience creating jobs — unless they’re taxpayer-funded government ones, that is.

“There are a lot of politicians, Hillary Clinton included, who don’t really understand how the economy works. … That public-sector jobs are paid for by the taxpayer versus private-sector jobs that pay for themselves,” Fiorina said on Boston Herald Radio’s “Boston Herald Drive” yesterday.

No surprise in that. Warren is an academic and bankruptcy lawyer. Clinton, another lawyer and scandal-plagued career politician who made headlines recently with her reality-challenged statement that businesses and corporations don’t create jobs.

When I asked Fiorina how many workers Hewlett-Packard employed when she was CEO, she said, “over 180,000!”

Enough said.

Clearly, America needs Fiorina on the GOP ticket to infuse some much-needed business acumen and reality into the race.

With national security another top issue, Fiorina would be wise to tap former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton for her running mate, if she gets that far. They’d be a winning pro-jobs duo, with the foreign policy chops to manage the many global challenges facing our country abroad.

Naysayers say Fiorina doesn’t have the name recognition of a Jeb Bush to pull away from the pack. But back in 2007, barely anyone knew who Barack Obama was, either. History has proven with our current community organizer, virtually anyone can be president. Deservedly or not.

And that’s both troubling — and hopeful.

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Boston Herald Drive” on Herald Radio and WMEX 1510 AM weekdays from 7-9 a.m. Follow Adriana on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

About Adriana Cohen

Adriana Cohen is host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” heard Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.