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Carly Fiorina and the Channing School for Select Young Ladies

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One of John McCain’s leading supporters and advisers– and the Republican National Committee’s “victory chairman“– is Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Fiorina is among those routinely mentioned as a possible running mate for McCain– her business experience is said to provide some balance for McCain’s self-admitted lack of economic understanding. As a Democrat, I would welcome this choice; as head of H-P, Fiorina authorized the layoffs of 7,000 employees during a business downturn in 2001. Now this may have been an entirely sound business decision, but it would be interesting hearing her try to justify it to the tens of millions of voters who fear for their own jobs in the current recession.

Fiorina’s role in the McCain campaign, and her vice-presidential prospects, are the subject of a piece by Dana Milbank in Tuesday’s Washington Post. But what really got my attention was the news that, as a girl, she attended the “Channing School for Select Young Ladies” in London.

Have any of our readers attended this school, or do you know of anyone who has? Is it everything the name implies?

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