In theory, it’s a win-win relationship, said Elisabeth Bumiller in The New York Times. Republican presidential candidate John McCain is counting on former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to help him court female voters. Fiorina, in turn, is counting on McCain to buff her image in the business world. Fiorina, who was “spectacularly fired” by Hewlett-Packard in 2005 for surreptitiously investigating journalists and dissident H-P board members, is more than an economic advisor to McCain. She’s also “a high-profile female face for a candidate” who needs to shore up his support among women. But some critics wonder why McCain would ally himself with “a woman widely criticized for mismanaging one of Silicon Valley’s legendary companies.” Says Yale business professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, “You couldn’t pick a worse, non-imprisoned CEO to be your standard-bearer.” But McCain has called her “an American success story” and has encouraged speculation that she might serve in a McCain administration. Fiorina admits she’s considering a political career of her own. But for now, she says, “I’m focused on getting McCain elected.”