The Sad, Sad State of Barbara Boxer

You know, folks, I just can’t make this stuff up.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has previously illustrated her prowess in the arena of Higher Math, showed her usual tacky back-side yesterday during the Congressional “grilling” (and yes, it was all that) of Administration officials over the new Iraq strategy outlined by President Bush. But this time, she showed waaaaay tooooo much.

“Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.”

Then, to Rice: “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”

The NYPost calls Boxer’s performance “tasteless”, “breathtaking”, “beyond bizarre”, “perverse”. In fact, they say “In contrast to Boxer, Sen. Clinton seemed almost statesmanlike…”

It’s hard to imagine the firestorm that similar comments would have ignited, coming from a Republican to a Democrat, or from a man to a woman, in the United States Senate. (Surely the Associated Press would have put the observation a bit higher than the 18th paragraph of a routine dispatch from Washington.)


The Anchoress is on the same wave-length, but also asking what bearing does having sons or children of draftable age have to do with waging a war? I don’t remember seeing THAT in the Constitution.

Now, according to Boxer, if you have not had children – or if your children are not of an age to serve in the military – than you have no moral authority [Emphasis mine] to wage war or defend a war.

Harry Truman only had daughter Margaret – she couldn’t be drafted to fight in Europe or the Pacific, so he had no risk of losing a child at war…how the hell did he have the moral authority to drop a bomb? Lyndon Johnson had only daughters, no sons to draft or put into harm’s way. I guess he had no business trying to deal with the Vietnam war that started on John F. Kennedy’s watch. Kennedy, of course, had two small children not at risk of war.

Fausta has more links, as well as justifiable outrage. Darleen’s Place (WARNING: not work or small child appropriate) characterizes Boxer’s tenure as

…a career filled with stupidity and a craven sense of entitlement…

Again, I think the NYPost summed it up the best:

The vapidity – the sheer mindlessness – of Sen. Boxer’s assertion makes it clear that the next two years are going to be a time of bitterness and rancor, marked by pettiness of spirit and political self-indulgence of a sort not seen in America for a very long time.

HotAir has the video – be sure to watch Condi’s eyebrow bolt up. I’m sure she’s as shocked as anyone at this woman’s lack of decorum.

Mine is up too. Senator Boxer needs to apologize to Secretary Rice. If I lived in California, I’d call for her impeachment. Politics or no politics, that is no way to treat anyone.


  1. January 12, 2007 at 4:33 pm

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  2. S. Prosser said,

    July 13, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    How does the American public go about making a law that requires members of Congress to retire at a specified age? This position should not be considered the same as Supreme Court Judges and go on until they drop on the Senate floor. Thank you.


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