I just called both my Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. And the reaction from their respective staffers reflects each woman’s political persona. As I spoke to Mrs. Feinstein’s aide, I could hear him typing, as if he were recording my thoughts to pass them on to a higher-up in hero office. He asked for my zip code.
By contrast, Mrs. Boxer’s aide kept trying to conclude the conversation before I could conclude my spiel, basically saying that she should vote “no” on the “stimulus” as it merely extends and expands George W. Bush’s fiscal policies, cutting taxes while increasing federal domestic spending.
When I praised Mrs. Feinstein for reserving the right to oppose the “stimulus,” I asked if that good woman had yet made up her mind to vote against it. He said, she hadn’t. Mrs. Boxer’s aide couldn’t tell me where her boss stood.
Just watch these remarks (h/t HotAir) to see how the White House reacts to her independence.
I disagree with her on tax cuts (see the second video on HotAir), but respect her independence in taking issue with her party leaders and daring criticize this budget boondoogle.