California Democrats (and their allies in the mainstream media) would like nothing more than to make the Senate contest in California this fall a vote on anything but the record of the incumbent. They’ll make an off-the-record comment on said incumbent’s hair to be the most revealing gaffe since Bill Clinton talked about lighting up a doobie and not breathing in.
And then Mrs. Boxer will talk about all the jobs she’s bound and determined to create as if she’s a newcomer to the political scene who hasn’t been at this game for some time and had not already promised us that the “stimulus” she supported would create lots and lots of jobs. Meanwhile, unemployment has gone up since her first election to the United States Senate during a recession. (It’s even gone up since she voted for said “stimulus”–while she claims it’s created or saved jobs.)
Yup, that’s right, when Mrs. Boxer was elected to the Senate at the tail end of a mild recession, unemployment in the (then-still) Golden State stood at 9.8%. And now, after she’s served 18 years in the Senate, it’s over 12%, despite her vote for that near $1 trillion stimulus designed to bring that number down. No wonder her opponent’s Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications Julie Soderlund said, “Barbara Boxer is concerned with one job and one job only: her own.”
With Vice President Joe Biden slated to host fundraisers for Mrs. Boxer in the Silicon Valley and in Los Angeles on July 8 and July 9, it’s clear Boxer’s running scared and filling her coffers in order to deflect attention from the job she’s already done. But, Carly’s campaign will have none of that. Soderland insists that the “election this November will be a referendum on Barbara Boxer’s failed 28-year political career in Washington”.
And Mrs. Boxer has never previously faced the voters when people were upset with the way things were being run in our nation’s capital and while her opponent has made her record the issue.