If Carly Fiorina can raise enough money and make the California Senate race about the incumbent, she will join Dianne Feinstein in representing the (once and future) Golden State in the United States Senate.
If Barbara Boxer makes the race about Carly’s flaws and imperfections (real and perceived), she will return to the Senate for the next six years and thankfully accomplish nothing, while unthankfully casting votes for the Democrats’ big-government agenda and and against real reforms which streamline the federal bureaucracy, reduce government regulations and hold the line on spending.
No wonder in their debate on Wednesday night, Mrs. Boxer attacked, attacked and then attacked some more. Twenty-eight years in Congress, of them, eighteen in the Senate and Mrs. Boxer prefers attacking her opponent to defending her record. It’s the only thing she’s good at — and the only politics she can play.
In his evaluation of the debate in WSJ.com’s Political Diary (available by subscription), John Fund found
. . . Ms. Boxer proved capable of punching hard. She attacked Ms. Fiorina’s ties to “a wealthy, wealthy few” and “big oil and big coal.” When Ms. Fiorina said she was opposed to abortion but felt the issue should be decided at the state level, Ms. Boxer pounced by predicting that if Ms. Fiorina had her way “doctors would go to jail and women would die.”
Given her partisan pedigree, perhaps it’s better that this career politician is better at punching than she is at legislating.
It looks like the debate is a preview of the campaign we have long predicted the (almost) three-decade Washington veteran would wage. Barbara Boxer won’t run on her record; the career politician can only win by going negative.