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The (anticipated) Boxer Strategy Emerges

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’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.



  1. The general consensus in these parts, among the radio talkers and conservative commentators, is that Fiorina did not help herself much in this debate. Most damming was her inability to articulate economic policy, and worse, not take a position on Proposition 23, which would suspend the disastrous AB 32 climate change regulation jobs killing bill. From everything I’ve heard, she came off as just another politician.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — September 3, 2010 @ 11:44 am - September 3, 2010

  2. It’s disappointing Carly’s campaign didn’t better anticipate Boxer showing up and acting like….Boxer.

    Hopefully she can capitalize on her initial round in the ring, now that it’s under her belt. I certainly hope so…we desperately need Carly to rally.

    Comment by Patrick — September 3, 2010 @ 12:12 pm - September 3, 2010

  3. If Barbara Boxer makes the race about Carly’s flaws and imperfections…

    A strange strategy for a woman noted for accomplishing nothing while in office.

    Ms. Boxer pounced by predicting that if Ms. Fiorina had her way “doctors would go to jail and women would die.”

    Another strange comment from a creature who announced on the Senate floor that a “doctor” should be allowed to kill a baby who is born from his mother’s body — except for his feet. I know that lefties typically don’t have to defend themselves from the charge of hypocricy, but still — this abortion business may be a topic Madame Boxer would do well to steer clear of.

    Comment by Classical Liberal Dave — September 4, 2010 @ 4:06 am - September 4, 2010

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