It began when the liberal editors of the San Francisco Chronicle refused to make an endorsement in the U.S. Senate race, citing the failure of 3-term incumbent Barbara Boxer
. . . to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation. . . .
Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone’s list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots. Although she is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, it is telling that leadership on the most pressing issue before it – climate change – was shifted to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., because the bill had become so polarized under her wing.
For some Californians, Boxer’s reliably liberal voting record may be reason enough to give her another six years in office. But we believe Californians deserve more than a usually correct vote on issues they care about. They deserve a senator who is accessible, effective and willing and able to reach across party lines to achieve progress on the great issues of our times. Boxer falls short on those counts.
The editors of the more centrist LA Daily News reached the same conclusion:
Barbara Boxer, a longtime pol who, in her almost 28 years in the Senate and Congress, has yet to distinguish herself or the state she represents. . . . While Boxer is little more than a political follower in Washington, [her opponent Carly] Fiorina is a leader of the charismatic sort found in many of the country’s greatest statesmen and women.
As have the editors of the Bakersfield Californian:
Boxer, elected to the Senate in 1992, is a perfect example of an elected official who seems quite comfortable going through the motions without actually accomplishing much except casting party-line votes in the Senate, flinging partisan barbs and defeating the succession of weak or flawed challengers she’s been fortunate enough to draw.
Nothing leaps to mind when we attempt to recall her legislative triumphs. Even as chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she lost control of important global-warming legislation to a party colleague out of an inability to smooth over partisan divisions.
The libertarian-leaning editors of the Orange County Register finds the the career politician has been an ineffective representative of the Golden State:
Incumbent Barbara Boxer, for all her nearly 18 years in the U.S. Senate, has limited legislative accomplishment and has established a reputation of inaccessibility and distance from her home state. Some would argue, although California leans leftward, Boxer’s positions on issues of environment and free trade are out of touch, even extreme, for Californians.
Calling Boxer “indifferent to the entrepreneurs who are so crucial to promoting growth” while holding “a cartoonish view of corporations as inherently evil”, the editors of the San Diego Union-Tribune conclude “it is not a partisan potshot to note that Democrat Barbara Boxer has been ineffective as a California senator.” It’s clear Barbara Boxer is a failed Senator.
Let’s give the Golden State a Senator who, even liberal journalists agree, “has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington”. Send a few bucks to my cal Carly!