Whenever we in California turned on the TV and see an ad from the Boxer campaign, we don’t learn anything about what this career politician has done during her 28-year tenure in Washington. We don’t see her defend her record in the current Congress — or her most recent Senate term. She doesn’t mention the “approximately 400,000” jobs she, approvingly citing the White House, said the “stimulus” would create or save in California. She doesn’t talk about the health care overhaul she so proudly supported
Nor does she mention the climate control bill so near and dear to the hearts of her and so many on her fellow partisans.
All we hear is attacks on her opponent Carly Fiorina. Barbara Boxer’s been in the Senate 18 years and all she can is what she’s always done, deliver “partisan shots.” In her TV ads, she refuses to defend her record, choosing instead to attack her opponent.
Perhaps, she doesn’t mention that climate bill because she’s the Senator who dropped the ball in moving the legislation through the Senate. “Although [Boxer] is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee,” the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle remind us, “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.” While we Republicans are grateful for her incompetence as the bill would have imposed increased burdens on job-creators, Democrats are flabbergasted that their three-term colleague Barbara Boxer is incapable of moving legislation — even in an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate.
Well, in her eighteen years in Washington, she did get a few bills passed. She renamed a river. In Virginia.
The basic issue of this campaign is simple: What has Barbara Boxer accomplished for California? Was she able to persuade her ideological adversaries to support bills which would have benefited the Golden State? Did she enact laws which would have reduced the regulatory burden on California job-creators?
Did she press Harry Reid to schedule a vote on legislation repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) so that the Senate might join the House in repealing this pernicious and gratuitous law?
She may say on the right things on gay issues, but she’s accomplished nothing for gay people. In her sparsely-attended campaign rallies, she pounds “on her campaign themes of job creation and protection of the environment“, yet since her party returned to the majority in the United States Senate, unemployment in California has skyrocketed, more than doubling, from 5.4% in January 2007 to 12.4% today. And she couldn’t move legislation intended to protect the environment.
Barabara Boxer has done nothing for California. She can’t even live up to her own campaign themes. It’s long past time we gave someone else a chance.