Looking at the reelection of Senator Ma’am from a purely partisan point of view, it is not entirely a bad thing for Republicans. To be sure, had my gal Carly won, she would certainly have become an effective advocate for the Golden State in her party’s caucus. And now the largest state will have to rely entirely a 77-year old former Mayor of San Francisco to get things done in the Senate.
Given how ineffective Mrs. Boxer was in a filibuster- and near filibuster-proof Democratic Senate, imagine how inconsequential she will be in a Senate with fewer Democrats, an increasing number of whom are now becoming wary of associating themselves with the party’s left wing. Many fault the career politician for preventing the Senate from moving forward on a climate-change bill entrusted to the Environment and Public Works Committee which she chairs.
With fewer Democrats on her committee and with new and energetic Republican freshmen replacing retiring Sens. George Voinovich and Kit Bond, Ranking Republican Member James Inhofe will make this the committee where big-government environmental legislation goes to die. He’s not going to have much trouble outmaneuvering the ideological chairman.
Oh, she’ll still get to be called Senator, but she won’t be able to use that title for anything but her own edification. Oh, and according the San Francisco Chronicle, “delivering partisan shots.” But, that’s pretty much what she’s been using it for for the last 18 years anyway.
Expect her, even in a Democratic Senate, to be in the minority on many votes.
NB: Tweaked the post to fix some mistakes and improve its flow.