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Dan Walters: Boxer shaky again as campaign looms
Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/10/9 | Dan Walters

Posted on 08/10/2009 7:55:06 AM PDT by SmithL

California's U.S. senators tend to fall into two categories – headline-grabbers and dependable workhorses for the state's interests.

For the past 17 years, the state's two senators have been Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Both elected during the much-heralded "year of the woman," they have followed the state's time-honored pattern.

Boxer draws media attention with her quixotic political forays, often involving some left-of-center cause having nothing to do with California, while Feinstein is the go-to person for the state's economic and political interests.

It explains why voter polls consistently find that Feinstein is among the state's highest-rated political figures while Boxer's popularity swings with the tides and rarely reaches beyond the magic 50 percent level.

Every six years, Republicans believe that with just the right candidate and just the right amount of money, they can knock off the woman they love to hate. And they are heartened again by a new poll showing Boxer barely leading the most likely 2010 challenger, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

The Rasmussen Reports poll found that 45 percent of California voters support Boxer's re-election, with Fiorina at 41 percent and 7 percent undecided, much closer than a March poll. Fiorina isn't a declared candidate yet and also would have to defeat Chuck DeVore, a very conservative Republican legislator, for the GOP nomination.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 111th; barbaraboxer; botox; boxer; democrats; elections; fiorina; goldenstate; senate

1 posted on 08/10/2009 7:55:08 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Isn’t Boxer the one who pulled out some last minute dirty trick to defeat her opponent who had a nice lead in the polls? I’ll have to Google it, but I’m pretty sure it was her.


2 posted on 08/10/2009 7:59:23 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Survival is a Mom's Job! Check out my blog: www.thesurvivalmom.com)
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To: SmithL; sheik yerbouty; Nachum; abigailsmybaby

Arrogant Elitist Babs must be voted out. Her staff is as arrogant and Elitist as she is. Her arrogant behavior has been on display with proof on YouTube for one and all to see and to depise. She’s a disgrace for the State of California and for the nation.
Neuter them in 2010 and vote them out in 2012; send these disgraceful, power-hungry Socialists packing.


3 posted on 08/10/2009 8:00:00 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SmithL

Boot them both out!!


4 posted on 08/10/2009 8:03:23 AM PDT by mmyers153
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To: SmithL

Boxer and Feinstein have both benefitted in recent years by a weakened CA GOP as well as by weak and undefunded challengers. Hopefully and prayerfully next year will be different.


5 posted on 08/10/2009 8:03:28 AM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: SmithL

When the people continue to re-elect an elitist, vacuous, self serving and infantile senator (Boxer), then it is the people who are at fault, not the infantile, vacuous, elitist, self serving senator. I question whether anyone has the power to save Californians from themselves.


6 posted on 08/10/2009 8:06:46 AM PDT by squidly
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To: ChocChipCookie

They made a big deal out of the fact that Bruce Herschensohn, who was single, had entered into a risque nightclub on Sunset Blvd. called the Seventh Veil and that he once was seen browsing through a Playboy at at a newstand.


7 posted on 08/10/2009 8:07:08 AM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: SmithL
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina would be no prize catch. She basically ruined a once great company and product name because she wasn't qualified to be the CEO but got appointed anyway because it was fashionable due to her gender. On the other hand, she probably does have the brains to run a pop stand, something which cannot be said of Barbara Boxer.
8 posted on 08/10/2009 8:07:12 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Yes Mam.


9 posted on 08/10/2009 8:07:58 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Welcome2thejungle

Boxer is a lock. She won last time with nearly 7 million votes and 57.7 % of the vote. The Rep received 38.7% and lost by 2.5 million votes.


10 posted on 08/10/2009 8:10:26 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Vigilanteman

“She basically ruined a once great company and product name because she wasn’t qualified to be the CEO but got appointed anyway because it was fashionable due to her gender. “

you see she is already much more qualified than Boxer


11 posted on 08/10/2009 8:13:57 AM PDT by DM1
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To: SmithL

Both of them are an absolute disgrace and a testimony to the low quality of person that gets elected in the US. Feinstein is a down-the-line liberal hack, but Boxer is so stupid she makes Feinstein look like Einstein in comparison. California needs two wealthy Jewish women from the Bay Area as Senators because its takes two of them to make one halfwit. They picked Boxer to push the Global Warming propaganda because she’s the only one dumb enough to do it with a straight face. Arrogant, condescending, racist, anti-male, abortionist, totalitarian marxist morons.


12 posted on 08/10/2009 8:17:04 AM PDT by gorilla_warrior (Metrosexual hairless RINOs for hopey-changey bipartisan-ness)
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To: DM1

LOL! Why? Because Boxer could have ruined HP so much more quickly?


13 posted on 08/10/2009 8:23:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: SmithL

Don’t worry, the idiots in my State will reelect Boxer with 60% of the vote.

We can’t have anyone who believes in the Constitution getting in the way.


14 posted on 08/10/2009 8:31:32 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing wrong with the Government that 552 bullets couldn't cure...)
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To: kabar

And so we’ll beat them by running the woman. Carly Fiorina can take out the dwarf.


15 posted on 08/10/2009 8:33:45 AM PDT by j.havenfarm (Redistribute my work ethic, not my income.)
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To: j.havenfarm

Yeah right. The Dems own CA.


16 posted on 08/10/2009 9:09:12 AM PDT by kabar
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Neuter them in 2010 and vote them out in 2012; send these disgraceful, power-hungry Socialists packing.”

Senators serve 6 years, and are on a rotating election cycle, 1/3 being elected every two years.
Exactly when is Boxer’s term up?

Can we be lucky enough that she is up for election in 2010?


17 posted on 08/10/2009 9:23:54 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Vigilanteman

“LOL! Why? Because Boxer could have ruined HP so much more quickly?”

you betcha ;)


18 posted on 08/10/2009 10:19:58 AM PDT by DM1
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To: SmithL

“For the past 17 years, the state’s two senators have been Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Both elected during the much-heralded “year of the woman,” they have followed the state’s time-honored pattern.”

That’s how bad california’s politics have become - we are representated by two senators from San Francisco. (Boxer is actually from Marin across the golden gate bridge). And don’t forget Pelosi who’s also from San Fran!


19 posted on 08/10/2009 11:44:38 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: SmithL

Start your stop watches and time it until Boxer attacks her opponent as an “evil capitalist who made her fortune on the backs of women, blacks, and the handicapped and probably belongs to the NRA.”


20 posted on 08/10/2009 12:36:29 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Vigilanteman

Also, Fiorina was part of the ‘brain-dead’ trust on the McLame campaign along with Meg Whitman. I am sick of trying to win with RINOs. We tried Bill Jones last time and he quit campaigning a couple of months before the election when he found out he could make more money as a consultant than as Senator. Chuck Devore is an attractive candidate who can give Babs a run. Check out his website and send him some bucks.


21 posted on 08/10/2009 12:38:30 PM PDT by fifedom
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To: pabianice

Actually, her first ploy will be abortion. The Dems made abortion an issue when Tom McClintock was running for State Controller. The controller is the State’s chief bean counter and has nothing to do with abortion. D*mn that was a heart-breaker, he lost by a few thousand votes to that empty suit Steve Westly after the state Republican Party refused to give money to his campaign.


22 posted on 08/10/2009 12:45:48 PM PDT by fifedom
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To: ridesthemiles

I think her term is up; pray it’s up forever.


23 posted on 08/10/2009 12:51:17 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ridesthemiles

I think her term is up; pray it’s up forever.


24 posted on 08/10/2009 12:51:25 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: fifedom
Yeah, I remember that they were seriously floating Fiorina's name as a possible VP candidate. Where do they come up with this sh*t?

If they have to pick a RINO, they could at least pick one like Arnold or Romney who've actually shown they can be competent in the private sector.

25 posted on 08/10/2009 12:53:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Kickass Conservative

BTTT


26 posted on 08/10/2009 2:15:18 PM PDT by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: kabar

I’ve said it before, I’d vote for a paper bag with a face drawn on it before I vote for that disgusting piece of trash. Its time for someone from SOCAL to go after her. Its been too long for us to go without representation in the senate. I may be wrong but I think they passed the open primary system here or it was part of one of the propositions that needed to be passed.


27 posted on 08/10/2009 2:41:02 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: gorilla_warrior
Feinstein is a down-the-line liberal hack, but Boxer is so stupid she makes Feinstein look like Einstein in comparison.

Not also does Mrs. Boxer make Feinstein seem intelligent in comparison, she also makes Feinstein look like a moderate, when both are equally radical leftists. These are vital tasks! My question to my many CA friends and former neighbors, "How come no one ever looks at Mr. Feinstein and Mr. Boxer?"

Both of these fellows, and Mr. Pelosi, too, have become billionaires during their wives' tenure. Feinstein, in particular, had a really sweet racket: buying up private property, and seized properties, and then selling them back to the state at obscene profit for use as "Green Belts,"" park lands, and funny you should notice, but always keeping prime parcels on the perimeter for development. I believe the technical real estate term for this is "Pelosi-on-the-Praesidio-Perimeter."

28 posted on 08/10/2009 2:57:04 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Congratulations Obama Voters! You are not prejudiced. Unpatriotic, maybe. Dumb definitely.)
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To: SmithL

Babs lied about Bruce Hersh. and she won. Hopefully, thinking Dems will finally get rid of this socialist pacifist liberal. But, I would not bet on it. Living here in the Soviet Republic of Ca., there are too many safe Dem districts.


29 posted on 08/10/2009 4:10:09 PM PDT by phillyfanatic ( iT)
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