January 25, 2005

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA): Star Of
The New Democrat Party


CNN’S BILL SCHNEIDER: “And Privately, Another Democratic Senator Told Me, A Lot Of Her Democratic Colleagues Were Saying, You Go, Girl.” (CNN’s “Inside Politics,” 1/24/05)


Boxer’s Questioning Of Rice Described As “The Most Aggressive…” (Barbara Slavin, “Both Parties Press Rice For Answers,” USA Today, 1/19/05)

Boxer’s Staff: “‘This Is Just Boxer Being Boxer,’ Said David Sandretti, The Senator’s Communications Director.” (Zachary Coile, “Where Feinstein Woos, Boxer Wallops,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/24/05)

The [Riverside, CA] Press-Enterprise: “This Week’s Biggest Grandstander Was Sen. Barbara Boxer …. Chairman Richard Lugar … Didn’t Step In Until Boxer Had Far Exceeded Her Allotted 10 Minutes. … Lively Debate Is Essential To Any Deliberative Process, Of Course, But ‘Advise And Consent’ Shouldn’t Be Confused With ‘Scold And Berate.’” (Editorial, “‘Scold And Berate’?” The [Riverside, CA] Press-Enterprise, 1/21/05)

Boxer Even Got Off Jury Duty “To Prepare For … Hearings Of Condoleezza Rice.” “When Sen. Barbara Boxer showed up for hometown jury duty in Marin County a little while back, she gave the judge a unique excuse for why she couldn’t serve: ‘I need to prepare for the confirmation hearings of Condoleezza Rice.’” (Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, “Battling Boxer Just Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/23/05)


Boxer Was The Only U.S. Senator To Challenge The Results Of The Presidential Election In Ohio. “When House Democrats needed just one senator to sign a challenge to Ohio’s electoral votes, they knew who to ask - California’s Barbara Boxer, among the fieriest liberals in a state full of them.” (Erica Werner, “‘Making Waves’ Nothing New For Fiery California Democrat,” The Associated Press, 1/7/05)

The Columbus Dispatch Called Boxer’s Ohio Effort “Childish,” “Tantrum,” And “An Embarrassment…” “Thursday’s tantrum by a handful of Democratic members of Congress who refuse to accept the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. … In the Senate, where California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer led the protest, the vote went 74-1 against her, with 25 senators not voting.” (Editorial, “Throwing A Fit; Effort To Block Electoral College Tally Was Childish,” The Columbus Dispatch, 1/8/05)


“Boxer’s Voting Record Has Been Strongly Liberal, The Most Liberal In The Senate In 1999, 2000 And Second Only To Paul Wellstone In 2001 And 2002 In National Journal’s Ratings.” (Almanac Of American Politics, http://nationaljournal.com/pubs/almanac/2004/people/ca/cas2.htm#ratings, Accessed 1/24/05)

Boxer Has A 96 Lifetime Rating From The Liberal Group Americans For Democratic Action. (Americans For Democratic Action, http://www.adaction.org/lifetimesencalifornia.html, Accessed 1/24/05)

League Of Conservation Voters Rated Boxer At 92% In 108th Congress And 96% In 107th Congress. (The League Of Conservation Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

NARAL Gave Boxer A Grade Of 100 For the 108th And 107th Sessions. (NARAL Website, http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

  • NARAL Promoted Boxer’s Co-Sponsoring Of Legislation That Keep Abortions Legal Even If Roe Was Overturned. (“Pro-Choice Leaders Introduce Freedom Of Choice Act,” U.S. Newswire, 1/22/04)

AFL-CIO Gives Boxer A 94% Lifetime Rating. (AFL-CIO Website, http://www.aflcio.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

  • Boxer Is The Top Senate Recipient Of Big Labor Money Since Her Election In 1992. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, http://www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

National Taxpayers Union Has Given Boxer A Grade Of F In Every Session Since She Has Been In The Senate. (National Taxpayer’s Union, http://www.ntu.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Rated Boxer With A Cumulative Score Of 28% Since 1997. (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, http://www.uschamber.com, Accessed 1/24/05)

National Federation Of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Said, “Boxer Has Not Been A Strong Voice For Small Business In The U.S. Senate. In The Current 108th Congress, She Has Failed To Supported NFIB And Its Members On Any Of The Six NFIB Key Votes.” (National Federation Of Independent Businesses Website, http://capwiz.com, Accessed 1/24/05)


“Mrs. Boxer Attended The ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Premiere In Washington In The Summer With Other Top Democrats, Including Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe And South Dakota’s Tom Daschle, Who At The Time Was Senate Minority Leader.” (Jennifer Harper, “‘Fahrenheit’ Inspired, But ‘Didn’t Influence’“ The Washington Times, 1/7/05)

Boxer Said “Fahrenheit 9/11” “Gave Her Guilt Feelings” And Made Her Rethink Her Inaction On The Floor In 2000. “But “Mrs. Boxer said ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ gave her guilt feelings about her deference to Vice President Al Gore’s request that his Democratic colleagues not contest the Electoral College count over the disputed 2000 race in Florida. ‘It did make me, again, think about the fact that I didn’t stand up those years ago, because I was relying on Vice President Gore, and I felt I should have stepped back and looked at the bigger picture in retrospect.’ ‘Looking back on it, I wish I had,’ she said.” (Jennifer Harper, “‘Fahrenheit’ Inspired, But ‘Didn’t Influence’“ The Washington Times, 1/7/05)


Boxer Has Received Contributions From Such Celebrities As Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Ted Danson, Larry David, Michael Douglas, David Geffen, Don Henley, Robert Reiner, Paul Reiser, Steven Spielberg, Sharon Stone, Barbara Streisand And Rita Wilson. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

Boxer Received Contributions From Hollywood Mega-Donors Stephen Bing And Haim Saban. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 1/24/05)

  • Bing Contributed “A Total Of More Than $16 Million Of His Money To Democratic Candidates And The Supposedly Independent Groups That Support Them.” (Brian Ross, “Fattest Cat,” www.abcnews.com, Accessed 7/28/04)
  • Saban “One Of The Largest Individual Donors In The Country To The Democratic Party And Its Candidates…” Hosted Kerry In Beverly Hills And Vacationed With Bill Clinton. (Andrew Ross Sorkin, “Schlepping To Moguldom,” The New York Times, 9/5/04)

Boxer Received Contributions From Activist/Obstructionist Norman Lear.

  • Lear Is Hollywood Producer Who Founded Ultra-Liberal Group “People For The American Way,” Which “Worked To Block Several Of Bush’s Appointments To The Courts…” (Ann Gerhart, “Norman Lear, Hoping Youth Will Tune In To Vote,” The Washington Post, 11/14/03; Deb Riechmann, “Bush To Renominate 20 Individuals For Federal Judgeships,” The Associated Press, 12/23/04)

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