This latest gem of fakery and distraction is priceless:
Boxer was wholly in character for her party – New York’s own two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, were predictably opportunistic – but the Golden State lawmaker earned special attention for the tasteless jibes she aimed at Rice.
Rice appeared before the Senate in defense of President Bush’s tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer.
“Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.”
Then, to Rice: “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”
We scarcely know where to begin.
The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accomplished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman.
Because, apparently, when you point out that someone is not going to pay a personal price or have to personally sacrifice, it is THE SAME DAMNED THING as telling them they are unqualified to make a decision. Predictably, the “Look, a rabbit” wing of the blogosphere is all over this. Better to pay attention to this newly manufactured insult than the fact that Bush is throwing more troops into an unwinnable mess and looks to be agitating a larger regional war against Syria and Iran.
But since the wingnuts think they have a winner here, let’s help them out. If you read the transcript, Boxer actually said SHE would not pay a price, either. In other words, she attacked not only Rice, but she attacked herself.
I think that is proof positive that Sen. Boxer is sexist.
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And I don’t know what the hell Sullivan is reading into the unremarkable remarks by Boxer, but after work I will have two of whatever he is drinking:
That’s the only word to describe Senator Boxer’s ad feminam attack on Condi Rice yesterday. There was a trace of homophobia to the smear as well. This kind of attack is like the “chickenhawk” smear and worthy of low-life liars like Michael Moore. We really should be able to debate national security without the politics of personal destruction. The senator should apologize. Today.
All Boxer said was that she and Condi will not pay a personal price for any decisions they made. Reading that as an attack on Rice’s competence, much less homophobia, is beyond silly.
For the record, if you want an attack on Rice’s competence, see Bob Novak.