Video: Sniffing at Barbara Boxer

posted at 7:52 am on December 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Is it 2010 already? No, but in order to defeat an incumbent, challengers have to start early.  California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore wants to get an early jump on the Senate race in which Barbara Boxer will seek election, and his first web ad ties her to Harry Reid and a boondoggle in the news of late:

The visitors center gives a good demonstration of what’s wrong with Washington.  They spent over $600 million on a self-laudatory monument, which came in late at more than twice its proposed cost.  What was its main benefit?  According to Harry Reid, he doesn’t have to smell the tourists any more.  It’s the most expensive Right Guard ever produced.

Will this be the issue that unseats Boxer?  Doubtful, but it’s not a bad place to start in a state facing a budget crisis thanks to chronic overspending after decades of Democratic control.  DeVore, the current Republican Whip in the Assembly, had a front-row seat for that the last six years, but thanks to term limits, he can’t run again in the lower chamber.  Rather than do what most of his colleagues do — run for the state Senate after three terms in the House — DeVore has a more ambitious plan.

He’s an interesting candidate.  According to the Wikipedia entry for DeVore, he supports nuclear power for green energy production, introducing four bills to get more plants built, all of which Democrats blocked in committee.  DeVore also proposed slant drilling to get to oil in the western OCS so that the rigs could get built on land instead of offshore.  He’s opposed tax increases, including those from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and pushed for spending cuts.  DeVore gets an A+ from the NRA and a big fat zero from Planned Parenthood, both of which can be expected to generate a lot of ads for and against DeVore.

Can DeVore beat Boxer?  He’ll have to overcome her name recognition and the coastal support on which she can almost certainly rely.  Republicans might prefer someone with more celebrity — Kelsey Grammer has been mentioned — but by 2010, that may not be such an issue.  Boxer has been on the fringe of the Democratic caucus for years and even Californians may rethink the status of Democrats by the time the midterms come, thanks to their state crisis.  DeVore has a track record of conservatism where it counts, even if it doesn’t succeed.


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Video: Sniffing at Barbara Boxer

Ewwww. Ed. Not this soon after breakfast.

hillbillyjim on December 4, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Unseating an ultra liberal in California would be more difficult than splitting the atom with a jackhammer. California and New York State are hopeless left wing sink holes.

rplat on December 4, 2008 at 8:03 AM

thanks to their state crisis

In reality, it is more accurately a state of crisis. I’ve been marveling at the near self implosion going on, fiscal issues, fire issues, proposition 8’s firestorm to name a few off the top of my head. It seems the only thing missing to make this reach crisis of biblical proportions is a major earthquake.

Watch the seismometers closely.

Marine_Bio on December 4, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Good Post Ed:
The problem with the Republican’s is that we have chosen only those with name recognition…I don’t know Chuck DeVore, but along with his platform (that can always be refined, and re-defined) is he charasmatic? That is what will win the votes.
No matter how “interesting” someones platform is, we must never lose sight that a candidate has to be “electable”, they have to have that “it” factor. Palin has it, Romney didn’t, transplant Palin’s charisma into Romney and we would have a President elect Romney.
So here is the question of all Republican candidates…can they draw a crowd? If so, then design a platform for them to run on. If not, don’t waste the time and energy, we already have with McCain.

right2bright on December 4, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Seriously, the GOP must field candidates that believe, and act vote like they believe, in smaller government and cutting unnecessary spending wherever it is found.

If we can drive this message home properly, the other conservative issues will sort themselves out in due time, but the first priority must be checking the growth of government and then reducing the size and scope of government and reversing the trend toward more government interference in our lives.

And for Chrissakes, we need candidates who will say NO to spending money wastefully.

hillbillyjim on December 4, 2008 at 8:09 AM

I am very suspicious of this visitor’s center for another reason as well. It washes all religious references from our history. Our Washington monuments are a testament to our Christian heritage and they are a thorn in the side of God haters.
I believe there will be future efforts to use this center as the main tourist attraction in the future. This center will be the replacement for other attractions that are there now.
This center’s history will replace the real history that will be restricted from being seen in the future,, due to “security risks.”

JellyToast on December 4, 2008 at 8:09 AM

My issue with the visitor’s center is one of public access to public buildings. People don’t want to visit a visitor’s center; they want to visit the Capitol.

This is keeping the public away from their own government.

BigD on December 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM

DeVore has the right message at the right time.

Low Spending
Low Taxes
Energy Production – Oil and Nuclear
Pro-Life
Pro-2A
Pro-Security

This should be the core of the New Republican Party. There is enough there to kick the Donks around the block in 2010.

gridlock2 on December 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The only way Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein etc lose their seats is with a total collapse of the state of California. As a thirty year resident of SF and Marin county the chance of any of these folks getting voted out of office is zero. I don’t care who their opponent is. They could beat the “second coming”.

However if the state implodes, and I mean implodes–10-15% unemployment, 30-50 billion in state deficits combined with a massive reverse immigration to avoid dramatically higher potential taxes and or severe budget cuts then and only then could these folks lose. Even then it would be a stretch.

While Boxer is the weakest DeVore is still, at this early date, delusional.

patrick neid on December 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Ramping up in time to overturn incumbents 2010, late last night Conan O’Brien reran his primary campaign interview with McCain (“who would be the RNC Veep?”).

Talk about salt in the wound. It is so past time to replace McCain with JD Hayworth for AZ Senator.

“Obviously.”

maverick muse on December 4, 2008 at 8:29 AM

The only way Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein etc lose their seats is with a total collapse of the state of California. As a thirty year resident of SF and Marin county the chance of any of these folks getting voted out of office is zero. I don’t care who their opponent is. They could beat the “second coming”.

However if the state implodes, and I mean implodes–10-15% unemployment, 30-50 billion in state deficits combined with a massive reverse immigration to avoid dramatically higher potential taxes and or severe budget cuts then and only then could these folks lose. Even then it would be a stretch.

While Boxer is the weakest DeVore is still, at this early date, delusional.

patrick neid on December 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM

When all of the bail-outs, stimuli, and other faux fixes run out of steam, the actual economic repercussions of our overspending national and state legislatures and city governments will start to set in.

When this happens, all existing political “certainties” will be cast into doubt, and the unthinkable will become more and more plausible.

I don’t believe that delusional is correctly used in describing a man laying the framework for a possible run after two years that are fraught with uncertainty.

hillbillyjim on December 4, 2008 at 8:37 AM

BigD on December 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM

+1

I can appreciate the security issue and using the Visitor’s Center(VC)as an “introduction” to the crowd at large, especially children. Those satisfied with the VC experience won’t care to go further. Those who want to visit the Capitol building could pass through the VC through a public security entry point (air puff detectors of metals and explosives) to be escorted through the Capitol in supervised group tours. Those citizens desiring meetings with their legislators would have their name on an appropriate list (appointments verifiable).

Terrorism is no more real than responsive accessibility that citizens deserve with their elected officials.

maverick muse on December 4, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Heck, I’ll vote for almost anyone to get Boxer (D-Moron) out of office. She is such an idiot and an embarrassment.

irishspy on December 4, 2008 at 8:47 AM

patrick neid on December 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Patrick is right, a quick look at Michigan & Pennsylvania remind us that the definition of insanity plays out perfectly when it comes to Liberals. California is at the beginning of it’s path to total destruction. I got out in 2006 and I thank God for that each and every day. My wife’s family, as well as my family told us we were crazy to leave our businesses and our way of life, they all described our move as a “pure panic” act of desperation. They are not saying that now, 2 1/2 years later.

Keemo on December 4, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Well, we can hope and pray that the Clueless Express will be leaving Washington in 2010, and, she will be on the train with those like her that got us into this mess.

DL13 on December 4, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Stand by for catty and petty(but I’m in that kind of mood this AM)Is that coifed sort of page boy hair-do and the little pearl earrings some sort uniform for CA female politicians? Makes Sarah seem all the more re-freshing I think.

jeanie on December 4, 2008 at 8:54 AM

BigD on December 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The CVC sucks but you can still visit the Capitol, you just have to be processed through there first.

gippergal1984 on December 4, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Can DeVore beat Boxer?

Literally or figuratively?

She deserves the former (as does every worthless, incompetent and corrupt Democrat currently fouling Congress), but the latter would be more satisfying in the long term.

He’ll have to overcome her name recognition

People recognzine the name “Donald Duck” too. Perhaps he should run and if he did, he would make a better Senator than Boxer.

NoDonkey on December 4, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Even with California being so heavily Democratic, Boxer may be the top incumbent Senator target in 2010. I remember watching Boxer and Inhofe wrangle on the Committee on the Environment and Public Works and thought both of them lacked the decorum we should expect from a Senator. Sadly, Inhofe was just re-elected, but maybe if enough Californians saw Boxer in action, she won’t be. It’s the Senate, not the Jerry Springer show.

thuja on December 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM

If there is one Senator I would like to see get voted out of office before anyone else, and that includes Reid, Kennedy, Kerry, and the rest, it is Barbara Boxer!

The only thing she is good for is opening her big fat loud mouth and sticking her foot in it!

pilamaye on December 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM

The delegation from California as well as Taxachuttes are poster girls for term limitations.

Wade on December 4, 2008 at 9:06 AM

If there is one Senator I would like to see get voted out of office before anyone else, and that includes Reid, Kennedy, Kerry, and the rest, it is Barbara Boxer!

Not me. Reid is #1. It offends me that the Gambino’s not only purchased a Senator, but the Senate majority leader.

The Kennedy problem is going to take care of itself.

Kerry is a completely ineffective and irrelevant source of amusement, who will probably get appointed to another do-nothing job where he can shoot off his stupid mouth for our amusement.

NoDonkey on December 4, 2008 at 9:08 AM

DeVore has the right message at the right time.

Low Spending
Low Taxes
Energy Production – Oil and Nuclear
Pro-Life
Pro-2A
Pro-Security

This should be the core of the New Republican Party. There is enough there to kick the Donks around the block in 2010.

gridlock2 on December 4, 2008 at 8:14 AM

ONLY…… if the drive by media will have the guts to report it without bias.

grapeknutz on December 4, 2008 at 9:10 AM

When I first glance at the headline I thought it said ‘Sniffing Barbara’s Boxers’..

it was enough to make sure I was at Hot Air and not some other site..

DaveC on December 4, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Boxer is representative of the cess pool environment that California has become. Flushing her down the plumbing of life would probably result in a different type of fecal matter risng to the surface.

volsense on December 4, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Does Boxer smell as bad as Reid? Probably.

Vashta.Nerada on December 4, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Unseating an ultra liberal in California would be more difficult than splitting the atom with a jackhammer. California and New York State are hopeless left wing sink holes.

rplat on December 4, 2008 at 8:03 AM

The homes of Ronald Reagan and Rudi Giuliani? They’re not hopeless. Prop 8 attests to that. Californians in particular often show that they’re willing to give conservative candidates a chance (see the Governator, Ahnuld).

This guy sounds like just what we need there. A solid conservative, with a consistent track record of fighting the liberal policies that are hurting their state.

hawksruleva on December 4, 2008 at 9:20 AM

While Boxer is the weakest DeVore is still, at this early date, delusional.

patrick neid on December 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Well, if you have lived in Ca like you said, you would remember Gray Davis won election by nearly 58% of the vote, a few years later he was being re-called…the first Ca gov to have that happen.
Arnold ran as a conservative (though he has dropped that ball) and he was elected as that in a “delusional” liberal state.

right2bright on December 4, 2008 at 9:21 AM

No matter the message, it has to be delivered, and the delivery has to be good…just having the right ideas, and the right ideal, isn’t enough…he has to connect, and the question is, “can he communicate, and does he connect”.
Substance doesn’t matter, that has been resolved in the last election…can this guy fill a house of rousing supporters? That is all that matters.

right2bright on December 4, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Actualy I think California is ready to change…

If you come in, and say, “Well, if you had allowed us to do offshore drilling 5 years ago, like we asked, we would not have the current budget shortfalls?”

Continue with, your roads are horrible, your schools are terrible, and you seem to think the same people who created the problem will now suddenly get a clue and fix it….

You run AGAINST the status quo….

Romeo13 on December 4, 2008 at 9:30 AM

You run AGAINST the status quo….

Romeo13 on December 4, 2008 at 9:30 AM

By George…I think you’ve got it.
Boxer can only say she is a liberal and support her for that…but look at the mess (an it will just get worse in the coming months) CA is in., and the disaster it is moving towards.

right2bright on December 4, 2008 at 9:40 AM

While there are all sorts of things wrong with the Visitors Center, one of the reasons it was needed was security. As a former member of one of the press galleries, I remember the good old days when tourists, could easily obtain passes from members of congress to walk around from the galleries to the basements of the Capitol plus the House and Senate office buildings. There were relatively few areas where tourists could not go, outside of member offices and dining areas.

It was nice. You could get a real feel for the technical side of how things happened. A lot of those areas simply no longer are open for obvious reasons.

doufree on December 4, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I’m just thankful we don’t have smellevision!

christene on December 4, 2008 at 10:18 AM

y’know…I bet there was a time when she cleaned up pretty good. That time is long gone, but just sayin.

Alden Pyle on December 4, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Malone:Welcome to ChicagoWashington DC.
This town stinks like a whorehouseCongress at low tide.

portlandon on December 4, 2008 at 10:58 AM

*barf*

johnnyU on December 4, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Sniffing at Barbara Boxer

I’ll pass on that “opportunity” but God love DeVore for readying himself for a fight.

btw: Congress People [PCism here LOL] ~ who are no longer “citizen-legislators” – shouldn’t millionaires, like Boxer, forgo their “golden parachutes” and “be patriotic” while the middle class gets squeezed for lunatic the left’s idea of a “visitors center” designed so as not to “smell” the common folk? It’s for the chillllldren, after all?

Branch Rickey on December 4, 2008 at 11:15 AM

It’s possible to get rid of Boxer but in California, so much is personality driven that it may be a tough sell. is Frazer still with his stripper wife? That may hold some appeal in California.

grdred944 on December 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

A good ad–but I don’t think the liberals in Kalifornia care much. Neither do the folks at the Frisco Folsom Street Fair. Even “normal” Americans did not think liberal views and plans are bad–we elected the O’Bummer.
***
John Bibb

rocketman on December 4, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I am very suspicious of this visitor’s center for another reason as well. It washes all religious references from our history.

How dare you question the Minitrue.

rhodeymark on December 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

California isn’t anything like New York. We passed Prop 8, yes, but in the same election we also passed Prop 11 which strips the legislature of its’ power to draw their own districts. And we recalled Gray Davis Plus, we mandated our legislature to pass any tax increases with a 2/3 vote, instead of a 51% majority. So far, no tax increases from Sacramento at all.

Reaganism isn’t dead here. Boxer is tied to San Francisco nuttiness, which is poison to the rest of us, and her time is done.

savvydude on December 4, 2008 at 1:42 PM

He has my vote. And as far as personality goes, Boxer is extremely unlikable. I remember her telling John Bolton during his interrogation that he needed anger management classes. Talk about delusional. This women is the queen of mean.

Rose on December 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Well, if you have lived in Ca like you said, you would remember Gray Davis won election by nearly 58% of the vote, a few years later he was being re-called…the first Ca gov to have that happen.
Arnold ran as a conservative (though he has dropped that ball) and he was elected as that in a “delusional” liberal state.

right2bright on December 4, 2008 at 9:21 AM

I’ll over look the snarky side of your statement suggesting I may not have lived in SF/Marin. Gray Davis was recalled because half the Dems turned on him because of his incompetence as regards the electricity crisis in addition to Dems crossing over to elect Arnold.

It is laughable in the extreme to think that the same would happen with Boxer, Pelosi or Feinstein unless as I previously stated the state implodes. What I will say is it is not impossible as the rolling blackouts knocked Davis out but to sit around an act like it doable now is delusional. California is as Dem as you can get and will stay that way until the state government collapses under excessive debt and or taxes.

patrick neid on December 4, 2008 at 5:15 PM

zero chance – not worth wasting the bandwidth

corona on December 4, 2008 at 6:16 PM

DC used to be a great place to visit, great place to take the kids. Now, most of what is interesting is roped off . . . gotta watch out for the terrorists, ya know.

I remember my first visit, January of 1971, it seemed there was NO WHERE you couldnt go in the Capitol. Everything was open. Ditto with the House and Senate office buildings. On other trips, I have ridden elevators with Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson and Teddy. And I’m not even a democrat.

I agree with the post above. There is something wrong when the representatives feel that they have to be protected from the people. Hmmmm. Food for thought. And sad.

Labamigo on December 4, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Was Dingy harry talking about this Vistor’s Center?

davidk on December 4, 2008 at 8:01 PM