Posted by Lex, on January 13, 2007
It’s not easy these days to carry the President’s water up on Capitol Hill. Most incumbent Democrats successfully campaigned against him, and most Republican hopefuls are trying to generate daylight between themselves and his record as he moves into his lame duck period. I give Condi Rice credit for at least trying, but an unrepentant California Senator Barbara Boxer says that, given that Rice never married and doesn’t have children, she’s got no skin in the game:
Boxer, during her questioning of Rice, said she wanted to focus attention on the human consequences of the decision.
“Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young,” to serve, Boxer told Rice. “You’re not going to pay a price, as I understand it, within immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.’’
You don’t get to have an opinion apparently unless – like me – you have military-aged children. Which is a strange position for the senator to take, given that most military folks generally support the idea of winning the wars we choose to fight, and all of us pretty much support the notion of civilians living their lives the way they choose.
It’s hard to imagine a political figure being more wrong-headedly condescending but I suppose we can all be grateful that at least that she didn’t congratulate the first female, African American Secretary of State on her eloquence.