Barbara Boxer might have a reason to feel touchy about her title of Senator, it seems. Not only is she facing a determined, conservative challenger in Chuck DeVore, but even her own caucusmates don’t think she’s equipped for the job.
In short, they think she’ll botch any job she’s given the responsibility for, so they’re taking responsibilities away from her.
In private conversations, Senate staffers say that Boxer’s abrasive personal style helped tank the climate bill that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) sponsored last year. And several recent embarrassing episodes involving the California Democrat have them worried about a repeat performance.
….This time around, Democratic leaders have spread Boxer’s workload among six committee chairmen.
“I don’t think anyone is going to let her take the ball this year,” said one staffer at an environmental group. “Not after last year.”
Politico may be relying on anonymous sources, but the roles of committees in the production of bills are a matter of public record. Boxer simply isn’t trusted by Democrats, nor should she be by Californians. She’s just not up to the task, and it’s time to vote accordingly.
Let’s help Chuck DeVore chuck Boxer out of a job she can’t handle.