Sunday, 14 January 2007


Ken Berwitz

From Friday's New York Times:***

SENATOR BOXER to SEC. OF STATE RICE:  "You're not going to pay any particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."...

...The exchange between Ms. Boxer and Ms. Rice came during a hostile Senate hearing on Thursday in which Ms. Rice, seeking to sell President Bush's new Iraq plan to a skeptical Congress, faced an almost solid wall of opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. Ms. Boxer several times repeated the question, "who pays the price?"

Senator Boxer read excerpts from a radio interview with an American family that lost a son in Iraq. "You can't begin to imagine how you celebrate any holiday or birthday," Ms. Boxer said. "There's an absence. It's not like the person's never been there. They always were there and now they're not and you're looking at an empty hole."

Ms. Rice replied, "I can never do anything to replace any of those lost men and women in uniform, or the diplomats, some of whom ..."

Ms. Boxer cut her off. "Madame Secretary, please, I know you feel terrible about it. That's not the point. I was making the case as to who pays the price for your decisions."

The comments barbara boxer made to Condoleezza Rice are vile, meanspirited and despicable.  They are also monumentally ignorant.

My beautiful wife and I have two great sons, a beautiful daughter in law and a transcendentally beautiful new grandchild (all of two weeks old).  It is impossible to describe how much we love every one of them.  But let's suppose for the sake of discussion that none of them existed.  Let's suppose that I didn't exist either (a more than pleasing thought to some folks who read this).  Let's suppose that my wife, Arleen, was unmarried and childless.

Do you think it would render her incapable of emotions?  Of sadness or pity?  Do you think it would make her immune to hurting for the losses sustained by others?

Do you think it would mean she has no FAMILY?  Her brother, her three nieces and nephews. their spouses, her four grandnieces and nephews don't count?  How about her cousins and their children?  Or her wide circle of friends?  Would it mean nothing to her if tragedy struck any of them?

Well, to barbara boxer, as she publicly insulted Condoleezza Rice, the answer is that it wouldn't mean a damn thing.  If you take barbara boxer at her word, an unmarried career woman without children is bereft of any such emotions.  If you take her at her word, they are ice maidens who can disinterestedly consign human beings to disaster because they have nothing inside them that would care.

If a male senator said something like this, every "feminist" group known to mankind would be picketing his offices the next day.  There would be howls of indignation, demands for an apology and even demands that he resign.  And they would have a point.

But this is barbara boxer, an icon of the knee-jerk left.  And because it is boxer, there are no pickets, or any major statement of indignation, or any demands for an apology or any demands for her resignation. 

To media, and to the groups that SHOULD be condemning sickness like this, icons of the knee-jerk left are a protected species.  They don't have a care in the world. 

Barbara boxer won't be subjected to any of this.  In fact, she could say something equally vile, meanspirited and despicable again tomorrow.  And the next day.  No problem.  She has all the correct political positions.  She cannot be attacked.  

And that is the way it goes in mainstream media today.  That is how the barbara boxers of the world are able to act like pigs and never pay a price for it. 

As alternative media grow - cable, blogs, etc. - maybe one day the entrenched media elite will be forced to present both sides with something approaching equal criteria.  Maybe that day is coming very soon - sooner than they would find comfortable.  But it isn't here yet.  And that's good news for people like barbara boxer.


*** In an earlier version of this blog I indicated the article was from Sunday's paper rather than Friday.  That was in error.

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