Let’s face it, Barbara Boxer — at times platitudinous, self-righteous, and self-impressed — can grate. But the fact is she’s consistently been right on issues like environmental protection, jobs, and U.S. foreign policy. Without question, California has been well served by having Boxer in the Senate, and in this race, the choice could not be more stark. Her opponent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, is singularly insensitive to the economic pain millions of Americans are now suffering.
While at Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina outsourced more than 30,000 American jobs. When Fiorina lost her own — after a power struggle with her board — she availed herself of the platinum parachute afforded only to those in the executive class. Not only would Fiorina oppose a woman’s right to choose, but she’s the only mainstream candidate to support Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that would repeal California’s pioneering anti-global warming law.