Since Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., reprimanded Brigadier General Michael Walsh for calling her “Ma’am” instead of “Senator,” the blogosphere is taking swipes at the senator from California. While apology demanders should not hold their collective breaths anytime soon, here is a flashback from a February 22, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle piece:
Did Democratic presidential candidates — particularly Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — miss some opportunities this week to fire away at Sen. Barack Obama?
Maybe. Obama, speaking at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, raised eyebrows Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer when, as we reported, the Illinois Senator described his Democratic colleague from California as “a fighter, a leader, a charmer, a cutie.”
The remark “set off a lot of mumuring,” said one Democratic strategist in attendance, “among a lot of very strong powerful women around Boxer there who were offended.”
The descriptive of a powerful feminist senator raised “a strategic question: is (Obama) ready for prime time? You don’t call a U.S. senator a ‘cutie,’” said the strategist, whose take was echoed by others.
From an opposition research point of view, this marked “a swing and a miss” by Team Hillary: “It would have been easy to get the blogosphere and make sure Fox News and Drudge Report knew about (the quote), and watch it go .. because in a few months, nobody could have gotten away on it.”
It had the potential to put the Illinois superstar candidate under the gun “at the start of two or three days of spectacular days of California coverage. It was the stumble that could have stepped on his L.A. event and his great headlines.” (Hey don’t blame us, that’s how politics works.)
But it didn’t happen, and Sen. Joseph Biden must be grumbling — he was raked recently for saying Obama was “clean” and “articulate” as a candidate.
Here’s the clip of the 2007 sound-byte below, which occurred at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco during a fundraiser for Ms. Boxer. There is also the unedited version of the speech for those who enjoy watching politicians praising one another for long periods of time.