Kaus: Will Obama “save” Boxer like he did Corzine?

Posted by: ST on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Longshot Dem candidate for US Senate (CA) and popular pundit Mickey Kaus writes about Obama’s Boxer fundraiser, held yesterday:

President Obama is “swooping” into Los Angeles today to try to save Senator Barbara Boxer–the same way he saved Gov. John Corzine in New Jersey and would-be Senator Martha Coakley in Massachusetts!

The President will undoubtedly raise a few more million dollars for Boxer from the Hollywood Left. But Boxer doesn’t need more money. She needs more spine—spine to stand up to the big unions that are helping drive California into disaster.

What Obama and Boxer don’t seem to realize is that they—like Corzine and Coakley–are on the wrong end a taxpayer rebellion. For decades, Californians paid high taxes but got good services in return: good schools and roads, an excellent university system. But now, after favor after favor to the unions from their pliant political pawns, we have bloated payrolls, unfireable teachers who are the highest-paid in the nation, state workers who retire at 55 and make more money not working than when they were working.

We’re paying high taxes but we’re getting low services. Worse, the unions’ pay-today-forget-about-tomorrow attitude failed to plan for an economic downturn. As a result, the state and many cities and towns are looking into the abyss of insolvency.

It is all coming to a head this year. Obama and Boxer are on the crushable side of a tsunami of voter discontent. The way to save the Democratic Party is not to milk rich couples for $35,200 dinners–those donors don’t have to send their kids to public schools where they’re taught by mediocre teachers who can’t be held to account.

The only way to save the Democratic party is to have nominees who can stand up to the unions and tell them “no,” and bring some balance back into the system.

While he’s admittedly a member of the party that he proudly boasts is the “party of government,” it’s almost unheard of for a Democrat to stand up to the unions. Hope he’s watching his back for the purple shirts

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8 Responses to “Kaus: Will Obama “save” Boxer like he did Corzine?”


  1. Tango says:

    Note to Babs: “yo’ time is up!” b-)

  2. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    Time to wake up and smell the incumbent!

  3. Drew says:

    The slogan being used by one of the Republican primary candidates:

    Help us make sure it will once again be safe to call Ms. Boxer “mam.”:

  4. Paul says:

    How about Willie Brown in that group ?

  5. Kate says:

    …well, as long as there are moonbats and unions Boxer is somewhat safe. But, what is really happening is that the general public that is funding the pension plans for the public employees is getting more and more agitated as they see their pensions at risk and those for the union/public employees more or less guaranteed. An elite class, as it were, telling the rest of them “we will eat cake and throw you a few crumbs”.

  6. Carlos says:

    So, let me get this straight. Mickey K is saying that the unions are dumping his wonderful state into a bottomless pit?

    Is this the same MK who roundly approves of union thugs at TEA parties but attacks anyone as violent (or promoting violence) who criticizes unions?

    The same MK who hates capitalists and adores both big government and big unions?

    The same MK who would rather go to Canada to live than to live another term under GWB?

    The same MK who thinks anyone right of Lenin is a radical violent conservative extremist?

    The same MK who, by virtue of what comments he allows to stand on his blog, advocates the injury, death and/or dismemberment of any or all conservatives?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. Welcome to the real world where some people pay by government fiat and force for the comfort and pleasures of others.

  7. Are you serious, Carlos? His blog reads more like that of a moderate liberal than as one of someone who “thinks anyone right of Lenin is a radical violent conservative extremist.” He’s no doubt a left winger, but he’s definitely not one of the rad left variety.

  8. Brontefan says:

    Help us make sure it will once again be safe to call Ms. Boxer “mam.”:

    Right-on Drew! She said that to a military officer. BTW, didn’t he work hard for his rank and status, too? I thought that comment was incredibly insolent. No wonder they call the Senate the most elitist club in the world.