Ed Driscoll

Senator Ma'am: The Motion Picture


David Zucker adds, “Let This Video Be My Apology for Once Supporting Sen. Boxer:”

I was motivated to do something on this after I saw the video of Barbara Boxer interrogating Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh.

I remember immediately feeling embarrassed that a member of Congress would treat an officer of the U.S. military like that.  And doubly embarrassed that back in the early 90’s I had contributed to Barbara Boxer’s campaign.  I was so outraged at the pure arrogance of that moment,  that I sat down to write the spot, highlighting the pure absurdity of our California Senator dressing down a Brigadier General for calling her “Ma’am.”  No Naked Gun or Scary Movie ever had an opportunity as good as that one for pure ridicule.  Never mind that the military personnel are instructed to call their superiors including members of congress ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’, including specifically, Members of Congress!

I thought an apology would have been appropriate, but to my knowledge, none has ever been made by Senator Boxer.  This I find distressing, since apologies from public figures nowadays are the norm.  I mean, it’s not as if she texted her junk to Brett Favre.  This was just arrogantly insulting an army officer.  But I guess that’s okay with her.

In her debate with Carly Fiorina, the subject was brought up, but Senator Boxer was quite adept at deflecting it — and still without an apology.  Let this video be my apology.  Every time I see the public record listing my campaign contribution to Boxer — I wince.

I’m glad to see somebody isn’t afraid to speak truth to power; but then, lots of people will be doing just that in 10 days.

(And yes, that’s PJTV’s own Zo and Sonia Schmidt in cameo roles, alongside Ron’s brother Clint Howard.)