Trouble on the Left Coast

Barbara Boxer isn’t too thrilled with Cindy Sheehan’s threat to run for the Senate:

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer today urged anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan not to challenge the state’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, in the June Democratic primary.

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, has been actively considering a campaign after criticizing Feinstein for refusing to call for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.


Keep in mind that Boxer is probably the most left-wing, anti-war member of the Senate. Also remember that California is one of the most reliably Democratic states in the Union. Then read what else Boxer said:

“I don’t think having her in the Senate election helps her at all,” Boxer told a roundtable of California reporters this morning. “I think it might have the opposite effect.”

“Maybe she’s more valuable out there not as a candidate,” Boxer said of Sheehan and her anti-war effort.

You read that right: Boxer is clear-headed enough to recognize that Sheehan’s brand of anti-war rhetoric (and plain old anti-Americanism) is a losing proposition. Even in California.

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