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The Boxer Meltdown

Maura and CTBob had quite the face off with Barbara Boxer today when she and Joe Lieberman tried to dodge the public in an event only annnounced to the press at a local candy store normally closed on Mondays. (You’ll remember Maura from her encounter with Lieberman when the dog ate Joe Biden’s train schedule.)  She showed up today to press Boxer about rubber stamping Lieberman’s awful reproductive rights record, and Boxer’s  comments about Holy Joe and his "short ride" advice to rape victims were, to put it mildly, enlightening. 

Maura will have her account later on but get a load of this arrogance that CTBob caught on video (YouTube above).  Boxer has obviously accepted the lie Lieberman has floated to many press people — he never made the "short ride" comment.  (Oh really?)  But I’ve heard he’s tried to fob of the same line with several journalists.  Boxer also goes on to rudely proclaim to Maura, a strong Connecticut pro-choice advocate who was asking her a polite question, that her position and Lieberman’s position on emergency rape contraception are one and the same.

Let’s refresh Joe’s comments on the subject, shall we?  From the New Haven Register:

This fight isn’t exclusively being drawn along party lines.U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, who often takes a conservative line on social issues, is facing a liberal Democratic primary challenge from wealthy Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. But that hasn’t stopped Lieberman from supporting the approach of the Catholic hospitals when it comes to contraceptives for rape victims.

Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn’t be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.

Considering the money and support Boxer has garnered from pro-choice groups in the past, if this is her new position on emergency contraception it is indeed news. And Maura’s willingness to show up and honestly ask our representatives what they stand for is quite heroic.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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