The Electoral Troubles Of Barbara Boxer

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 17, 2009

The 2010 midterms are a long way off, and I would not write off California’s junior Senator as she seeks re-election. But if more stories come out about her perceived electoral vulnerabilities, (a) there will be more encouragement for Republicans seeking to knock Boxer off, since these stories will feed into perceptions of Boxer’s vulnerabilities, and perhaps augment those vulnerabilities; and (b) there will be more encouragement for Republicans nationwide, as the GOP seeks to revive its political fortunes after two consecutive national electoral losses.

I don’t even think that Boxer needs to be a test case for Republican fortunes; more immediate test cases will come with the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia this year. Let’s just say that if Republicans are able to defeat Boxer in the blue and inhospitable-to-Republicans state of California, they will likely do exceedingly well nationwide.

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