This is another one of those "hit forehead against keyboard repeatedly" moments. I'll let Steve Young at Huff Po set it up for me:
Here be Boxer's sin. With Rice appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Boxer said, "Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young," to serve, Boxer told Rice. "You're not going to pay a price, as I understand it, within immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.''
That's right, Boxer pointed out that no one in Condoleezza Rice's immediate family is serving in the military. Horrors! Keep reading :
Still, at Fox News, you put important questions debating the potential of more human sacrifice aside when a soundbite can distract the entire audience from the real issue.
The Murdoch-owned New York Post front page ran the headline "It's War. Dem Childless Condi Slur," and inside wrote, "The vapidity - the sheer mindlessness - of Sen. Boxer's assertion makes it clear that the next two years are going to be a time of bitterness and rancor, marked by pettiness of spirit and political self-indulgence of a sort not seen in America for a very long time."
The Post forgot to add, "...except, perhaps for the last 12 years."
"I think it was more than cheap -- it was degrading," said Fox News commentator Karen Hanretty "There's nothing more vicious than feminine politics, and Boxer proved herself a shrill harpy.''
Fox News ran headlines all day Friday on the topic, such as, "Will Boxer Apologize?'' and "Boxer Slimes Rice.'' The White House Fox contributor, Tony Snow said, Boxer's comments were "outrageous" and "a great leap backward for feminism.''
The utter stupidity of this bit of distraction is enough to make me nuts. But also, for crying out loud, when will we have a Democrat actually push back against the right wing noise machine? How wonderful it would have been for Boxer to come right back with "It's a sad day when this administration and their propagandists would rather CREATE controversies than deal with the fact that they have asked our armed services to sacrifice themselves for a war that they cannot define, that they cannot elucidate a clear plan for and that they have no exit strategy to remove them from harm's way. I'm not concerned with Dr. Rice being childless, I DON'T WANT TO MAKE OTHER AMERICANS CHILDLESS from the actions of this administration."