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June 18, 2009

We’d Take “Ma’am” Over Some of the Things We’ve Been Called. And That's Just Today.

From a hearing yesterday, an exchange between Senator Barbara Boxer and Brigadier General Michael Walsh:

Ma'am Boxer

Boxer: Well why has it been delayed?
Walsh: Uh, Ma’am, at the, uh, at LACPR is a…
Boxer: "I would a.., You know, do me a favor. Could say Senator instead of Ma'am?
Walsh: Yes…
Boxer: It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes? Thank you."
Walsh: Yes, Senator.

There are a few other titles we can think of that she’s worked so hard to get but this is a family blog. 

A dysfunctional family blog, but still…

And to be fair, The Honorable Barbara Boxer, Senator of California, did work hard to get that title, toiling in a wide variety of jobs these past 35 years.

From 1974 to 1976 she worked for the government. From 1977 to 1983 she worked for the government. From 1983 to 1992 she worked for the government, and in 1993, after nearly two decades of working for the government, she finally secured the title of “Senator,” and continued working for the government.

Clearly, it was inappropriate for a mere Brigadier General to display a level of respect typically reserved for commoners. Sure, he served a tour in Iraq, but she serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation.

You try sitting next to John Kerry for five hours.

And it’s not as if the Honorable Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, is asking for a lot.

Yes, as a recipient of the 2007 “Margaret Floy Washburn Award,” the 2005 “Friend of the National Parks award,” and the 2004 “Oncology Nursing Society Honor Award for improving the lives of people with cancer,” she could certainly demand that her achievements in 1992 securing a Chinese-American commemorative stamp, her being granted in 1962 a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics or her receipt of a diploma from Wingate High School in 1958 receive more recognition but that’s not what she’s all about.

Yes you can find all that on her Senate web site and more, but in no way does that indicate someone so desperate for affirmation that she requires a steady diet of honorifics to quiet the raging demons of her own insecurity.

All she wants is to be called by her proper name.

That's Not My Title

And so we salute you, Honorable Senator College Graduate Award-Winner Extraordinaire Barbara Boxer!  May you always have the courage to publicly embarrass anyone who has the effrontery to carelessly address your exalted position with insufficient deference!


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UPDATE: A political opponent notes an uncanny resemblance (via The Corner):

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Posted by: Sociology Dissertation | Oct 22, 2009 2:36:42 AM

If I were a senator, I think I'd rather be called ma'am as senator. Actually, it would be embarrassing to be called senator.

Posted by: a. palmer jr. | Aug 27, 2009 1:54:36 PM

How about "Stooge"? Or "Thief"?

Posted by: Kevin Beck | Jun 29, 2009 12:32:59 PM

Barbara Boxer - self-indulgent asshole.

Posted by: Travis Chambers | Jun 27, 2009 8:39:21 AM

proper address for barb boxer> senator T*** BLOSSOM OF CA> YOU ARE WHATS WRONG WITH AMERICA... luv, stan

Posted by: stan mansberger | Jun 20, 2009 9:02:39 AM

Are we back to symbolism over substance? Or did we ever leave?
Joe doakes, " Kind of sad,really" No, Joe, pretty much typical.
Their priorities are so screwed up , they can't possibly function in a logical manner.

Posted by: barryjo | Jun 19, 2009 6:57:54 PM

Today at work I informed everyone that I would like to be called "Lokemar, Lord of the Westfall Orcs." I worked hard to get my World of Warcraft character up to Level 60 and I'd appreciate it, yes?

They all respect me more now. I can almost hear the awed whispers of admiration as they stare at me with with wonder from afar.

Posted by: Amarsir | Jun 19, 2009 4:06:44 PM

She has delusions of adequacy! She has reached rock bottom and has started to dig! Why do the sheeple of CA keep re-electing clowns to represent them in Washington?

Posted by: DMN | Jun 19, 2009 2:17:47 PM

She probably watched A Few Good Men last weekend, is all.

Posted by: Michael | Jun 19, 2009 11:28:10 AM

Sir is the proper military term for a man who outranks you; Ma'am is the proper military term for a woman who outranks you.

Calling a higher-ranking person by their rank, which technically also correct, usually is seen as mildly insulting, as: "Yes, Lieutenant, I'll get right on it" instead of "Yessir, right away, Sir."

The general was displaying exactly proper military courtesy to her. She requested that he disrespect her. I guess she didn't know any better. Kind of sad, really.

Posted by: joe doakes | Jun 19, 2009 10:50:27 AM

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