I know: the third-party candidates aren't going to win. But the only way to get the Democratic Party to do anything right is to be willing to draw the line somewhere - to say, if you do anything quite this bad, it really is possible to lose my vote. And I firmly believe that willingness to authorize mass murder and contaminate Iraq with massive radiation from depleted uranium munitions for the sake of oil money (papered over with incredibly flimsy evidence of supposed weapons of mass destruction that never existed) is worth drawing the line at.
Other Democratic Senators who voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq and are still active in politics include Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Evan Bayh, Maria Cantwell, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson, and Chuck Schumer. And for this they earned my everlasting distrust and aversion.
But Barbara Boxer did not betray me! Barbara Boxer voted against the invasion. So did, among others who are still active in politics, Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, and Ron Wyden. And for this they earned my everlasting appreciation. Granted, Barbara Boxer is the only one I'm actually allowed to vote for, but I feel that the others deserve recognition. These people had the courage to stand up for what is right at a time when it was unpopular. The others did not.
So I am very sorry to hear that Barbara Boxer is retiring. But I do feel somewhat better upon hearing that California Attorney General Kamala Harris plans to run for Boxer's seat. Harris hasn't been in politics long enough to earn quite as much of my trust yet as Barbara Boxer did - in fact, hardly any Democratic politician can compare to Barbara Boxer in my eyes - but among the politicians who could potentially run for that office, there is no one else I could summon equal optimism about. I hope that Harris lives up to my hopes and has a long Senate career ahead of her.