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I can't thank all of you enough -- the Daily Kos community, and the blogosphere as a whole -- for all of your effective work during the recent debate over Condoleezza Rice's nomination. Your support and participation in this critical debate meant so much to me.

More than 94,000 Americans from across the country signed my petition and stood together to demand the truth from Condoleezza Rice. It was truly an overwhelming response -- much more than I could have anticipated. You helped to get our message out to millions of Americans -- I couldn't have done it without you.

And you made a difference. You gave me the voice I needed to ask the tough questions during Dr. Rice's confirmation hearings. And you gave the entire United States Senate the voice it needed to take its "advice and consent" responsibility seriously. In fact, Condoleezza Rice received 13 votes against her confirmation -- the most votes against any Secretary of State's nomination since 1825.

Two weeks ago, who would have thought that Condoleezza Rice's nomination would allow us to have a full debate about our policy in Iraq? Who would have thought that we'd have the chance to truly expose all of the misstatements and misjudgments that led us into that conflict and continue to plague this Administration to this very day?

The Republican Senate leadership intended to easily approve Dr. Rice's nomination in a routine voice vote last Thursday afternoon, after President Bush's Inauguration and before the Inaugural balls got into full swing.

But you didn't let them ram this nomination through the Senate. You forced the Republican leadership to give us the debate we wanted on the floor of the United States Senate, and you gave us the opportunity we desperately needed to hold Dr. Rice and the Bush Administration accountable for their failures in Iraq and in the war on terrorism.

The American people deserved no less.

As you and I both know, this is just one more of the many battles we'll be having as we fight for our nation's future. It started with contesting the Ohio vote, it continued with the debate over Dr. Rice's confirmation, and it will certainly continue over the Gonzalez nomination and on many other looming issues. We're going to need to keep working together to make our voices heard and build a better America.

I enjoyed the dialogue we started over the past few weeks, including the chat I had with Armando and DavidNYC on the eve of the committee hearings, and I look forward to future interactions with the Daily Kos community. I hope to have the time to drop by here and participate in the discussion from time to time -- I value your input, and I thank you for caring so much about the future of our country.

Thanks again for all of your hard work. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your continued support. And I look forward to standing with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:11 PM PST.

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  •  Proud you are my Senator (4.00)
    I live in Marin County and am proud to call you my Senator!

    We are proud as a nation that you stand for us!

    Buying America Blue!

    by SallyCat on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:42:53 AM PST

    •  no, Thank YOU!!! (4.00)
      viva la boxer rebellion!

      thank you for acting like a proper opposition party!  many of us here are brought to tears daily as we watch the shenanigii of shrubCo.  but you brought us to tears with hope and inspiration.

      i hope that your energy and courage are contagious, because they need to be!  any chance we can get a solid Dem opposition to Albertorture Gonzales?

    •  Hear Hear (4.00)
      Same sentiment from San Francisco!
      •  Ditto that! (4.00)
        SF resident also.  Now I know my phone calls, emails and letters work!  Get out there and voice your opinion.

        Thank you Senator Boxer for speaking for your constituents.

        •  As I said (none)
          in the propaganda prohibition thread, so much of politics now is "hold your nose and pull the lever", and I surely don't need to express my dismay at the results of the presidential race here, but casting my vote for Sen. Boxer, and, as I live in the district to, Rep. Pelosi, felt good at the time, and gets better by the day. It's nice to be able to vote for somebody rather than against someone else.

          Thank you, Senator Boxer. Thank you very, very much.

          "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

          by justme on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:39:30 PM PST

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        •  Exponential DITTO! (none)
          BB, Since the show down, not a day has gone by that I haven't found myself, out of the clear blue, grinning to myself at your balls-i-ness.  I occasionally even find myself chuckling!  My staff is beginning to wonder......I try to tell them about my new idol, but they aren't interested....but someday, they will know the name of Barbara  Boxer.... Thank you, Red

          only my toys are red

      •  East Bay chiming in too (none)
        I don't remember the last time I was this happy with a politician I voted for.  Thanks Barbara.  Here's to a long a happy relationship.

        "No matter what they want the answer is no. Now is not the time to fold, now is the time to up the ante."
        -Charles Pierce

        by baba durag on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:59:44 PM PST

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        •  sadly (none)
          my senator is diane feinstein.  I wish that I could be as proud of her as I am of the great Senator Boxer, but sadly she is a tool.  can someone let her know that she is from northern california, and she can be as honest, and democratic, and as fierce with the Bushies as she should be?  Or does she really like sucking up to Rice and voting with the Republicans?

          THANK YOU, Senator Boxer, for leading the charge right now.    You are giving us all new hope.

          http://www.katemckinnon.com

          by kate mckinnon on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 07:13:52 AM PST

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    •  A good example (4.00)
      I'm as proud of having you as my Senator as I am ashamed of Feinstein.  

      Is there any way we can vote for you to be a super-senator, with twice the voting power of a normal senator (and get Feinstein outta there)?

      In all seriousness, thank you for your tremendous courage, Senator Boxer.  Now, time to back my words with some $$ ... I'm off for your PAC with creditcard in hand.

      •  Another Californian chiming in (none)
        I completely agree Mikecx...Feinstein has lost my vote and my support, but I will back Boxer all the way!
      •  Hear Hear! (none)
        And to think that Feinstein had an opportunity to represent us here in California...most unfortunate.  Any person, regardless of party affiliation, who approves of the job Rice is doing must condone incompetence and lying, or they just toe the line for Herr Bush and his minions...

        A vote confirming Rice tells us where Feinstein stands, and if she confirms Gonzales as well, she's doomed in this state.  This is why the Democrats keep losing elections, they apparently are unable to take a stand that doesn't have a quick poll to back them up.  Ms. Boxer, you showed us a what a Democrat MUST be, and I thank you.

      •  My Pre-Vote Letter To Feinstein (4.00)
        Dear Senator Feinstein:

        Please vote against confirming Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State.  Stand with Boxer, and with the majority of Californians.

        From your reponse to my letter regarding your vote on the Iraq War Resolution, I am aware that you choose to ignore the bulk of your constituents when it comes to National Security and Defense, but nonetheless, I hope in the case of Condoleeza Rice you will vote against her confirmation.  She has been a disgrace at the NSC, and clearly holds no respect for you, your colleages, or the US Congress.

        You wrote me to say that the invasion of Iraq was justified because of secret information you had aquired as a committee member.  Last week, the Bush Administration called off its vain search for WMD.  

        Yours,
        mikecx
        "Fool me once, shame on me ... fool me twice -- you can't get fooled again!"  -GWB

        you can send yours, here:
        http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html

    •  No tip jar? (4.00)
      I can't believe Sen. Boxer didn't put up a tip jar so we could express our admiration in a truly meaningful way.

      Seriously, though, she didn't say it, so I will:

      PAC for a Change is the PAC started by Sen. Boxer.  Money = power.  Democrats who want access to that PAC money will have to grow a spine.  Think of your donation as a "spine fertilization treatment".

      •  Hrm (none)
        A) Somehow I doubt her account needs mojo.  If she really wants the mojo priviledges and such, I'm sure Kos would grant them to her.

        B) Mojo/moderation isn't "truly meaningful": what's truly meaningful is to express and voice our support, as we have done.

        And on that note, I would like to thank Senator Boxer for her courage: truly a refreshing change from the Democratic party of the recent past, and a necessary change if we are to survive these next four years.  I sure hope courage is infectious.

        •  hmmmphf! (none)
          don't be so grumpy!  grrrr!  i'll stick my chihuahua on ya!
          •  Yes, let's all be blindly saccharine (none)
            No wait, that'd be stupid.

            Sorry, I calls 'em like I sees em.  I don't think I was unduly harsh, I didn't personally insult the individual I was responding to, I just explained why Senator Boxer likely has no need for a "tip jar" (though to be honest I'm not a huge fan of the "tip jar" phenomenon in general, but oh well).

            Just because we're generally on the same "side" politically doesn't mean we need to be dogmatically "nice" to each other and avoid being "grumpy."

            •  Oh, for heaven's sake. (none)
              Do I really have to put (tongue in cheek) in the post?  I guess so.  sigh.
              •  yes you do damn it! (none)
                in fact, it should be an image of a tongue in cheeck  (btw, what DOES a tongue in cheek look like?).

                & be careful of how you sigh -- are you crazy?!?!  that could FRIGGIN mean ANYTHING!!   you're just asking to be flamed!

                you have to put a "(sigh)" after the "sigh" -- just so that people know that it, yes, REALLY is a sigh!

                be afraid.  

                be very very afraid.

                •  Actually, yes (none)
                  You don't necessarily have to literally put emoticons and other expressions in your post, but it is true that written text is often harder to decipher than actual conversation.  Nuance and other subtle intent is lost, since you only have words and not expressions to go on.

                  In your case, your sarcasm is detectable, because you wrote it obviously enough.  In b2witte's post that I originally replied to, the apparent "tongue-in-cheekness" was not obvious, to me at least.  It seemed like it was a serious assertion that Boxer should have a tip jar, and as such I gave it a serious reply.

                  This is obviously not a "real issue" per se, and I realize you're just trying to "lighten the mood": that said, I do think that as a community Daily Kos often gets a little too echo-chambery and self-stroking.  A little self-reflection and criticism can be good.

                  •  agreed! (none)
                    & an excellent suggestion:  a little self-reflection & criticism can be good.  self-stroking is never as good as having others stroke for you.

                    and having fun & enjoying oneself is also good for the soul -- not to mention the heart.

                    maybe we all can do both, eh?  i think i (b2 also?) was playfully saying that you were being, well, a bear.

                    but no, you were never rude & were quite civil (esp., given some on this board).  commendable & always a pleasure to debate with people who can communicate & listen rather than yell & be offended.

                    see ya around sir!

                    •  Indeed (none)
                      But don't think that just because I made a few Vulcan-logic-like posts means I never have fun.  Believe it or not, I'm actually a quite flippant person: just ask anyone who knows me out here in meatspace.  Online, however, I do tend towards a more "rationalist" approach, because I like using sites like this as places to keep my mental chops in shape.

                      Thanks for this exchange though, and I do appreciate the presence of a few "jesters" on sites like this.  It isn't a role I'm suited for, but I'm glad we have folks like you to lighten the mood.

                      Keep on keepin' on.

                      •  i'm insulted! (none)
                        i'm not a jester!

                        actually, i think vulcan logic has it's place & i myself can be accused of being both playful & serious.

                        i think this place & others can be a good place to keep your mind sharp -- however, it's good to get out & have fun sometimes.

                        we'll last long then :-)....sounds like you've got a good plan for yourself.  congrats.

                        btw, i like your blog.  i'm just getting active on mine.  if i read more of your blog, i'll add it to my list.  an exchange, as you stated, of any kind is not a bad thing.

                        live long & prosper.  tell spock i said hi.

      •  Just sent 20.01$ and an e-mail of thanks, (none)
        we need to thank her for doing her job as so few others are willing to do, and to thank her for posting! How nice that a pol apparently thinks "the people" matter. Lets shower her with love people, go and give now. We cannot wean the Dems from the corperate teat unless we stand ready to replace thier donations.

        We are all wearing the blue dress now.

        by PLS on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:32:16 PM PST

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        •  me too (4.00)
          This formerly lukewarm supporter of hers joined her email list last week and sent her a small check today.  My sense of responsibility tugged at me the right way.  Via dkos (and newly spineful demos) I'm getting converted to becoming part of the solution, even if in itty bitty incremental baby steps . . .
      •  Wouldn't it suck... (4.00)
        ...to get super-trolled by Barbara Boxer?

        When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross -- Sinclair Lewis

        by DC Pol Sci on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:32:28 PM PST

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    •  Support the Boxer Rebellion (4.00)
      Remember that letters on paper are still important. So take a second and thank her, especially if you're a Californian!

      My letter:

      Dear Senator Boxer,

      Thank you for giving Congress the opportunity to discuss and debate the irregularities surrounding the 2004 election in Ohio. It is clear that our system is badly in need of reform.

      Thank you for having the courage to hold Secretary Rice accountable for her dishonesty and incompetence. It's about time someone pointed out the elephant in the room.

      Thank you for standing up to President Bush and the Republicans. We Democrats have been on the ropes for too long.

      I fear that we're in for a difficult four years, but I'm reassured to know that you are part of the opposition. You are setting an example that all Democrats should not only be proud of, but would be wise to follow. President Bush and the Republicans do not have a "mandate" of any kind, and I am confident that you will continue to remind them of this fact as they attempt to privatize Social Security, erode our civil liberties, and hide their extremist neo-con agenda behind the War on Terrorism.

      You've shown me (and thousands of other Californians) that we voted for the right woman again. I am so proud that you represent me in Congress.

      Sincerely,

      Wil Wheaton

    •  Thank you (none)
      In such delusion-given times, it is wonderful to see someone speak so.   Too much talk fills our country of the latest and many kinds of Ba'al to bow to, to use the terminology of another millenium.   How precious a person is who reminds us otherwise, who stands in emet and emunah.

      Renewal, not mere Reform.

      by killjoy on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:40:44 AM PST

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    •  Dear Senator Boxer, (4.00)
      Can we trade Hillary for you????  Please?  You are the best, would you like our signatures for a "stop Gonzalez"?  How can any American who represents the people vote for this insanity? Thank you for being the leader we the people so desperately needed.

      We need you.   We appreciate you.
      Sincerely,
      blue cayuga

      The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are! (who?)

      by bluecayuga on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:52:13 AM PST

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      •  OH NO! (none)
        You can keep her.  Your only hope is she runs for president then the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire will have to deal with her.  LOL!

        Babs is ours!

        Thank you Senator from the City of Angels!

        DON'T BLAME ME; I VOTED FOR CLARK

        by DWCG on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:20:11 PM PST

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    •  ditto from... (none)
      Santa Rosa.

      Now please whip the Senior Senator into shape!

    •  You aren't my senator (4.00)
      --technically, but I wish that you were.  Thanks so much for having guts and for standing up.  You were great and an inspiration to our leadership.

      We have many challenges ahead and I donot underestimate them. You have my help in any way that you want it.  I have a big mouth and a lot of energy.  

      May we always be represented by clear-eyed and principled leaders like yourself. Speaking the truth and attesting to reality shouldnt merit special awards, but in these times, these attributes cannot be taken for granted.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      Dreaming of clear streams, clear skies and our hearts clear and free from hate...

      by SwimmertoFreedom04 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:03:27 PM PST

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    •  You are a true Hero (3.66)
      You held the line when the time came. You have helped buy back something of our national soul.

      So many more battles to be fought, but senator-we have your back. Please help get Howard where he needs to be so whe can apply that as still unknown grass-roots energy to light a fire. A fire to truly show the world what the fires of freedom really means.

      Hint-it aint the Shrubs version.

      What does it profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul

      by SnarkyShark on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:31:03 PM PST

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    •  She (none)
      is mine too! Without her I doubt I would be sane anymore.

      "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

      by SanJoseLady on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:37:07 PM PST

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    •  City of Angels (none)
      lovin' it
    •  I second that opinion (4.00)
      I too am proud of my Senator from California. I live in So. California. I was so proud of her, I could not stand by while a local conservative talk show host demonized her, calling her a "Socialist Pig", and demanded her recall. (they think because they successfully recalled a Democratic Governor, they can do the same with every Democratic office holder.) Against my better judgement I emailed the fat bastard,(his name is Rick Roberts, on KFMB 7.60, for any Californias who wish to harass him) telling him he was wrong, and why. The jerk read my email on the air, editing it to suit his demented purposes. Intentionly leaving out all the verifable facts, telling his listeners, that I obviously don't read because it looks like an email written by a 12 year old. ( I am 60 years old with two grown daughters who are both attorneys, and four small grandchildren.In the past year, I have read at least 8 anti-Bush books.) Instead of reading my facts about Dr. Rice's lies, he decided to tell the listeners, I was guilty of "revisionist history", typical of those on the left.
      I was so frustrated listening to him and not being able to defend myself, that night I, along with my daughters composed another scathing email to him, Will he edit and read this one too? Maybe,but I don't think so. Every line contained a hit on him, and I challanged him to read the first email or this one if he dared. I should have known better, this is how the right operates, they pick and choose what suits their purposes, in an effort to bolster their position. Senator Boxer was before the Senate Judiciary committe with facts, verifiable facts about Dr. Rice and her incompetence, and what did they focus on, what were their headlines, "Senator Boxer calls Dr. Rice a liar". They went on to say, Senator Boxer knew Dr. Rice would be confirmed, and by calling her a liar she destroyed this fine woman's creditabilty as an effective Sec. of State. Rice lies, Boxer calls her on the lies, and it is Boxer who destroyed Rice's creditabilty. The lack of accountabilty and responsibilty for ones actions with this crew is astounding.
    •  Proud you are my senator (none)
      I live in L.A. and I, too, am delighted that you are speaking out when it's called for. More of this, please.
  •  Thanks, Barbara, (4.00)
    you done us proud.

    "Never mind the trick, what the hell's the point?" Joseph Heller, Catch-22

    by wozzle on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:44:06 AM PST

  •  Grew up in Marin, and now lost in the Red states (4.00)
    You go, girl!  It's high time we had someone in a position of prominence stand up and loudly call George Bush's flying monkeys on their lies and misrepresentations.

    I hope you are planning to do the same to Mr. Bush after his State of the Union bait-and-switch on Social Security piratization.

    We've got your back, Senator Boxer.

    You can never be too rich, too thin, or too cynical.

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:45:03 AM PST

    •  I've already told (4.00)
      Senator Boxer in an email to MOVE OVER because I'm coming to California!  

      Come on Doc, let's blow this joint.

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:07:53 AM PST

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      •  Wait up! (none)
        Is there still room in the carpool for me, hub, and cat?

        Will you be a Weaver of the fabric of our Democracy, or will you be a Moth?

        by jandey on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:15:39 AM PST

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        •  I think the country is gonna tip to the west (none)
          From everybody who's gonna wanna go! It's The California Gold Rush all over again!LOL

          Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait till I get going!"

          by Revel on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:32:21 AM PST

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      •  I was invited to apply for a job in TX (none)
        a few days after the election and my partner said "NO F*CKING WAY ARE WE MOVING TO TEXAS."

        It was a great job, at a better institution... but she had an indisputable point.

        I'm waiting for that California job offer!

        •  Austin's really not that bad. (none)
          It could be better but it could be much worse. Now, if your job offer was anywhere else in Texas... well, I wouldn't live there, either.

          I should be nice. Texas is getting bluer, slowly. And there are good people everywhere.

          But I still wouldn't live anywhere but Austin.

          "You're born naked and the rest is drag." -Ru Paul

          by cshardie on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 10:12:58 AM PST

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    •  more from a red-stater... (none)
      ....senator boxer - you are the best!  thank you so much for standing tall and taking it to the bush administration.

      my senators - kay hutchison and john "box turtle" cornyn - are such a disappointment.  bush lackeys, that's all they are.

      i sincerely wish we could clone you, senator boxer.   lord knows we could use more senators like you.

      "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

      by anna on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:04:55 AM PST

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      •  More red state love (4.00)
        From FL, home to one conservative Democrat and one spanking-new, neo-con lapdog in the Senate.

        Senator, your courage to fight for the other half of the country is heartening. Courageous Democratic legislators providing a fierce offense to the administration's madness is the only representation I've got right now.

        Thanks for fighting for the proud 48%.

      •  Red State Love (none)
        Thank you Senator Boxer.  Living in Oklahoma, dems are found living in closets.  It is so dishearting when the democrats in congress let the conservative run all over them and don't even potest.

        Even here in the reddest red, people did see that someone on the other side knows how to stand up for what we believe.  They listen more to the locals when it also show up on the small screen in the living room.

        Thank you, Thank you

        Now to go find that pac and give you a small bit of concrete thanks.

    •  Grew up in TN (4.00)
      New resident of beautiful blue CA.

      I'm so proud that YOU are MY Senator.
      Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      So, whatcha doing in '08?

  •  thank YOU Senator (4.00)
    we appreciate your valuable time and acknowledgement that our voices are being heard.
  •  your welcome! (4.00)
    now go kick some more ass!

    Chocolate! I remember when they invented chocolate! Start rubbing, you lazy mary ...

    by bopes on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:45:54 AM PST

  •  You are the only Democrat (3.94)
    Keeping me in the party at this point.

    We need more like you, with your convictions, courage and gift of speech.

    I'm PROUD to call you my Senator.

    •  yeah (3.87)
      Were it not for Boxer and Howard Dean, I would probably have left the party already. They're the ones keeping hope alive for the Democratic Party right now. Them and us.
    •  Here's to a time when liberals (4.00)
      Here's to a time when liberals can be judged for the persuasiveness of their rhetoric, fervor of their argument, and the power of their convictions not the labels foisted upon them by conservative demigods in an attempt to wedge up apart.  Let the Democratic Party be a big tent again where everyone on the left has a reason to join.
  •  I would like to add mine (4.00)
    to the long list of thanks you will receive here.  

    And kudos to you for doing what it seems no other will do: STAND UP AND FIGHT!!

    You are keeping me from total disillusionment, thank you.  

    Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clemens...

    by Billy Shears on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:46:34 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (4.00)
    We appreciate you standing up for us. We do notice what you've done and we understand how difficult it is to do. Thanks.

    now - watch this drive.

    by jmelli on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:47:04 AM PST

  •  Thank You (4.00)
    Really proud that you represent us in the Senate.  I just hope the other democrats look at you and develop a spine.  Great going.
  •  it's people like you (4.00)
    and performances like you gave with Rice that give me hope for our future.

    thanks!

    All extremists are irrational and should be exposed

    by SeanF on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:47:51 AM PST

  •  Sen. Boxer (3.91)
    Thank You for being one of the last Democratic politicians who are still willing to fight for whats right for this country, and not for just what is right for them personally.  You are a true leader, something we have far to few of these days.
  •  Senator Boxer, (4.00)
    It is our pleasure, no, our duty as citizens of this country to stand behind you to support honesty and integrity in our government.

    Proud member of the White House google-bomb project.
    Be proud. YOU'RE A LIBERAL.

    by changingamerica on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:49:17 AM PST

  •  I live in New York but am grateful (4.00)
    that you and now other Democrats are standing up to this adminstration and its lies about Iraq. America can no longer afford to allow Bush and his adminstraion to continue to act as if the war in Iraq is a good thing, or that it is working to our benefit. The costs of this war are too grat to be ignored. Most importantly, by standing up to Rice and Bush you have shown that Democrats and all Americans who care abouty the future, will not allow a war to be sold to the American people under what have proven to be totally false premises. The Bush administration has not been honest with the American people about this war, and our standing abroad has been damaged. Thank you, Barbara Boxer, for challenging the shallow lies that the Bush administration used to get us into this horrific and unnecessary war. Keep up the good fight: this administration must know that their lies will not go unchallenged.
    •  Also a New Yorker (4.00)
      Though I am disappointed in my own Senators this week, I've a little glimmer of hope that your courage in standing up against the Rice nomination might have encouraged Sen. Schumer to vote no on Alberto Gonzales.  Thank you for standing up, Senator Boxer, not just for California but for all of us.

      Democracy demands discussion, disagreement and dissent. - Wes Clark

      by djinniya on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:23:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  More thanks from the East Coast (4.00)
        Another New Yorker chimes in - no need to thank us, we're so proud and grateful to have your leadership. And I, too, believe that your willingness to stick your neck out and speak truth to power helped inspire the Democrats of the Judiciary Committee to vote as they did yesterday (even Sen. Schumer!).

        Maybe your actions, and theirs, will inspire the entire Democratic Senate delegation to do the same. It's amazing how far a little courage can go.

        More power to you (in every sense)!

        As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

        by sidnora on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:35:47 PM PST

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    •  NYCer Says Thanks (none)
      Me Too!!!!!!!!!!

      I wish I heard from either one of our Senators.  Maybe its time to move to Cali?

  •  Thanks, senator (4.00)
    You've done us proud. I wish I could say the same of my senators here in New York or back home, in the Upper Midwest. Keep doing what you're doing, please. You give us hope, and heck, some of your collegues might get just a clue if you keep it up.

    "Senators, you polish a turd/Here in the city we got a word for those who'd bed their beloved Big Bird and make a mockery of our freedoms/It's Hey, MF" -L Reed

    by Septic Tank on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:50:10 AM PST

  •  indeed... (4.00)
    We all appreciate the work you do, and all of us who live in other states wish we could have you (or someone a little more like you) as one of our senators. I live in KY, so I don't think I have to explain the disappointment I feel with my representation.

    "...it's blowin' peace and freedom, it's blowin' you and me..." - Support independent music!

    by snookybeh on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:52:00 AM PST

  •  Ultimate Tip Jar (4.00)
    She didn't post a KOS tip jar, but here's a better way to give her real world "karma" - Donate to her PAC.

    I've never received money from the government to spout an opinion. How 'bout you?

    by nightsweat on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:52:01 AM PST

  •  Keep up the good work (4.00)
    And never back down!

    You know you're doing something right if Saturday Night Live pokes fun.

    Thanks for living up for the principals of the Democratic party and of our nation. I just hope we can take some of the fight in you and distribute it to the other Senators in time for the Gonzales floor debate. You can't let that man become our next attorney general. Do Not Confirm him.

  •  hey Kos... (4.00)
    if you're reading this, I think maybe this diary would be more than qualified for the front page.

    "...it's blowin' peace and freedom, it's blowin' you and me..." - Support independent music!

    by snookybeh on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:54:04 AM PST

    •  I agree (4.00)
      I'm deeply, deeply honored to read a diary post from a Senator.  Thank you with all my heart.

      My Senator, no less.  There really is a God.

      •  This is A Coming of Age for dKos Community (4.00)
        Forty-thousand impassioned people no longer have to physically assemble with signs and shouts in order to be heard.  

        Instead, forty-thousand electronic voices coming together in impassioned debate 24/7 on ALL issues of importance to our country finally got a spot on the national stage and the attention of a senator who now has a national constituency in us, as well.

        This is very, very important.  Someday, the history books will talk about the grassroots blog movement, and the story will start with Dean, but THIS event marks the end of our babyhood.

        Thank you, Senator Boxer, not only for standing on principle, and standing up for us, but also for recognizing that there are now new ways of communicating and forging new constituencies.

        Fuzzy only works for pets.

        by NotFuzzy on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:38:30 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ahh, memories... (none)
          I remember back when this all got started, when if you saw a post signed "Barbara Boxer," you assumed it was from a jerk like me trying to be funny... and you were right...
          Our little dKos is growing up so nice... (snifff)

          Doing it right is what fascism is all about. -- Lynda Barry

          by pedant on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:27:05 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Indeed It Is (none)
          And I think the growing power of dKos also explains the discrediting campaign the RWNM undertook a couple of weeks ago (and I'm sure I'm not the first to note this).  

          It was then that I remarked to my girlfriend that Kos has made it to The Show.

          The smears were more than an attempt to distract from Payola Williams.  They were an attempt to preempt the growing threat we represent to the neofascists.

      •  My sentiments exactly, Paradox. (4.00)
        Sen. Boxer, I am uplifted by your courage and appreciate your common-sense representation of our vast State.  Communicating with us via this forum is gratifying not least because of its personal nature, like a card in the mail from a friend that you weren't expecting.

        We've got your back.  Don't hesitate to call on us!   ('Cause we sure will be calling on you!)

      •  We're not worthy! We're not worthy! (none)
        (Genuflecting, a la Wayne and Garth.)

        Support the troops-- 'cause Bush sure doesn't.

        by Sandia Blanca on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:33:39 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Completely agree Kos...Front page material!! (none)
      Sen. Boxer, thank you so much for having the courage to stand up for our ideals, unlike many of our democratic representatives. You are my new hero!!
  •  lady you've got 'em (4.00)
    So damn proud you have the balls to question the fitness of these people who are supposed to serve all of us....including the 49% who did not put a rubber stamp on this president or his cultlike followers.

    You know you're being noticed when SNL "does" you...."here is a graph I've brought, yellow is the truth, and blue is what you said"....awesome

    How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?

    by getmeoutofdixie on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:54:19 AM PST

  •  Give Our Fighing Dem Senator Boxer... (4.00)
    some love if you have not done so already.

    Donate to her PacForAChange.

    The Rethugs huffed and puffed about how my Senator! Barbara Boxer was raising money for her PAC, so that means they are afraid of her!

    One of the 'strengths' of the Rethug machine is that creeps like Tom DeLay raise millions for congress critters that do his bidding, like changing ethics rules. And we Dems have not countered that weapon in the past.

    So, help stick it to the Thugs by joining and backing her PAC.  

    LL

    Lefty Limblog - It is time to WIN instead of "Appease and Cringe". Fight the Rethugs!

    by LeftyLimblog on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:55:24 AM PST

    •  good idea (none)
      and thanks for the link. I've signed up, and I encourage others to follow your suggestion. For far too long the Roy Blount's and Tom Delay's of this nation have used their PAC money to support radical right wing candidates. It's high time we did a little organizing of our own. Ok, we aren't Pharma, or the Liquor Distributors, or the National Association of Manufacturers...but there are a lot of us. Just maybe, with thousands of small donors, we can come close to matching the Fat Corporate Cats. That just might make the corporate pigs squeal even louder.
      •  Sure can. (none)
        Just maybe, with thousands of small donors, we can come close to matching the Fat Corporate Cats.

        I think that was the good news about '04. Even if Kerry didnt win, the campaign was not starved for money. That is an important thing to learn from 2004.

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    And we're always here for your next call to arms!
  •  p.s. (4.00)
    please give senator byrd a big fat hug for us!  his speech at rice's confirmation was glorious.
  •  So... (none)
    ...is this for real?  

    Okay, well, you're welcome, Senator (or staffer).  Give 'em hell and all that.

    •  I'm surprised by the uncritical acceptance of this (none)
      Remember: "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog"
      •  Yeah... (none)
        People are so trusting.  I mean, that's fine, I guess.  Speaks well of...something.  Wow, aren't I the little cynical GenXer.

        I got an email from the Senator's office yesterday responding to my request from weeks ago that she call 'em out on Ohio.  Well, I was watching the news, so yeah, I knew she ended up doing it, as well as calling BS on Rice and Gonzales, but it was nice to get a reply, no matter who in her office sent it.

        Just saying- I've worked for busy important people before, and I did all their correspondence.  If a staffer is sending out this stuff, give that person a raise.

      •  Then we're all fooled.. (none)
        So the least someone can do, yoo hoo, Kos?, is forward this on to Senator Boxer. She should feel all this love even on the outside chance she didn't start the fest here. (BTW, call me a fool, but I think she did post this.)
    •  I received the same email (none)
      from Boxer.

      Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. -Orwell

      by TracieLynn on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:34:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  So, thank you Sen. Boxer! (none)
      Boxer's whole staff rocks. They are the ones that take our calls and faxes and keep the Senator informed. We know she's real, because we see the votes.

      So, I am gonna $how them all some famous California ATM Love.

  •  I Wish You Were My Senator (4.00)
    You were terrific, representing all Americans concerned at the way dishonesty and incompetence are being rewarded in this administration.
  •  Thank You!! (4.00)
    I'm pretty new to dailyKos but the energy here, and the communications potential in  virtual communities like this has really impressed me.

    I found dKos just before the election on Nov 2 but only became really involved afterward. I saw so much energy here and desire to make a difference. It was cathartic, and motivating at the same time.

    I've been blown away - in the good sense - multiple times, first by experiences such as following a play-by-play of senate sessions like the omnibus spending bill, then the election challenge on Jan. 6th, and the Rice hearings.  I've seen calls to action answered here, for things ranging from contributions to a vet who needs a computer, to comment submissions for the CRA rules change, to people coordinating new organizations such as BuyBlue.org.

    But what makes me most proud and excited of all, is to see that our national legislators are ready to jump in and work with us through this medium. First SDCC the other day, and now you, Senator.  I'm not sure what we'll be able to make out of this, but I think it will be great.

    Thank you for joining us and asking for our help. And thank you for taking a stand, so eloquently, on January 6th, and on the Rice nomination.  I'm sure I'm missing many others I should be thanking you for, and I know there will be many more in the future.

    Thank you so much!

  •  Senator Boxer you are an inspiration! (4.00)
    With so much at stake, you are a beacon of light in a darking sea.

    You are my Senator, and you make me very proud. I was born is San Diego and have lived in California my entire life. You are the best thing that has happened to this state in many years. Now you are the best thing that has happened to the Democratic party in many years. Please continue to fight the good fight.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

    by maggiemae on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:58:04 AM PST

    •  Agreed! (none)
      I am soooo proud to call you my Senator. It seemed a long shot when I helped petition to have you to stand up for us on Ohio late last year. I can't tell you how happy we were when you did stand up against the Ohio electors in the name of fairness. And then you have stood up for us again.

      You are a breath of fresh air, my dear Senator. May your strong voice continue to bring this country back to some semblance of sanity. I hope that we in the CA grassroots community can find more ways to support you. Please don't be shy to ask us!

  •  Dear Senator Boxer, (4.00)
    Thank you so much! In the daily barrage of propaganda, distortions, and outright lies it is an enomormous relief to hear you speak the truth.  You uphold your responsibilities as Senator with courage and integrity and I am grateful to you beyond words.
  •  From 'The OC' (4.00)
    Thank you Senator Boxer. Once again you made my proud to have you as my Senator.
    •  Another voice (4.00)
      calling out from behind the Orange Curtain.

      Brava, Ms. Boxer!  We are proud of you.  I was in heaven watching you give them hell, not only on Rice, but on the Ohio vote.  Next project:

      * Kill the Gonzales nomination.

      This guy makes makes mob lawyers look respectable.  Any opinion that contemplates that the American President is somehow above the law is wrong.  Any opinion that can contemplate the "appropriate use of torture" is dangerous.  Alberto Gonzales is in no way qualified to be Attorney General.  The only way that America can completely repudiate the opinions that came from his office is for the Senate to speak in one voice and to reject his nomination by a vote of 100 to nothing.

      We've got your back.

      Sorceress Sarah

      It is no accident that Liberty and Liberal are the same word.

      by Sorceress Sarah on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:09:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Orange Curtainers Unite! (none)
      Another from the dread backwater -- PROUD to say THANK YOU to Senator Boxer!
  •  Proud to support you, grateful for your voice (4.00)
    thank you, Senator Boxer.

    "God help the political system in which a thoroughly addled sovereign is faced with a real crisis." Anatole Lieven, Carnegie Endowment for Peace

    by Tulip on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:59:08 AM PST

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Barbara Boxer
  •  Verification (4.00)
    I just got off the phone with Senator Boxer's office. After being forwarded from the San Francisco office to the Washington office to the press office inside her the DC office, I still don't have a confirmation that this is not an impersonation. One of the people I spoke with has promised to call me back once she has a definitive answer.

    If you are in fact Senator Boxer, let me tell you that I'm proud to be represented by you, and can only hope that you convince other senators to vote against the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales.

    •  Confirmation (4.00)
      My phone call was returned a few moments ago, and this is indeed a legitimate post on behalf of Senator Boxer. The only surprise is that the move to post this letter came from her PAC.
      •  ok, cool (none)
        nice to know that my doubts about its veractiy were unfounded.
      •  On behalf of? (none)
        as opossed to "by"?
        •  Don't really know (none)
          The language used by the staffer I spoke with was "by her PAC". The exact sequence of events could have been any of the following:
          1. Senator Boxer wrote the letter and posted it on this site herself while in the PAC for a Change office.
          2. Senator Boxer wrote the letter, and asked a staff member at PAC for a Change to post it here.
          3. Senator Boxer asked her staff at PAC for a Change to write the letter, endorsed it, and then asked them to post it here
          4. The staff at PAC for a Change wrote the letter, suggested posting it here, and asked Senator Boxer to endorse both the letter and the posting.
          •  Does it matter? (4.00)
            The fact is that Boxer and her staff feel we are important enough to be directly communicated with.  Along with the diary posted yesterday by the Senate war room, this bespeaks very well of the party in paying attention to its netroots and also says that our concerns about being used as an ATM are being paid attention to.

            When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross -- Sinclair Lewis

            by DC Pol Sci on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:47:09 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  On behalf of (none)
          If Senator Boxer is anything like many people with high-level "executive" jobs, she may not ever touch a computer. It's all done by the staff... but she has to give the OK for it. Whether Senator Boxer's fingers ever touched the keyboard doesn't concern me. Probably she told some bright young staff writer to put together a letter saying thanks to all who signed the petition, with some instruction as to content. BYW came back with a draft, Boxer read it (in the hall as she walked from one meeting to another), suggested a couple of changes, and then gave the OK when same BYW said hey, let's post this on DailyKos -- they really helped get the word out.
  •  We're With You (4.00)
    Thank you, Senator Boxer.

    I believe that a visible, vocal opposition party is laying the groundwork for future electoral success and the triumph of reason over fanaticism.

  •  thanks so much (4.00)
    It takes a lot of bravery to do what you did.  Everyone is so proud of you.  We've been waiting so long for leaders who will stand up to power and say what is right.
  •  No, thank you, Senator... (none)
    Thank you very much!
  •  Senator Boxer (4.00)
    Thank you so much for all you've done.  We know how difficult it must be-keep up the great work!

    Just one thing, if you have the time-grab ahold of Ben Nelson (my Democratic Senator) and smack some sense into him for me.

    Thanks in advance,
    Brenda in Lincoln NE

  •  thanks to you Senator Boxer (4.00)
    You showed courage, determination and principles-things that have been sorely lacking on our side for a long time (at least in a visible way). It means a lot to me that you took the time to post here. As a Pennsylvanian, I have no one to whom I can turn with me concern. Frankly, I'm an expatriate in a country with a state religion (the theology of conservative power.)
  •  Voted for you, donated! (4.00)
    Back when you first ran I voted for you. I am more proud of that vote than my votes for Feinstein and (since I moved to New York) Schumer and Clinton.

    I thanked you for your challenge of the Ohio electors by donating to your PAC for Change. I want you to keep up the fight and if you do, I will donate again. Wish I could still vote for you! Tell Hillary and Chuck that their base in Brooklyn is disappointed!!!

    Delenda est Sinclair! http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group

    by mole333 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:01:32 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer! (4.00)
    I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for your courage and leadership in the United States Senate. Thank you very much and please keep up the great work on behalf of the American people.
  •  From Southern California (none)
    Thank you so much for your efforts during the nomination hearings.

    We're so proud to have you as our Senator.

  •  I echo the expressions of pride ... (4.00)
    I echo the expressions of pride I've seen above.  I've voted for you every time I've seen your name on a ballot, and I look foward to doing so several more times.  I sincerely believe that anyone who wants to see what true patriotism looks like need only watch your questioning of Condoleezza Rice, or of the results of the 2004 "election."

    Thank you, Senator.  Stay strong and please keep fighting.  You can count on us.

    "...your grasp has exceded your reach/ And you put all your faith in a figure of speech..." -- Warren Zevon

    by Roddy McCorley on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:02:02 AM PST

  •  America at her best! (none)
    Thanks Barbara Boxer!
  •  I've said it before... (none)
    you do what you can with what you have and right now, almost all we have is our voice. When many of us speak as one we will be heard. Thank you, Senator Boxer, I'm proud to raise my voice with yours.

    G. O. P. = Social Insecurity

    by Nag on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:04:43 AM PST

  •  I wish you were my senator (none)
    although levin ain't so bad.

    thank you SO much.

    •  Proud to have voted in your first Senate victory (none)
      And like Rabid Nation, now a Michigander who is proud that Senator Levin joined you in voicing opposition to Dr. Rice's appointment.

      But most of all, very very very relieved to finally hear some truth expressed in Congress. Thank you!!!

    •  asdf (none)
      With Durbin and Obama representing me in the Senate I can't really complain.  But if I had to trade one of them, Sen. Boxer would be at the top of my list.
    •  Thank you, Senator Boxer! (none)
      I can't vote for you, but I can certainly admire and respect your guts, and I do.  I also respect the homework you obviously did on Dr. Rice's record.

      I also admire Senator Levin, my senior senator.  He wasn't point man on this, but he asked the right questions, voted the right way and stood up for his and many other Americans' beliefs.   Over time I have found him to be principled and knowledgeable.

      Kudos to both of you.

  •  Senator Boxer: (4.00)
    In addition to representing your own constituents in CA, pls note you have truly represented this New Yorker's, and many other non-California resident's, opinions and feelings also. We sincerely thank you for your courageous effort with regard to the Rice nomination and look forward to standing with you again.

    Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. ~George Washington

    by assyrian64 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:05:36 AM PST

  •  Great Start (4.00)
    Voting against is a great step, and I wish my two Senators (Clinton and Schumer) as well as every Democrat would have joined you.

    While it is important to vote against Rice and use her nomination to point out that as National Security Advisor she presided over the greatest security failure in American history and was a chief architect and excuser of an illegal war, her true place should be on trial for war crimes.

    Maybe we'll get there at some point, but Ms. Boxer, your actions are very couragous and a great example. Hopefully they'll rub off on some of your fainthearted colleagues.

  •  Thank you Senator (none)
    I'm am pleased to be a represented by you.  Thanks for putting these issues on the table.
  •  Thank you... (3.66)
    Thank you for giving hope to a beaten-down, outrage-fatigued, voice of reason in a red state (Georgia).  The fact that you were willing to stand up for issues that should not be negotiable really warmed my heart.  I felt that politicians from both sides had become pandering, weak-willed fools sucking on the corporate teat, but your strong words showed me that there are still people with conviction.  My girlfriend keeps saying "Hillary Clinton in 2008" but now she's a Boxer supporter.  Keep doing what you're doing, and hopefully your fire will spread to the others in your party so we can prove that 49% of the country is no small minority.  

    I must temper these words with words of caution however.  We are placing a great deal of trust in you.  You have taken on the responsibility of being the voice of us oppressed.  Please do not betray our trust.  Please do not give into the temptation that will no doubt be presented to you.  Corporations will try to buy you...special interest groups will try to influence you...the so called "Right" will try to bully you.  Don't back down and keep speaking from your heart with what you know is right.  You seem to have a very accurate moral compass...please do not betray my trust and the trust of those who see you as our voice.

    Now if we could just fix the governor situation in your state we'd be set...heheh

    Galatians 6:9-And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    by Haroshia on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:08:50 AM PST

  •  Authentic American Leader (4.00)
    Californians have always been lucky to have you standing by them.

    But now, as a result of these past few weeks, people everywhere are proud to stand by you.

    You are an authentic American leader.

    Thank you!

  •  This is awesome (4.00)
    First the DSCC, now my Senator, have come to my favorite political site!  DKos had alredy hit the big time.  Now official Washington is starting to realize it.

    "Killing a man to defend an idea isn't defending an idea. It's killing a man." -Jean-Luc Godard, "Notre Musique"

    by dday on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:13:45 AM PST

  •  Wow! Keep fighting Barbara! (none)
    Thanks for your post. Hope you and your staff stop by often. We love you here in SF. Keep fighting. Keep fighting.

    I did not receive $ from Ketchum, U.S. Department of Ed or HHS to write this though I wish I had.

    by Volvo Liberal on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:14:45 AM PST

  •  Yes, this is for real (4.00)
    Hi everyone.  I'm Larry, and I work for Senator Boxer's PAC for a Change.  Upon the Senator's request, I was the one who reached out to Kos and Armando to get the interview set up with DavidNYC and Armando.

    The reason the Senate office may not yet be aware of this post is because Senator Boxer did this on her own and really wanted to thank the Kos community and the netroots, as a whole.

    Larry

  •  thank you (4.00)
    For having the courage and gumption to stand up and fight for what you believe is right.  Thank you for contesting the vote count.  Thank you for raising the serious concerns we have regarding Ms. Rice.  Thank you for being a beacon of glimmering hope to so many of us who feel betrayed and bewildered by our country and its leaders.  Thank you for giving a young progressive the energy to face another day with fight in my belly. Thank you for visiting our little e-hamlet of discussion, action, and grassroots willpower.  Thank you for recognizing us as part of your growing support.  
    Thank you.

    "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

    by saint on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:15:24 AM PST

  •  God Bless you Senator Boxer (none)
    and Senator Byrd and the rest of the 18 Sons and Daughters of Liberty!
  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    Thank you Senator.  Your voice allowed a much richer debate from Democrats and, surprisingly, from Republicans.  I was glued to C-Span during the debate and marvelled at how very much the Republican leadership was forced to defend administration policy.

    This is how deliberative democracy should work.  Thank you.  Thank you.  A thousand times, thank you.

    Dan

  •  I'm glad I voted for you before I moved to Wisc. (none)
    You serve the people of your state well, and it showed in your re-election by a large margin. I'm very glad you have become a leader in the Senate. I have no doubt you will continue to work closely with other Senators, whether Democratic, Republican or independent, to serve the true interests of your state and the nation as a whole.
  •  Proud Participant (none)
    of the Boxer Rebellion.  I voted for her in my first election in 1992 but I have moved out of state since.  
  •  Thank you so much (4.00)
    Although I live in Pennsylvania, I feel that you are my senator, since you represent my interests - much more so than Arlen Specter or Rick Santorum ever have.  Never give up the fight.  We are with you every step of the way.
  •  I am so excited (none)
    to be apart of the effort and I'm grateful to you for taking the lead... you have made me proud to be a citizen of the US again...just when I was ready to bail

    From here on out, this San Diegan is ready for your call to action!

    You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do... Anne Lamott

    by crkrjx on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:16:57 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator (4.00)
    It's nice to hear we have someone who's willing to stand up and fight against the absurdity of this administration.  When you stand up for what we believe, we take note of that and give you our full support.  I'm making a donation to your Pac for a Change right now, in fact.

    I hear there's a Senate confirmation vote for an Attorney General coming up. If there's anything you can do to help my new Senator, Barack Obama, stand up and fight with you, I think it'd be very well-received around these parts.

    Thank you!

  •  Simultaneous to this posting (4.00)
    I was dashing off this quick LTE to the SF Chronicle.  (No doubt you'll see it printed tomorrow ; ) )

    Dear Editor:

    It is as simple as this:

    Tom Daschle is everything that is wrong in the democractic party, i.e., concillatory, resigning, timid, whereas Barbara Boxer is everything LEFT in the democractic party, i.e., confrontational, courageous, and committed to core democratic priniciples.

    And she's gracious, during the confirmation hearings of Condoleeza Rice, it was pointed out that she had an enormous mandate--that she had won by a larger margin, proportinately, than had Bush.  She demurred to say something to the effect of she didn't believe in mandates and, in fact, thought the proposition of bandying about one's "mandate" as justification for a politician's every whim was a dangerous activity and contrary to our democratic principles.  

    Touche!

    Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

    by Einsteinia on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:18:36 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (4.00)
    Thank you for listening, thank you for taking risks on our behalf, and thank you for all the difference your adherence to principle has made to us.  I think it's going to be a while before it becomes clear how important that was and how much it changes things.  

    As big of a treat as it is that you're visiting and sharing your kind thoughts directly, the really big deal is your willingness to stand firm on principle and speak some plain truth in DC.  Please don't underestimate the effect that has had, and will have, on our morale.  For those of us who take the whole defending the Constitution and rule of law thing seriously, it's actions like yours that give us hope, and we look forward to standing with you as well.  

    a very proud constituent

    p.s. if there's anything particular you think we can do to enhance your influence on your colleagues please let us know.  thanks...

    The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. --MLK Jr.

    by radish on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:19:07 AM PST

  •  Wow (4.00)
    This is what I like to see: an elected representative who actually communicates directly with her constituents. I'm frankly floored. I'd be impressed by this even if I didn't agree with her. I wish I had a senator like this in my state.

    And thank you very much, Senator Boxer, for your bold and principled service to America.

  •  Thank you again... (4.00)
    ...please make sure your colleagues give Abu Gonzalez something to remember.  I'm sure you'll have plenty to say.
  •  Thank-you for being my voice!. (4.00)
    Thank you (and others) for stepping up to the plate and doing that for me.  I second the "We got your back Senator"! And please relay that message to the Democratic Senate Leadership including Mr. Reid and any other Democrat that provided a voice for me during the debate, including my two Senators Kennedy and Kerry.  Senator Dayton laid it all out on the table using language I would have used, thank him for being so frank.... Finally the use of the "L" word, Liar, to describe this administration's words and actions...it needed to be said. I applaud you all!

    And I also agree with you that at least during the Rice confirmation, Senator Lugar R-Indiana appeared fair and allowed for questioning and debate to occur. Please thank him for that too. All I ask for is the opporutunity for dissenting or differing opinions to be heard and for real debate to occur. He gave me some very slight hope that some republicans still feel and see that it is okay to allow people to respectfully disagree against the policies of this Administration. Isn't that how a democracy and our constitution are suppose to work especially in a such a divided 50-50 country?

    There is still much work to be done and the stakes are enormous. I support your efforts all the way. Thank you for being my voice.

  •  We are honored to be of service... (none)
    And glad that you have so consistently been of service to all of us who value our democracy.

    I hope that you'll stick around.  You might be interested in knowing that you are in the final running for President in 2008.  

    I have one more qualifying round to do, but if you come back tomorrow, you can cast a vote for your favorite Democrat.  :)

    Of course he's written in the Lamb's Book of Life. He's the Antagonist.

    by ultrageek on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:20:48 AM PST

  •  Thank You!!! (4.00)
    I've got a reminder on my PDA to send you an old fashioned snailmail note of thanks for all your work, and it will be coming shortly, but I'm happy to get the perfect opportunity to send you an electronic version as well. Splendid job. Thanks for having enough spine for the whole Senate, especially since it seems to be catching.
  •  Thank you! (4.00)
    As someone else already said before, I live in Pennsylvania, where neither of my senators represents the things I believe in.  Thank you for having the courage and integrity to stand up and question those responsible for the mess in Iraq.  Keep it coming!
  •  Thank you! (none)
    I feel like the party is dramatically turning around from four years ago (to the point where I regret my displeasure at the initial selection of Reid!)  When the bullies attack, point out why they are wrong, why their policies hurt America, and don't feel like you always have to be nice about it.  Good to have you on the team!

    In Afghanistan, they call them the Taliban. Here, we call them Republicans

    by ragnark on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:22:37 AM PST

  •  You go, girl... (3.50)
    We need 45 Barbara Boxers in the Senate...and 51 come 2006.  Then sanity may return to our government.

    My only regret is that this New Yorker can't vote for you.  My Senators, Chuck Clinton, have their eyes too much on their own agenda to speak with a voice that resonates with THE TRUTH!

    Thank you , Senator.

    This is a joke...right?

    by NYBri on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:22:45 AM PST

  •  No, no thank YOU (4.00)
    These are dangerous times. As Seymour Hersh said recently, a small dangerous group has taken over our government and nobody dares challenge them. That's exactly what you're doing. You're the person saying the Emperor has no clothes. I know you'll continue doing the same and hopefuly your honesty and courage will be contageous and encourage people to snap out of it and tell the truth about Bush and the neocons.

    Your stand on election fraud was even more powerful. You adressed the core illigitimacy of the election with courage and directness. You risked ridicule and instead have become a tone setter for the party.  Your stand on the that 'riskier' issue gives added power and authority to stands you take now.

    For whatever reason when the going gets tough and men can't hack it, women seem to step up and get away with it. Maybe it's because women are so underestimated. In any case, I'm proud that my Senator has turned out to be one of the greats. We're friends of Jonathan Estrin and Shelly List (I think we met you at Shelly's funeral). Thank you!

  •  You are democracy in action! (4.00)
    Thank you so much for what you have done this week!  You have been truly inspiring.  I, like so many others here, only wish that I could have voted for you.  

    We've got a lot of work to do in NC, unfortunately.

  •  a thank you from Canada (4.00)
    Thank you, Senator Boxer, for placing the undeniable truth on the table during the Rice hearings. Although she may continue to deny it, millions of us know that truth as well.

    You are a true inspiration and thank you so much for posting a personal message here at Daily Kos. That means so much to supporters like me who often feel so disconnected from elected officials.

    May others follow your lead and may you have all of the support you need as you continue to speak up in the name of authentic democracy.

  •  Thank you Senator (none)
    Thank you for your leadership.
    And, thank you for reminding the American people that our leaders must be held accountable.
  •  You have won a legion of followers (4.00)
    Sen. Boxer, with your actions in the last two weeks you have earned yourself a legion of loyal followers. You, and the Democratic Party as a whole, have seen the cult-like following Dr. Dean has earned. In the days that come, the country will soon see that you too have a similar following. As Dr. Dean has slid into the shadows, you are becoming the new star of the 'Democratic Wing' of the Democratic Party.

    Look at the amount of money Dr. Dean was able to raise, look at the number of volunteers he had, the press he won, the legions of Deaniacs.

    Your actions have won yourself an army of followers. Pick your next fight, and we will be there with you.

    •  why do you think (3.75)
      she posted this?  She's well aware of our power, committment, and pocket depth.  She's actively courting exactly the following you mention.

      And I applaud every bit of it.  A politician with heart is a terrible thing to waste.

      "Don't want to be an American idiot..." -- Green Day

      by Black Maned Pensator on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:21:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you Senator (3.75)
    From a Washington State Democrat.  As said above, it folks like you and your brave colleagues in the House that contested Ohio that are keeping me in the party.  Please keep up the good fight.

    A moment of resistance; a lifetime of capitulation.

    by lapin on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:26:22 AM PST

  •  Ivan to Barb: (4.00)
    Run for President. Come on up here to WA in 2006 and help us re-elect Maria Cantwell. Give them hell. Never let up. We have your back. Thank you for your good work.

    "Lash those conservatives and traitors with the pen of gall and wormwood -- let them feel -- no temporising!" -- Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1837

    by Ivan on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:26:33 AM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    Yours is one of the few voices of common sense that we get to hear anymore.  Thank you for standing up for what is right, for giving half of this country a voice.  The service you are providing is invaluable.  Thank YOU.
  •  Thanks, Senator! (4.00)
    ...for trying to lead an actual opposition!  I'm proud to have voted for you!  

    Los Angeles in the house!

    "When people think, Democrats win." - Bill Clinton

    by Todd Beeton on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:27:58 AM PST

  •  Thank you Sen. Boxer (none)
    You deserve all of the praise mentioned here and then some.
  •  In the clearing stands a Boxer... (3.80)
    Although I'm in the newly Red New Mexico, I'm so thrilled that we have a REAL Democrat like you standing and fighting the lies and anti-democratic horrors of the Bush administration. We have just begun to fight! And we need more Democrats to grow a spine and become members of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party. Keep up the courageous fight, Senator. We have your back.

    A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -Adlai Stevenson.

    by barb in albq on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:31:16 AM PST

  •  You're my hero! (none)
    I cannot thank you enough for helping to lead my lifelong, beloved party out of the wilderness and back onto the path to glory.
  •  On to Gonzales! (none)
    Thank you Senator for being our voice.  
  •  Actually, (4.00)
    Thank you for hearing us.  
  •  Dang. (4.00)
    I wish we had a senator like this in New Mexico.

    Alterius non sit qui suus esse poteste. - Paracelsus

    by asterlil on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:33:10 AM PST

  •  Thanks to you, Senator! (none)
    You have made us all proud to be Americans today.

    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who do not have it." - George Bernard Shaw

    by CarbonFiberBoy on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:33:17 AM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    I wish to add mine to all of the voices here who thank you for what you are doing for us. To be able to claim you as my Senator is one of many reasons I want to move back to California!

    The best we can do is to realize nobody can save his own skin alone. We must all hang together. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    by angelama on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:33:54 AM PST

  •  Thank You for giving us a voice (4.00)
    It's empowering to feel we've all made a difference. After so many were wondering if our votes even counted this year, this has been an affirmation of the fact that we can be heard.

    We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. Jessamyn West

    by slackjawedlackey on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:34:34 AM PST

  •  94,000 Condiliar signers - 200,000 for Torture Boy (none)
    Send it and we'll sign it. Thanks! Torture Boy has got to go!
  •  Keep After Mark Dayton to Be the Anti-Bush (none)
    Senator Boxer,

    Please do what you can to encourage Sen. Dayton to run as strongly as he can as the anti-Bush.  His remarks got him a lot of coverage here in Blue State MN and I think it's what he's going to need to win in '06.

    I'm glad to hear that the e-mails and letters are making a difference.  I participated in dozens of them, but I sometimes wonder how effective it all is.  

    Thank you, Senator Boxer, for your efforts against Condi.  She's a bad person and an even worse public servant.  At least now more people know about it.  

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    I was overwhelmed by your reference to one of Dr. King's statements on the Senate floor, as well as your forthrightness in calling a lie a lie. Keep 'em on the ropes!
  •  You all come back now, ya hear! (4.00)
    As others have already written, we so admire and appreciate your willingness to do what is right, regardless of the political ramifications. Please come back and check out DKos anytime you need to feel supported, or reminded of all the people - Californians and non - that you represent.

    It's been a privilege to be of service :)

  •  Dear Senator Boxer (none)
    This Bay Area constituent thanks you for your unflagging courage and extraordinary advocacy, both in connection with the question of Dr. Rice's confirmation and the earlier "Boxer Rebellion" relating to the profound question of voter suppression in the state of Ohio.

    As I said in direct correspondence to you, for your courage and principles in the face of others' fears you have earned both my loyalty and commitment to work on your behalf, any time.  Thank you very much.  

  •  Barbara and Harry [Reid] (none)
    in a tree
    k-i-s-s-i-n-g

    http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2005/0126/p01s02-uspo.html?s=u

    I signed Sen Boxer's petition, but now you betcha I'll send in a donation too.

    I'm psyched at D's playing hardball for a f'ing change!

    And now I dare to hope that the Senate will vote down Al the torturer.  

    thank you Sen Boxer (and when you see my 2 Redmen, Sen Thomas and Enzi, give them both a couple of  whacks upside the head for me please)

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (4.00)
    for confirming our suspicions that bloggers do, indeed, make a difference.  You are a bright ray of hope in an otherwise largely dismal political landscape, and you help demonstrate to the world that America is more than just a bunch of imperialistic, bullying wingnuts with no respect for human rights.

    Appreciate you stopping by.  Am putting this up on my blog, too.

  •  dKos Medal of Honor (4.00)
    For bravery in the face of overwhelming evil.

    Integrity.  Honesty.  Intelligence.  Common sense.  How rare it's gotten.  Thank you so much Senator.  I am proud to have voted for you.  

    "Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by reef the dog on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:38:59 AM PST

  •  Thank YOU Sen. Boxer! (none)
    Thank you for speaking on our behalf and standing up for what is right.

    It's good to know that we still do have a voice in our government.

  •  Can I pretend you're my Senator? (4.00)
    I live in Maryland but I was born in CA and I did live there for the first 6 months of my life. So, can I just pretend you're my Senator? Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes have been rather disappointing lately.  You are so inspiring and everything I want the Democratic party to be. Keep up the fight! We're right there with you!
  •  I am glad you are my Senator (none)
    Things like this make me glad that I live in California. Thanks, Senator Boxer.

    Now we need to start helping Senator Feinstein grow a backbone.

  •  Senator Boxer (none)
    Thank you so much for what you have done.  I am glad you have reached out to the people, and I hope that you can encourage the Democrats in Washington to seek out help from the blogosphere, rather than treat us with such distrust and animosity.

    "When you trade your values for the hope of winning, you end up losing and having no values, so you keep losing." -- Howard Dean, "You Have The Power"

    by Muboshgu on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:39:43 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer... (none)
    You remembered to speak for the people who elected you, and that is so much more than so many are doing. I wish you were my senator too, but I'm clear across the country in one of the other 49 states.

    I was planning to donate to your PAC before, but after seeing this post, I've got my wallet in my hand right now. I won't put it off a minute longer.

    Bless you, and thank you for fighting for all of us.

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer! (4.00)
    Now please put up a tip jar :-)

    Fight the American Taliban

    by pontificator on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:40:07 AM PST

  •  When I first saw you on television (none)
    In 2000 (I think), you were a guest on Bill Maher's late night show and I remember sitting up in bed and thinking, "Who IS this? I really like this person.... she's not afraid to tell it like it is....", and wow, you have certainly proved me right!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you... from a fan in Atlanta.
  •  How cool (4.00)
    For a senator who recieved the largest vote total behind Bush and Kerry to personally come to this site and thank us for our support.  

    Thank you, Barbara, for holding Condoleezza's feet to the fire over her continued and deliberate manipulation of facts.  

  •  Fantastic! Thank you Senator! (none)
    from a new constituent in your state, and a proud one! You have tremendous support for the stand you took. The Senate would be a much paler place without you.

    Your courage and tenacity give so many people HOPE - something to really hang on to.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:43:53 AM PST

  •  No, THANK YOU nt (none)

    Contact any Senator or Congressperson toll-free: 1-800-839-5276

    by Feanor on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:44:25 AM PST

  •  Yes, Thank You (none)
    We here in the Emerald Triangle are also glad you are our senator.  If you need support for more actions like the ones you've been taking lately, please don't be shy about asking.

    This aggression will not stand, man

    by kaleidescope on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:48:28 AM PST

  •  Thank YOU from a Red State (4.00)
    Your eloquence, intelligence, and integrity gave voice to the literally millions of Americans who see nothing but incompetence and deceit in Iraq. My father fought in Vietnam. My sons will never go to Iraq.
  •  Blue in a Red State (4.00)
    I hearby declare that anyone who is - like me - stuck with no Democratic voice representing them in the Senate should start an 'Adopt-a-Senator' program.  Here in Ohio, I'm certainly not going to stop bugging Dewine and Voinovich about things (though I doubt it will do any good), but I'm going to try and be better about sending notes of appreciation, and contributions to PACS (when I have money) of the Senators who are out there doing the real hard work, and trying to take back our country.

    Much, much gratitude to you, Senator Kerry, and the other 11 who voted their conscience.  Much gratitude to the 8 senators on the Judiciary comittee who voted against Gonzales, and here's hoping for a united Democratic voice when his vote comes up in the Senate.

    Bush/Cheney - in your guts, you know they're nuts.

    by Lufah on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:51:28 AM PST

    •  asdf (none)
      I am with you.  I am blue in the red state of Missouri.  Not only are my Senators Repigs - the Mansion & both chambers on the state level are red.  eeeewwwwwwww

      I donated to Boxer & Dayton this past week.

      THANKS SENATOR BOXER!!

      AG

      The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. FDR, 1936 Go fuck yourself. Dick Cheney, 2004

      by aimeeinkc on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:33:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer! (none)
    Thank you for standing up on the voting disenfranchisement in Ohio.  Thank you for bringing the inconsistencies and hypocrisy in Rice's testimony before the American people.  Thank you for the fights you will be fighting in the future.  

    America is LUCKY to have you fighting for her. I am admiring you from afar in North Carolina!

  •  Once again, thank you Senator Boxer (4.00)
    I am from Texas and have two weasels for senators.  I will continue to support you in any way I can.  It did my heart good to see you stand up to Bushco's evil regime.  Thanks so much Senator Boxer!!!!
  •  You are an American hero (4.00)
    and we are grateful.  You have no idea what a surge of pride and hope people are feeling because of you.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I hope the rest of the Democratic caucus keeps growing in courage because of your example.  

    I gave money to your PAC and asked everyone I know to do the same -- thanks for providing that vehicle for change.

    A friend in Maine

    P.S. I met your son at a birthday party this past weekend and told HIM you're a hero, too.  (I have a son myself and am never sure they appreciate moms enough, but he seems to!)

    It is always brave to say what everyone thinks. -George Duhamel

    by Alna Dem on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:54:27 AM PST

  •  Thank YOU Senator (none)
    I have been very delighted to see the stands you have taken lately. And thank you very much for remembering us.
  •  A huge thanks to you and the brave few (4.00)
    for renewing my faith in the Democratic Party. I'm hanging on because we are all we've got, but we must fight back. Your supporters out here in the country want strength, we want a strong voice, we so desperately need someone to speak up for us.

    Democrats won't make a difference by keeping quiet. And those who are in office stand to lose even more by going with the majority's flow. A Republican will still vote Republican, and a Democrat might be so mad at the candidate for selling out that he'll stop voting.

    So thank you once again, not only for speaking up, but for setting an example. I hope that next time more Democrats will see the light and step forward as well.

  •  Let's take them down (none)
    Barbara Boxer, you are not only Califoria's Senator.  You are Senator for all of the 55 million Americans who refuse to believe the lies.

    I still believe that we can take these crooks down before they destroy what small amount of honor our nation still retains.

    Thank you for keeping my hope alive.

  •  We will always have your back (4.00)
    and if any more Senate Democrats wish to act like Democrats in opposition to President Bush, then we will have their backs too.  

    Thank you Senator.  

    When the revolution comes, Republicans will be a good source of protein.

    by Delaware Dem on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 10:56:19 AM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    Thank you, Senator, for standing up, and for being a voice for sanity, justice and accountability in the Senate! You've just won ten million new best friends.
  •  Thank You (none)
    Even though you're not one of my senators, I would like to thank you for your inspiring example of leadership and moral courage.  We, as a country, have spent the last four years in an ever deepening twilight.  I am sincerely glad that you are standing with us as we spend the next four trying like hell to illuminate the darkness.
  •  you've made my day! (none)

    I was down all day yesterday from all the bad
    news. I now have a glimmer of hope after reading this diary.

    thanks very much.
    I'm glad I live in calif.

  •  a true patriot (none)
    Sen. Boxer,

    No, THANK YOU!!!

    You are the voice of the millions of us who feel we are being ignored by those who have taken over our government.

    Just say the word...

  •  Dear Senator Boxer... (4.00)
    I believe I speak for the entire Kos community when I say that you have done a great thing for the United States of America and its territories.

    I believe it's not out of line to suggest that, in return, you should have the honor and distinction of reading selected passages from our #1-recommended weekday diary, Cheers and Jeers, into the Congressional Record.  We have been saving this honor for a truly special occasion, and we feel that the way in which you have energized the Democratic Party deems you worthy.

    We would be happy to accompany you as you read C&J into the record.  But please not the week of February 28 through March 4, as we will be in Key West at that time.  First-class accommodations would be acceptable.  other terms of travel and lodging may be negotiable.

    If you were to further honor us by giving us a flag that has flown over the capital building, we would, I'm sure, be able to come to an agreement, assuming that a C&J quorum can be established and a vote taken before we travel to Washington.

    So, again, thank you.  Caaaaallll meeeee.

  •  And thankyou from the UK! (4.00)
    You have a growing band of fans over here!

    What you do affects the whole world, and a lot of us over here are right with you, whether you are challenging the legitimacy of the vote that elected the president of the US, or the legitimacy of those that determine American foreign policy.

  •  THANK YOU (none)
    Thank you and your office for representing not only your state but your entire country at a time when we need you.  Thank you, Senator Boxer, for doing the work of democracy and representing all of us who simply want answers to basic questions.
  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Barbara Boxer, America's Senator.
  •  Thnak you Senator Boxer (none)
    From the state of Connecticut--for saying what I wish my Senator would say.  
  •  Senator Boxer (4.00)
    for once in my life, i actually believe a Senator might read something i wrote.

    let me personally thank you for your outreach to the daily kos community.  you have gained many people, including mine, upmost respect.  we are a pretty loyal crowd and know that we will have your back and will do whatever is necissary to continue having a strong progressive presence in Congress.  don't be afraid to ask for our help.  we will do what ever we can as engaged citizens to advance our communal goals.

    sincerely,
    one of Rick Santorum's constituents

    disclaimer: i really am from mars

    by juls on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:09:46 AM PST

  •  ( ... a ... tear ... wells ... up) (4.00)
    Senator Boxer-

    Thank you, so much, for taking the time to encourage us. We've got your back.

    Clayton

  •  No, (none)
    Thank You!!!

    For proving once and for all that you can kick ass and look great doing it.

    But seriously, I know I should respond with something thoughtfull and profound, but I guess I am just so unused to our Democratic leaders standing up to the Bush Regime that I am just at a loss for words.  Don't know where to begin...  So I'll just say that I love your style.  

    Keep up the good work!!!

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire

    by poemless on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:11:05 AM PST

  •  Thank YOU (4.00)
    When the two Democratic Senators from Washington let me down, you were there, standing up for honesty and  good government according to the rule of law. Madame Senator, you have become America's Senator, and I salute you.

    I am a former constituent who was proud to vote for you when you were a Congressional Representative. I was proud to vote for you in your first Senate campaign.

    I would be delighted to cast a vote for you to become President, if you ever choose to run.

    Meanwhile, if there is anything this former Marinite, now-Washingtonian can do, please let me know. I joined PAC For A Change when I first heard about it, have donated money, have circulated your calls for petition signatures, and will continue to support you in any way that I can.

    Brava, Lady. Brava.

    They should all be judged soaking wet.

    by Kitsap River on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:12:35 AM PST

  •  Thank You (none)
    It's good to have you as my senator. Keep it up

    "Question Everything"

    by Zomanji on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:12:45 AM PST

  •  Um.... (none)
    Has anyone verified that it really was the Senator who made this post?
  •  Proud of My Senator/ Proud "SF Liberal" (none)
    Starting with Fmr UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick back in 1984, the GOP has been relentless in their efforts to frame the term "San Francisco Liberal" as a slur.  Instead, you showed the world that the title "San Francisco Liberal" is a badge of Honor and that it should be worn proudly.

    Thank you for reclaiming (and reframing) the title for our side.  

  •  YAY Barbara Boxer (none)
    Big chocolate cookie for Barbara Boxer.

    :D

    hip hip horay..

    I feel so hopefull somebody is fighting again. yay...!

    gonna start saving money so I can give...

  •  I wish.... (none)
    I'm in Oklahoma and WISH you were my senator.
    Thanks for posting!
  •  Thank you (4.00)
    For the last four years, too few Democrats have stood up publicly and spoken the truth about the Bush administration. Bush rammed through his tax cuts, the Iraq War, gutted environmental protections, failed to act on energy independence or infrastructure projects, condoned torture, and has done just about everything wrong from day one.

    Yet until the Presidential campaign of 2004, Democrats were silent. Please Senator, let that never happen again.

    We are the opposition party. It is our job to oppose Bush's horrible police and propose our own alternatives. America will swing back towards the Democratic party once they show themselves to be tough and forward-thinking.

    By the way, it's not too early to get started on the Democratic party's own "Contract for America" for 2006. Write up a ten point list of specific agenda items the Dems will pursue, promote it with every candidate across the country, and we WILL take back power.

  •  A REAL Senator (4.00)
    Senator Boxer, as I have said in other places, has made this Californian proud to say the least!

    Senator, I propose that the Blogsphere start using the title "The Boxer Rebellion" as we try to get our other officeholders to standup and be counted when the chips are down and the odds long!

    Let us start a list of officeholders in both Houses who support 'The Boxer Rebellion' as we start an active movement to recruit them to pledge themselves  as part of the active Opposition.

    We will need to start a letter writing, phone-calling campaign...but we can do it and no one else is going to even try in an organized manner. dKos, my small blog and the Blogsphere can get it done.

    Thanks Senator. Even before your staffer Larry made his post I knew it just sounded like you. And damn I'm proud.

    Let 'The Boxer Rebellion' begin....

    'Truth Aggressively Told' Dogfight04

    by BigDog04 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:17:42 AM PST

  •  As a Californian (none)
    I am so proud of you as well as all the others above.  Keep up the good work, the whole country appreciates its.  We will back you and support you and any other seantors and congressmen that stand up to this regime here in the US.
    Suggestion,  do not give the Republicans anything to bitch about as in the link for contributions, let others do that on your behalf, such as the PAC you have.  
    I hate it when they (Rebubs) give you any grief at all for you have been so courageous in doing your job under the difficult circumstances you are faced with.
    Anyway our support is there for you and I hope you will mention the petitions we sign for you every chance you get.  It is important for others in the country to know that we are standing with you and behind you, in this and future issues as they come up.  Hopefully this movement will grow even bigger.  And yes Barbara, keep the letters coming, we love it.

    Can't find a leader, then be one, get ACTIVE http://peopleforchange.blogspot.com/

    by diane101 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:17:45 AM PST

  •  Thank you for thanking us (4.00)
    So often, it seems like our efforts go unnoticed and unheard.  Thank you a thousand times for taking a moment to tell us that you do hear us.  It gives us the strength to keep fighting.

    As so many on dKos have said before, we need to develop a Democratic identity, not just be Repub-lite.  We need to stand for what's good in America.  Thank you for standing up for principle.  Hopefully all other Democratic senators will follow your example.  I plan to write Sarbanes and Mikulski and tell them to!

    We were marching for the children, we were marching for the poor. Now we're marching for self-interest-- we'll march forevermore.

    by andlorr on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:17:47 AM PST

  •  Thank You (none)
    I want to say thank you for your strength and courage. I hope you consider a run at the Presidency . I Live in a very Red state. After viewing the right wing corruption and hypocrisy first hand I  want to be able to be represented by a leader with morals and values for a change.
  •  Thank you Senator... (none)
    You are a true patriot.  I thank you for your efforts, and I urge you to continue to fight for fair elections and voter rights.
  •  Thank you Barbara Boxer (none)
    You are my hero.
  •  Has someone suggested (4.00)
    Ms. Boxer post a tip box? I mean, if she ain't trusted user material, who is?
  •  Thanks For Standing Up (4.00)
    Senator Boxer.  I am so proud to have voted for you for Senate in 1992, 1998 and 2004.  

    It is a true shame that standing up for fundamental principles of decency, fairness, accountability and the rule of law is a characteristic in such short supply in D.C., but we are all tremendously appreciative of your efforts in leading that minority of real patriots and giving us hope for the future.

    CADem
    Redwood City, CA

  •  Thank you so much (none)
    Senator Boxer. We need more fine examples of leadership. I hope others can learn from you.
  •  Thank you so very very much (4.00)
    I live in Missouri, and I of course had heard of you, but I never really saw you "in action" until recently.  You are tremendous! And honest and direct, and well spoken.

    You are very much appreciated and have the support of a LOT of people out here.  Thank you again.

    Westley: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." Vizzini: "Wait till I get going!"

    by Revel on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:20:21 AM PST

  •  Keep up the good work (none)
    Keep up the good work Barbra.

    TeaTime

  •  It is such a relief (none)
    to know you were taking on the Bushistas in the Senate.

    Now, if you could help Mr. Salazar, Colorado's new kid on the block, find some stones, it would be appreciated; ethics should override ethnicity, and Salazar embarassed me, and all of Colorado, in having the introduction of Gonzales to the senate as his major senate action.  Can you explain things to him, please?

    Whichever way your pleasure tends, if you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind -- R. Hunter

    by Frankenoid on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:21:28 AM PST

  •  Run For Prez in '08 (none)
    Pretty please...

    Bush will be impeached.

    by jgkojak on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:22:33 AM PST

  •  You are amazing. (4.00)
    You have galvanized the spirit, energy, strength of legions.

    You have led by example.

    You have never backed down.

    Your name has become synonymous with truth.

    And as you can see by the sheer numbers of responses, we are with you, Senator, all the way.

    Thank you.

  •  You Are Fantastic (none)
    Thank you so much for standing up and demanding answers and speaking the truth!  I feel like I've been wandering in the wilderness -- waiting for the Democrats on the Hill to start acting like they stand for something.  Now, can you talk to Harry Reid about enforcing some party discipline on our errant Senator from Connecticut?  The Democratic vote against Gonzales needs to be straight party line - NO Democrat should be tainted by voting for a pro-torture candidate.
  •  Thank you so much, Senator Boxer . . . (4.00)
    You have amazed me over the last several weeks.  

    First, for your unmatched courage to stand up and question the Ohio election results.

    Second, for your articulate, accurate, and unflinching questioning of Condi Rice during the SoS hearings.

    Third, for your common sense in comming here to DailyKos to communicate with this community directly.  You are apparently one of the few smart enough to recognize that forums such as this will play a huge part in the political future of our nation.  Congratulations for having the foresight to see that and to start a direct dialog.  You will have this community at your beck and call to provide you with a scope of honest research and opinion that would not have been heretofore possible.

    You have my complete admiration.  You are one gutsy woman.

  •  Sen. Boxer, thanks and keep up the good fight (none)
    We've got your back.

    Your exchange with Dr. Rice was great.  How she can accuse you of impugning her integrity when she, well, has none, was baffling.  It's too bad that more Senators didn't vote against her.  It bothers me that this administration sees no problem with rewarding incompetence.  

    I've got writer's block

    by LionelEHutz on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:24:42 AM PST

  •  HURRAH! (4.00)
    On the day you signed the challenge, I posted a diary here stating that I was going to bring flowers and a letter of thanks to your DC office and inviting others to sign the letter.  In the space of 3 hours over 80 people emailed me wanting to sign on.  And I got several dozen more emails over the next couple of days.

    It means so much to us that people like you are finally starting to speak up.

    Also, your staff rocks.  The poor young women answering the phones on that day looked as though they'd been through the wringer.  Yet they found smiles and courtesies for me when I walked in.  Give them our regards, too.

    How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

    by furryjester on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:25:38 AM PST

  •  Thank YOU, Senator Boxer (4.00)
    Your presence confirms our hopes that we here at dKos aren't alone, or crazy, but that us and others like us are the true voice of U.S. democracy... and that we will prevail and take this country back from the dangerous thugs who have hi-jacked it.  
  •  Thank you... (none)
    ...for demonstrating that Democrats don't have to win a vote to win a battle. This is the first step towards proving that we don't need to win an election to win a war.

    Your courage is admirable, and bold leadership is desperately needed by this Party, which wants to win so badly that it too often refuses to show up for "away games." I like your style, and I'll support your initiatives in the future.

    - V.

    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anaïs Nin

    by Valentine on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:28:17 AM PST

  •  Dear Senator boxer (none)
    Thank you for your servie to America. As a Californian, and a woan, you do all of us proud. Keep the pressure on the Administration.

    Thank  you.

    "My case is alter'd, I must work for my living." Moll Cut-Purse, The Roaring Girl - 1612, England's First Actress

    by theRoaringGirl on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:28:25 AM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    I just wanted to add my thanks as well.  I moved to California from New York eight years ago, and I am delighted and proud to be represented by you.

    You make me (and all of us, I think) proud to be Democrats, because you show us that some Democrats will still stand up for what is right, and against what is so blatantly wrong.  

    Thank you again.

    Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they are condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. -Tom Robbins

    by KB on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:29:59 AM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    You made me proud to call myself a Democrat!

    Being from Illinois, I hope you take Senator Obama under your wing and show him how to stand up and be proud to offer opposition to the Repubs.

    Thanks again!

    The New Deal is dead. We're getting the Raw Deal, instead.

    by Ghidra99 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:30:12 AM PST

  •  Ms. Boxer (none)
    Thank You for being a true patriot!  I am so proud to live in a country that can produce someone like you.  You give me hope and inspiration - short commodities in these troubled times.  Please continue to reach as high and as far as you can.  We, your fellow citizens are here and ready.

    I am a good American and I support the Troops. My car bumper says so!

    by RichM on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:32:14 AM PST

  •  Ahh, this is what Democracy looks like! (4.00)
    Senator Boxer,

    Thank you for representing us. Thank you for taking a stand, repeatedly, when it truly matters.

    As a native Californian, now transplanted to a red state, I must tell you that you give me a great deal of hope in these troubled times.  

    Call on us anytime. We are here, we are willing, we are wanting, and we are eager to help in any way we can.

    I applaud you!

    Permit us to question-to doubt, that's all-not to be sure. Richard Feynman

    by cosmic debris on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:35:30 AM PST

  •  Thank you... (none)
    Even though I'm not technically your constituent, I really feel like you're my senator -- the person I can count on to represent me in the US Congress.  Thank you so much for refusing to be cowed by conventional political wisdom and for standing up on behalf of all of us.  You can certainly count on my support in the future.
  •  I had tears in my (none)
    eyes hearing you speak on the floor the other day.  Thank you so much.  You've given me hope that our government will one day again work as it was designed.

    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. -Orwell

    by TracieLynn on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:37:15 AM PST

  •  You're Welcome. Now, a hard question. (4.00)
    How can we help you light a fire under the rest of the United States Senate?

    13 votes against a Secretary of State may be the most against an appointee to the position since 1825, and we can be proud of that. But what do you see as the benefit of the many votes of your fellow Democratic Senators in support of Ms. Rice's confirmation? You obviously are in the same frame of mind as many here at dKos, but why aren't we connecting with the majority of the Democrats in the Senate? Are the other Senators missing the boat, or is there a greater purpose to their support of Ms. Rice?

    I propose that you consider holding "Town Hall" type forums here on a regular basis. If not bi-monthly, monthly, at a minimum. Post diaries and receive feedback. If you cannot comment directly to threads within those diaries, post a follow-up diary that reflects upon the discussion and that provides feedback resulting in direct action from those of us here at dKos who are interested in supporting you and your initiatives.

    What I hope for, beyond direct support for you and your initiatives, would be for you to act as a medium between us and the rest of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate. If that is not possible or practical, perhaps you can convince some of your colleagues to venture in on their own.

    The goal of such an interaction? Reform. And reform needs two-way communication with interaction. It needs to go beyond signing petitions and sending emails. It needs the give and take of ideas and understanding in order to form a cohesive yet diverse collective of supporters.

    So, once again, thank you for your actions, you are welcome for the support, and I look forward to working with you to effect some real change in both the Democratic Party and the United States of America.

  •  You have restored my faith in our country's (4.00)
    political process. I now have a glimmer of hope.

    When you stood up and challenged the Ohio vote, you blew me away. I believe that brave action inspired other Senators to start speaking their mind. I hope Rice's ears are still burning after the grilling you gave her. I was also proud of my MN Senator Dayton's lambasting speech against the lies of Rice.

    Keep calling out their bullshit. I plan to vote for you in 2008 for President. You da Maam!

    And triple thanks for showing up here. I can't believe I'm commenting to you on this thread. Someone out there is actually listening!

  •  No, no, I insist (none)
    I'd like to take the opportunity to thank YOU, Senator Boxer, for your energy and leadership in the Senate and in the Democratic Party as a whole.  Yours has become the strong voice of opposition that we need so much right now in Washington.  I am tremendously proud to be able to say that I voted for you this November.

    THANK YOU!

    "Our struggle is not with some monarch named George who inherited the crown. Although it often seems that way."

    by erinya on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:40:16 AM PST

  •  My OH senators wouldn't help- you did (none)
    I was one of those volunteer election challengers/monitors trying to get people through the polls in Columbus on November 2, rushing out into the pouring rain to try and keep the voters on line, then watching them drive away when they couldn't wait any longer. My senators have done nothing to address this awful situation, either through funding or new legislation. Your support of Stephanie Tubbs Jones and her efforts to get this injustice heard by the nation gave me and countless others the resolve to continue to be engaged in the local political process, despite what happened. PLEASE keep trying to encourage other dems to be the OPPOSITION PARTY.  You are talking for a lot more people than just your own state now.
  •  This is the sort of thing... (none)
    ...that reminds me why I love this country so much.

    Thank you, Senator, for upholding the ideals of our Republic.

    "But why'd I have the bowl Bart? Why did I have the bowl?"

    by Mean Green on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:45:27 AM PST

  •  I'm very grateful (none)
    ...to you for standing tall and speaking the outrageous truth to our theocratic junta.  You can't know what it means to millions of us to see and hear you do it.  You are giving us heart, and hope; a reason to continue the fight ourselves.  We won't forget your courage in standing up for not just Democrats, but everyone who still believes in our tottering democracy.  Know that no matter how dirty they play, we've got your back.  You're certainly showing that you've got ours.

    I live in Texas, but you're my senator too.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  •  Thank you from Germany (none)
    I am an Ohioan living overseas in Germany.  Thank you so much for standing up with my hero's Rep. Stephanie Tubb-Jones, John Conyers and Maxine Waters and give a voice for the thousands of Ohioans (and other Americans) who did not get to speak on November 2nd.  I am so thankful that you didn't stop there but continued the fight during the Rice hearings. You will forever be in my heart.  
  •  Dear Sen Boxer (none)
    If you ever get the chance, ask President Bush for me: "Mr President, what will it take to change your view?  How many, and which nations will have to line up against you to change your view?"   I'd really like to know.  Thank you for your courage.

    Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves? Yevgeny Yevtushenko

    by peterborocanuck on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:50:23 AM PST

  •  I'm here to offer (none)
    a couple bucks for throat lozenges.

    Here's looking forward to a record breaking filibuster to prevent the appointment of Gonzoles to be Attorney General.

    Armando?  Wanna pitch in?

    The Oval Office: Because there are no corners, there is nowhere to make the President sit when he has shamed the nation.

    by BooMan23 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:51:03 AM PST

  •  From the bottom of my heart (4.00)
    and the depths of my soul, Sen. Boxer you are one cool lady! I am so proud you are my Senator and am willing to back you up all the way. I sent NBC a email this morning questioning the biased slant they presented last evening on the Nightly News stating that the reason you did what you did with the petetion was for donations to your Pac. How outrageous. We finally have a fabulous representative to stand up for her constituents and of course she was slammed for doing that. How pathetic.

    Senator Boxer, we desperately need you. Things may get ugly but we have your back with out a doubt!

    Kos/Armando this needs to get out to the media pronto, IMHO! I am so proud to be a very small part of this community. Keep the fire burning!

    The more understanding one posesses, the less there is to say and the more there is to do.

    by Alohaleezy on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:56:20 AM PST

  •  "Bread and Roses" for You (none)
    Thank you, Senator Boxer, for being true to your progressive feminist 'roots.

    (A vanishing breed, if I do say so).

    You deserve at the very least...a Backbone Campaign award.

    However, I can send a Bread and Roses Happy Belated Roe v Wade Anniversary bouquet to you.

    So relax for a few minutes, grab some Puffs Plus (TM), kick back in your chair, and crank up your speakers.

    Enjoy, and try not to let the misogynistic bas-tuuhds get you down (you're more intelligent than that)!

    We're too damned old for this stuff.  <sigh>

    Please continue w/the good fight, Barbara--we really appreciate it!

    Yours in feminism,

    Mainefem

  •  Thank you! (none)
    Senator Boxer,  

    Thank you so very much!!  We all love you!

    Not only are you courageous and patriotic, you understand the Web and are cool and hip! :)

    I was born and raised in California, and you are a big reason I am trying to go back.  I currently live in red state Colorado.  My new so-called Democratic Senator (Salazar) could use some talking to if you have a chance.

  •  So this is what it's like... (none)
    to have a Senator that listens to you, instead of the corporations and lobbyists.

    Thank you, Senator Boxer.

  •  Wish you were (none)
    my Senator.  Thank you.
  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    While you have always stood on principle, it's nice to see you taking to heart the most important we learned from the last two elections: that we'll never win if we don't stand for something. It truly was a great clotheless emperor moment.

    For Dubya, REFORM=DESTROY, and FREEDOM=CORPORATE COLONIALISM

    by Doug in SF on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:07:03 PM PST

  •  I have got to get me a gig in California... (none)
    ...so that I can have a Senator like Barbara Boxer.

    Thank you, Senator. In the best tradition of progressive Senators like LaFollette, Norris, Church, Simon, and Wellstone, you have stood up for the truth.

    WF

    Walk In Brain - the finest blogging in my apartment building.

    by Wes F on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:07:45 PM PST

  •  Thanks so much, Senator Boxer (none)
    For asking questions that need to be asked, saying things that need to be said, and being so persistent and so tough in representing all of us.

    Thanks again from one of your many very happy constituents.  We're with you all the way.

  •  Wow! Responsiveness from a Politician! (none)
    I tried to send my Senators (Landrieu and Vitter from Louisiana) an email regarding an issue just two days ago via the Congress.org site.

    Landrieu accepts email, and her office responds to messages received (usually by postal letter, but that is fine by me).

    Vitter (our newly elected senator - ugh!) apparently only accepts postal mail.

    Thank you, Senator Boxer, for being responsive -- not just to the people of California, but to Democrats across the US.

  •  Sen. Boxer ... You Rock! (none)
    I am so proud of Sen. Boxer, one of my own senators (I'm from Hollywood) I can hardly find the words for my appreciation.

    Sen. Boxer, can you see if you can get booked on "The O'Reilly Factor"? I am just dying to see you "impugn" his "integrity."

    Ask him about his combat experience!

    •  Thank You (none)
      The election was disappointing on many levels, but it helps tremendously to know there are people such as yourself fighting for our country's integrity.  You are inspiration, not only to women everywhere, but to all.

      There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

      by SairaLV on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:18:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you from the bottom of my heart (none)
    You are a true patriot Senator Boxer. Thank you for standing firm for us and all American's of conscience.

    I am so proud and will do whatever it takes to help you continue to speak truth to power.

    Peace.

    Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

    by spiderleaf on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:12:02 PM PST

  •  Thank you from Indiana! (none)
    Thank you for being a coherent voice against the hypocrisy and blatent lies of this administration! Thank you for taking a strong stand for our convictions!  

    You have given me back the hope I had lost in Novemeber.  

    "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by JenDem on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:14:05 PM PST

  •  hey good job (none)
    Thanks for the effort. The next step should be to get in a position where if we don't like a candidate that the president chooses, that person doesn't get confirmed. When need more senators like you, kerry, and byrd.

    "Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know. Stomp, push up, mush, fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home..."-Eminem

    by desiunion on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:15:10 PM PST

  •  Thank YOU, Senator! (none)
    From another proud Californian!

    Hello...! We have to pay to withdraw our own money from the bank! Are you really surprised by all this...?

    by Dmitri in San Diego on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:15:46 PM PST

  •  Thank you!!! (none)
    Long time Oakland resident (now in Spokane)

    Thank you so much!!!  Our family have watched
    entire hearings (Rice & Gonzales) on C-SPAN
    (thanks C-SPAN!!!), literally glued to the
    proceedings.   I cannot express my gratitude for
    your courage, and very well chosen words documenting your reasons for opposition.

    God Bless you, Barbara Boxer!!!

    And thanks for doing the same thing about Ohio, and FERC/Enron, and WMD lies, and...

    Very Grateful ex-constituent:
    Jim McKay

  •  Thank you, Sen. Boxer (none)
    for a true Boxer Rebellion!
  •  Clearly, now we know (none)
    that the answer to the recurrent political question of "boxers or briefs?" is most decidely:

    BOXER!

    Thank you, Senator B.

  •  Thanks from an ex-Californian! (none)
    You've been truly a breath of fresh air and I for one appreciate your willingness to stand and be counted. Keep on keepin' on!
  •  My two cents from California (3.80)
    Senator,

    I couldn't be more proud for a vote of mine to have gone to someone so courageous as you.  I have spent most of my short life believing that all politicians were out for themselves and had no idea what 'representative' government really means.  With your strength, bravery, and steadfast will to out the lies and abuses of this mis-administration, you have emboldened and energized so many of us who were a step away from writing this whole thing off as a sick joke.  So from the depths of my soul, I offer you every bit of gratitude I can muster.

    Now, I have two humble requests as well.

    First, as someone else mentioned, please stay the course no matter what pressures or threats you receive from the cowards out there.  We all understand how scary it probably is for you to stand alone out there and you are certainly a target now for the extremists on the right, but just remember that not only the people here at dailyKos, but all of the Democratic constituency of this once, and future, great country have 'got your back'.  We will support you in spirit, voice, heart, and monetarily as long as you maintain this stand against our tyrannical leaders.  We all understand as well that politics is sometimes a very convoluted game so it makes it difficult to stand for every single point you may wish to stand for.  However, as long as you stay true to your spirit, as you have evidenced so well these past few weeks, we will be there for you.  I only make this request because it would hurt all of us so deeply were you to ever cave in, so just realize the power you hold in your hands - the hope of millions of Americans as their only true voice, ringing the truth throughout the halls of Congress.

    The second request is for you to encourage your fellow senators, and congresspeople, to realize that playing the 'game' of politics is a mistake at this point in time, as you and a few others seem to have realized.  We really have nothing to lose at this point and must take the fight to those that would see this country taken over by a group of people with no concept of reality.  The Democratic representatives and senators really have a moral responsibility to fight against the evils of this administration and those in the Republican party who are willing to bargain away any credibility they have ever had to support them.  The main point I would suggest bringing to those peers of yours is that, in this case, it is such an easy task.  Democrats don't need to exaggerate anything or slant/spin stories to our point of view because the last four years have been so full of lies, propaganda, and mistakes that all any honest person has to do is show a clip from one press conference and then show another from 2 months later.  It is just so easy to find the boundary between right and wrong when it comes to these people and those who would stand with them, like the soulless cowards Feinstein and Lieberman.  Let them know that we ARE watching and we will be removing them from office if they don't do their jobs by following your example of courageous leadership.

    Once again, thank you...despite being a senator I am proud to be able to have voted for, I think you truly are America's senator and all of us here, and all whom I talk to in everyday life, are so very proud of you and will always be out here cheering you on!

    Do good things :)

    ''They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

    by I Want My American Pride Back on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:24:36 PM PST

  •  A Proud Supporter (none)
    I am a loyal constituent who called your San Francisco office a few weeks back to thank you for your stance in the Ohio recount.  Am glad to be able to thank you in this forum as well.

    I would like to get a phrase into public discourse, and am hoping this is a good way to bring it to your attention.  It applies to Bush's Social Security Dilution plan and aptly describes his previous Iraq War marketing effort.

    'Whenever Bush says SOS, I am reminded of a Snake Oil Salesman.'

  •  My ten-month-old son and I thank you! (none)
    For demonstrating that politics is not bereft of feeling, that feeling with action manifests change, and that enough people united against tyranny can be heard - and eventually will succeed.  You are a true leader - and you give me hope for the country my child will grow up in.

    Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you.

    Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it. -- Thomas Paine

    by The New Politeness on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:25:27 PM PST

  •  Woman of the Year (none)
    I feel very privileged, as a California, to be represented by a Senator as principled and courageous as you are.

    Thank you for standing up for me... for us... but most importantly, for what's right.

    It's only January 27th, but I feel confident in calling you "Woman of the Year".  You'd be a hard act to beat, and I suspect that you're just warming up.

    We here at the Daily Kos have got your back. And we in California will work especially hard to help you in whatever ways we can.

    You are a class act.

    I went back to Ohio... and my country was gone.

    by Malacandra on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:26:22 PM PST

  •  Even We California Greens (3.50)
    Have to give it up for the job you're doing.  Thank you!
  •  Thank you for making (none)
    an honest woman out of me.  Before the election, I recklessly predicted that if Bush won every one of his nominations, legislative initiatives and policy decisions would be strongly challenged by the Democrats in the House and Senate.
    Now, if we can just get a few more Republicans to see that this government has been hijacked by a bunch of predators, we can take our country back.
  •  Thank YOU Senator Boxer (none)
    We've got your back.

    Sincerely, the 40,000 Kos members, the 1,000,000 Kos readers, and the 50,000,000+ counted and uncounted Kerry voters.

    (Note to Senator Murray of WA - Be more like Senator Boxer!)

    Reality - Humanity - Sustainability

    by Em on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:29:17 PM PST

  •  Patty Murray nothing like Barbara Boxer (3.50)
    I sent an e-mail yesterday to Patty Murray and expressed how dissapointed I was in her lack of courage by not standing by Barbara Boxer.

    I am in awe of Barbara Boxer - at a time where the political masses in Washington, D.C. very much resemble oatmeal - all lumpy, cold and unmoveable --

    Barbara Boxer is the one shining beacon and the  one hope that our voices will be heard.

    God bless you and thank you.

    SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

    by sara seattle on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:29:33 PM PST

  •  Great Job!!! (none)
    And what's with your collegues not fighting with you??!!  Since when do we grant a free pass for such monumental lying, murdering, and looting in our name?  

    ".....impugne her integrety?..."  And where exactly is it that Condi-Sleezy exhibited ANY integrity?

    And now on to "Torture Boy" Gonzalez.  What has come of our country that we are even debating the merits of installing these thugs?!!!

  •  On a day I was feeling demoralized (4.00)
    ...having read about or watched:

    PBS' capitualation to the right wing gay-haters

    President Dork's incredibly arrogant comments to the reporter who dared question him about a past failure, and his usual insensitive remarks about the reporter being like an "elder" - "forgetful"

    an article in the Boston Globe, in which a columnist referred to your questioning of Mondosleazza as a "partisan attack" and characterized it as "mean"

    this indeed brings a smile to my face. I am proud to know that there is a Senator who recognizes the lies, the arrogance, and the danger of this administration - and forthrightly says so. In a sea of lies, we are so parched for some truth.

    You and the other Democrats who stood up to the juggernaut of lies are the ones who deserve our greatest thanks. You may be the ones who are someday credited with saving our Republic. You have my heartfelt gratitude. Please, please continue to fight.

    Hostage smiles on presidents, freedom scribbled in the subway. It's like night and day. - Joni Mitchell

    by jazzlover on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:33:50 PM PST

  •   Lead the way! (none)
    Thanks for speaking out here, there, and (hopefully) everywhere! You're a champion.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."--Gandhi

    by H Mac on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:34:32 PM PST

  •  No. Thank _you_! (none)
    Dear Sen. Boxer,

    You are my hero.

    Sincerely,
    Julie Ide

    What now? When you figure it out, please tell me.

    by JulieIde on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:39:55 PM PST

  •  So, I feel stupid (4.00)
    I saw this diary and thought at first it was
    "Thank you Barbara Boxer"

    Then later realised it was actually "Thank you" from Barbara Boxer.

    It's pretty hard to imagine that you would come here and do this, and honestly, i am left shocked, surprised, overwhelmed and immensely grateful.

    THANK YOU !

    Whatever "it" is, you get it.
    I think "it" is the realization that we are right and they are wrong, and that we dont have to run from our beliefs everytime a GoOPer tries to bully us.

    Finally, you were brave enough to draw a line in the sand and say, enough is enough. I am most thrilled about that.

    Keep doing what you're doing, and tell the rest of your colleagues to pop on over to the blogosphere a little too. Tell Harry Reid he is on the right track with the war room, but tell him to think bigger.
    Tell the other 43 Senators to vote NO on gonzales, and put a little sticky note on Joe Liebermans door that simply says "SYFPH"

    Once again, Thanks!

    I am a Reform Democrat

    by Pounder on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:41:51 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (none)
    You are an inspiration to all of us on the side of reason and common sense.  Your integrity and courage is very much appreciated.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  •  "IN THE CLEARING STANDS A BOXER.... (4.00)
    and a fighter by her name..."

    Thank God someone is in the ring...fighting the good fight.
    Thanks for your profound courage in the face of so much testorone.

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer! (none)
    We desperately need more Democrats like you.  Please tell your colleagues that we need to stand together and fight!  We will support you if you do!
    Potone
  •  YAY!!! (none)
    Senator Boxer, you are a rock star around here.
    Thank you so much for taking the fight straight to these lying, crooked Republicans.
  •  I voted for you (none)
    And thrilled to see you here

    thanks from Pacific Heights

    •  Another Thank you from Pacific Heights (none)
      As many others have already said, you're the first person I can honestly say I am proud to have represent me.  Thank you.

      "We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals -- and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship." - Grover Norquist

      by yatdave on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:49:07 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And thank you from lower-rent Bernal Heights! n/t (none)

        Yesterday we stood at the abyss; today we are taking a step forward.

        by peeder on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:29:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Where, I might add... (none)
          My neighbor Valerie used to do your hair at Maiden Lane. She is now getting a PhD in neuropsychology! (While she is studying, she does my hair now in trade for petsitting. I can see why you went to her.  She's a touch smart to do hair the rest of her life though.)

          Yesterday we stood at the abyss; today we are taking a step forward.

          by peeder on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:39:11 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  You made the diff! (none)
    Thanks for sticking with us barbara!

    "I will never accept an analysis that says a leader who stands for equality and fairness and who has the courage of his convictions is doing the wrong thing."

    by CrazyDem on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:51:58 PM PST

  •  Thanks from PA (4.00)
    And please see if you could do something about my Senators?
    Sen. Santorum is beyond hope- I'd ask you to Sumnerize Santorum on the floor, but the man clearly has some serious sexual identity issues and being beaten up by a lady might push him off the deep end.
    But Sen. Specter is a shonda, can you see if you could shame him a little please?
    Thanks again from PA!

    Might and Right are always fighting In our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning. Might can hardly keep from grinning. -Clarence D

    by Myrkury on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:53:20 PM PST

  •  Many many thanks... (none)
    We are all grateful for you taking the stands you have taken so far this session.  I hope you can encourage others to fight instead of rolling over.  The stakes are too high to not stand for what we believe in.
  •  Thank you (none)
    ...for giving us and so many others a voice.  We needed to hear it, and we need it to continue.  

    "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." ~Roger Baldwin

    by spyral on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:57:17 PM PST

  •  BOXER FOR PRESIDENT! (none)
    Where can I get a sticker for my car?  A sign for my yard?  Even if you're not running this is a great way to show support for your courage, and you've already done essential work for ALL AMERICANS.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your courageous stands in January.  You are standing up for America's values.  First, the stand to protect our right to vote.  Second, your stand against Rice and her bosses' Iraq catastrophe.  

    NOW, how about a 3-fer:

    NO TO TORTURE, NO ON GONZALES!!!!

  •  Yet another thank you. (none)
    You and your tireless voice are immensely appreciated.  
  •  Please adopt New Mexico (none)
    I know, I know, Arizona is in the way, but we love you here!

    Keep up the good fight!

  •  Thank You Sen. Boxer (none)
    You are a shining example of what it means to be a patriot.
  •  Thank you (none)
    Thank you, Sen. Boxer. It was an honor and a pleasure to have the chance to speak with you personally. And thank you once again for fighting for the ideals which we hold dear.
  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    from Texas--where we're desperately in need of leadership like yours.

    For the good of the country, it has to become fashionable to think, again.

    by DyspepTex on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:04:24 PM PST

  •  A beacon of light.... (4.00)
    ...in an incredibly dark world.  This is hope for not just Progressive America, but ALL of America!

    This is how I view your efforts, Senator Boxer.

    Thank you for all you have, and have yet to, accomplish.

    It is in the "Subtle Rebellion" - small but consequential forced changes to the status quo - that mountains are moved....

    by sp0t on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:07:06 PM PST

  •  I wish you were my Senator (4.00)
    I am Democrat in Texas.

    A Shiite under Saddam Hussein had better representation.

    I am proud of you.

  •  Thanks from New York City!!! (none)
    I'll thank you in words, and I also thanked you by giving money to PAC For A Change.
  •  So glad you're my senator and a fellow Marin-ite! (none)
    And a hero to the entire country.  You are a perfect example of what I tell my girls and nieces - that they are strong, powerful women and can do anything!

    You were so eloquent and forthright.  It was a joy to watch you on CSPAN as you fought for all Americans with the Ohio electoral  debate, Foreign Relations cmte hearings and yesterday's floor debate.

    I've also sent emails to your senate site thanking you.

    In the words of Jon Stewart..."Rock Solid!"

  •  Thank you for The integrity, backbone (none)
    and giving us hope here and in all America that freedom vs fear is still important to speak the truth! I honor you!
  •  Barbara - watcha doin in 2008? ;) you rock (none)
    I am so proud to have you out there for my party. I wish you were my senator
  •  Thank you, Senator. (none)
    I appreciate you standing up for us in contesting the Ohio vote, the Rice confirmation, and all future endeavors. Thank you very much. You restore my hope in America.
  •  Boxer in '08! (none)
    You make me proud to be a Californian.

    God damn my liver when it's thirsty, God damn my wallet when it's dry

    by nokona13 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:14:24 PM PST

  •  Good for you, Senator, BUT (none)
    it really should not be so hard to convince other Senators from the opposition party to behave like opposition-party members, should it?  It should not be so hard to convince Senators of any party that an incompetent dissimulator like Rice should not be promoted to Secretary of State of this republic, should it?  It should not require citizens all across the country to organize, to scream until we're finally heard by the Senate--though I'm glad as heck that the grass-roots opposition did stand firm on this, did get organized, did have sites like DailyKos to make possible what should have been unnecessary.

    As for your own efforts in the hearings, I'll simply quote what James Wolcott said rather well on the 23rd: Why is Barbara Boxer out there all alone asking the tough questions about Condi Rice's snail trail of deceit and fearmongering? She has the audacity to act as if the Senate actually has some traditional advise-and-consent role to play and for her pains is caricatured as a shrieking harridan on Saturday Night Live and a witch on talk radio. Boxer was terrific today on CNN, refusing to back down and reiterating her questions and objections regarding Rice with emphatic clarity while Sen Lugar mumble-mumbled some pathetic excuse-making about how Rice didn't deliberately mislead the country re Iraq's WMDs, she just did the best she could under the circumstances. Look, Biden and the rest of you Democratic punk-asses--get behind Boxer or get lost. She shouldn't be up there on the parapet alone, not with this wrecking crew trying to gear us up for war on Iran.

  •  This Californian... (none)
    ...thanks you from the bottom of his heart. You have inspired the entire dKos community.

    And, though this is completely irrelevant, I feel compelled to write it anyway: you are a fox! :-)

    YOU MAKE US PROUD!

    Ralph to my enemies, Mr. Snart to my friends. (Wait... Do I have that backwards?)

    by mrsnart on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:15:01 PM PST

  •  Your courage and integrity... (none)
    are much appreciated, especially in a governmental body which has very little of either.
  •  a voice in the choir singing harmony (none)
    to the Senator's lovely melody!

    Another SoCal native transplanted to the Bay adding my thanks and gratitude to one tough broad.

    And thanks, also, to Larry for the clarification and contact and to the rest of the Senator's staff for supporting her AND us!

  •  What you have done... (none)
    ...by taking one single stand, by planting one single flag in the dirt for truth and reason, has made me feel infinitely safer and more optimistic about the future than any single political act since September 11, 2001.

    Strike that.  Yours was not a political act at all.  It was an act of leadership.

    You have this Angeleno's vote for as long as you care to honor us with your service.  Keep fighting for our values!!!

  •  Thank you (none)
    Adding to the thanks from everyone else.  Plus a little $$$ for your PAC.
  •  Thankyou, Senator Boxer (none)
    We look forward to fighting alongside you in the future.
  •  Boxer - Durbin 08 (none)
    Two people with guts, moxy, class and brains.

    What is essential is invisible.

    by bebimbob on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:24:31 PM PST

  •  Overwhelming Pride (none)
    I have never been prouder to vote anyone into office!

    I printed out that transcript and read it over and over to different people.

    Thank you for being the Senator that wasn't afraid to voice concern, who wasn't afraid to stand up against hypocrisy.  

    In history I hope people can look back and see that there was outrage from the people and it was loud enough to reach the Senate.

    THANK YOU!

  •  Thanks and keep it going (none)
    Over 15 years ago (I think it was) one of my clients held a fund raiser for one of your early campaigns. He asked me to do the invitation pro bono and I did...thinking oh mannn, scammed again. Well I was not scammed. I learned soon enough that you were a Democrat I could count on. I have been heartened this last year as you have come to the forefront in standing up for reason, truth and Democratic values. Thank you and please keep it going.
  •  Dear senator Please run for governor (none)
    I will create a web site for you spending my own money.

    in the mean time Please visit

    http://www.electgore2008.com

    chairman

  •  Senator Boxer... (4.00)
    First, I want to say that you are a woman of integrity and conscience, and my only wish is that the entire Senate was filled with true civil servants such as yourself.

    Since I have your ear (or eye, as it may be) with this thread, I wanted to just express my concern that, despite the fact that the election is over, there is still much work to be done.

    After dealing with Rice and Gonzales, I feel that election reform needs to be the #1 issue, with constant pressure both from within the Senate and from us out here to force Congress to address the tragedies that took place on Nov. 2.

    I humbly offer a compilation of election analysis and incident reporting that members of DailyKos contributed to and put together.  It can be found here,and is the Informed Citizen's Guide To the 2004 Election.  Some ideas on election reform from the community can be found here.

    You have demonstrated great courage and strength, and I hope you continue to do so as we fight for the clean and fair elections we are all entitled to.

    If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

    by Georgia Logothetis on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:33:35 PM PST

    •  Yes please read Georgia's dossier! (none)
      I am so worried the election concerns will die a death now that the inauguration is over, and it is now that the work really needs to start, because now, no-one can accuse us of wanting to overthrow the election, and maybe we can even get bipartisan support.

      The world needs America to be a truly democratic country.

  •  Talk to my Senators (none)
    Senator Boxer, from a nice blue town in a nice blue state (Bangor, Maine), I thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for what we Dems believe in.  Please do me a favor and have a chat with my Red Senators - they're nice ladies, but don't seem to be able to escape the grip of the Bushies very often.  Let them know that we don't take very kindly to torture here in Maine and would appreciate them saying no to Gonzalez.  I've already written them, but a word from a colleague surely might not hurt!
    •  And a second to that (none)
      from Hancock County, just down the road from Bangor.

      I think Olympia's heart is in the right place, that she just needs a little courage infusion. Susan, I dunno. I have written to them, as well, pointing out that torture is not a family value. Perhaps you can get them to line up for truth, justice, and the American way.

      Thank you, Barbie Boxer, for showing us courage and class. And my Marin relatives thank you, too.

      There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

      by Mnemosyne on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:20:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dear Senator (none)
    I profoundly appreciate what you and Rep. Jones did for all of us, for our children, and for our grandchildren.

    Although I do not live in California, I already wrote your office and asked to be put on your donor list whenever you run for anything (including president...)

    My husband and I are committed to actively supporting the pro-democracy Members of Congress — that's you and all the House objectors — whenever they run.

    God Bless you all!  We truly love you for defending our nation!

    X O X O X O!

  •  Another PROUD Californian says THANK GOD! (none)
    for Senator Barbara Boxer!!!!

    I first voted for you following a rally you attended in Rancho Park regarding "Roe v Wade, A Choice Well-Made" some 16+ years ago. I am particularly proud of you following your recent support on the Ohio voting irregularities, and your outspoken challenge to the disgusting and overwhelming nomination of Condoleeza Rice to SofS. Despite her record of lies about Iraq, as well as gross negligence concerning the memos and warnings she ignored for 9 months prior to 9/11, Republicans tried to label us as petty and partisan to shift the spotlight off those uncomfortable FACTS.  Which is why it was unthinkable that any Democrat could possibly vote to confirm her - despite her qualifications or ability to play piano.  Yet all but 13 Democratic Senators voted for her!  I am so sad to say those shameful votes have permanently and adversely altered my opinions of those senators as well. There can be NO! ZIP! ZERO! tolerance by Democrats! for lying, distorting or manipulating the truth by any officials in our government!  These senators fully knew what she did, then publicly 'tsk-tsked' her about it, yet ultimately looked the other way and voted for her. Unbelievable hypocrisy!!

    Senator Boxer, you have taken your job seriously and responsibly, and genuinely represent your constituents.  You are not influenced by popularity in the Senate or swayed by a politics-as-usual mindset.  Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and others could not possibly have voted to confirm Condi Rice after expressing such grave concerns publicly over her truthfulness if they were really true to their convictions.  What mental process occurred that allowed them to challenge her, but minutes later to disregard those feelings and vote for her? Whatever justification they make to themselves, it was a shameful and embarrassing display of hypocrisy or weakness by those senators who caved in, and not representative of what Democrats stand for.

    You truly stand apart, and embody the following traits some of your colleagues (from both sides of the aisle) would do well to emulate:

    Courage (bravery to stand up to Republican bullies and threats, or the merciless attacks from the RW media)
    Conviction (taking a stand based on Truth, Honesty and Integrity, despite political pressure to look the other way, or not rock-the-boat)
    Morality (values that can not be compromised, and a conscience to expose the lies, distortions, and false impressions being fed to the American public)
    Determination (bouncing back from relentless criticism and attacks on you personally in the press, in Congress and elsewhere, but not allowing it to defeat, deter or dissuade you)

    Thank you again Senator Boxer for PROVING to the world which party has real morals and values! You had me on my feet shreiking WaHoo, holding my head up high, and feeling damn GOOD about being a proud liberal Democrat from California!

    Democrats=Values and Morality
    Republicans=Torture and Deception

    Jeanni in L.A.

  •  In these troubled times (4.00)
    you are a true hero and brave American. I am proud to call you my senator. Now if we could just bottle your fighting spirit and infuse the entire party with it, that would be something to behold.

    And we'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent life forms everywhere. And to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.

    by mentaldebris on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:38:39 PM PST

  •  Senator Boxer (none)
    You are among the very best in all of Congress.  I would vote for you for anything you ever chose to run for, including President.  I am so honored to have you as my Senator.   Thank you so much for posting here.  We are so happy to hear from you!

    "Force always attracts those of low morality." -- Albert Einstein

    by eyeswideopen on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 01:42:26 PM PST

  •  Psst... Can you please pull my guy aside... (none)
    ... and have a little chat with him?

    I love Barack Obama and many of us who busted our tails to elect him feel a bit betrayed by his Rice vote.  (We've let him know, too.)

    But he may see the response to your actions and rethink his "bipartisanship" stance in doing so.

    As you have proven, there is no compromise with the idealogues currently occupying the Executive branch or their troops in the Legislative branch.

    Keep up the fight, Senator.

    And thank you for taking this on and dragging it, kicking and screaming, into the light when so many others cowered in dark corners.

  •  Thank You Ma'am (4.00)
    Senator Boxer,

    You are one woman I would go to war with any day of the week, month, year etc., in a heartbeat.

    ll of us ladies are so extremely proud of you. I can never say that enough.

    I just wish you were an Ohio Senator. ;0)

  •  thanks (none)
    Senator Boxer,

    Don't be disheartened when the right wing attack machine goes after you with all their venom.  We admire your resolve, and we got your back!

    cheers,

  •  thank you (none)
    senator-
    even though i am not from your consituancy you have been a role model for me since you first took office in the house then in the senate.
    i was stunned while watching the rice hearings on cspan when you were one of the only senators who was willing to attack the bush administration. thank you so much for doing so.
    yay! strong women democrats rock!
    -mariel
  •  thank you, thank you, thank you!!! (none)
    Senator Boxer, you give us hope, that some people in power, are seeing the dangers this administrations brings to our country, and you are actualy doing something about it.

    We here in NH are stuck with Gregg and Sununu, so we have to depend on people like you, and Leahy, and others, to represent the views of sanity and reason.

    Please, keep it up.  I promise I'll vote for you for president!

    much love and gratitude,
    Sue in NH,
    NH

    I think the burden is on those people who think he didn't have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.     Ari Fleischer 7/9/2003

    by Sue in NH on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:02:22 PM PST

  •  Did Yourself Proud (none)
    Thanks from yet another Marin County resident who remembers you back when you served on the Board of Supes and before that, were a reporter for the Pacific Sun! Thank God for Barbara Boxer!

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:05:31 PM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    Senator,

    You are awesome! It was a thing of beauty to see you put your neck on the line and achieve such great results.

    Congratulations to you.

  •  Simply add my voice (none)
    I was very proud to sign Senator Boxer's petition and was very happy to have given my aid to buoy her in her efforts during the Rice hearings.  
    Recently, the statements and actions of Senator Boxer (as well as those of Senators Kerry, Leahy, Kennedy and Dayton, and to a lesser extent, Senators Biden, Feingold, Feinstein, Kohl, and Reid) have given me hope that the Democratic party will fulfill its ideals as a principled party of opposition during the current Babylonian Occupation by the neo-conservative Bush Administration.  
    So thank you, Senator Boxer. . . .
  •  Thank You -- Keep it Up!!! (n/t) (none)
  •  Thank you from a Washingtonian (none)
    (state, that is) who signed the petition.

    It's great to see you here. It's also great to see Senator Reid's war room reporting in. I think of Daily Kos as a big town hall meeting, with opinions varying all over the map. Lots of issues get raised, lots of questions get asked, and it's nice to know that someone who can address those issues and get answers to those questions is looking in.

    I've figured out how to know what the Republicans are up to. Just listen to what they accuse the Democrats of doing. -- Me

    by Our Man In Redmond on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:14:40 PM PST

  •  I was one of the folks who called your office (none)
    to thank you, wrote to thank you as well, and signed your petition, so I'm thrilled to see an acknowledgement of our support.

    This is a wonderful forum that will enable you to tap into hardworking and dedicated Democrats when you need something done.  As you can see, when Democratic senators and congressmen act like Democrats, the response is amazing.

    Please do everything in your power to pull your reluctant colleagues along with you.   We can't accomplish anything if we remain cowardly, uncoordinated, and ill-focused.  Think shadow government a la the British; we can't compete if we don't offer alternatives.

    Thanks again.  

    On some great & glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last & the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    by lightiris on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:17:37 PM PST

  •  California might be three hours behind us (none)
    when we're discussing time zones, but you're light years ahead of us when discussing your Senator!

    In an insane society, the sane man would appear insane

    by TampaCPA on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:18:07 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer. (none)
    You have graciously helped in a few of my private cases, and you are acting courageously on great public causes. You're one of the very best in the Democratic Party. I hope you will run for President.
  •  Thank you Senator, for doing your job (4.00)
    Many of us are thirsting for a return to democracy in the US, and you are producing the spark.  We have long road ahead; Courage, we are with you.

    "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

    by normal family on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:18:40 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (none)
    Thank you so much for being a true patriot.

    You are so inspiring!

    Thank you for having the courage to stand up and do the right thing, when so many around you do not.

    I wish you were my Senator! (I am very disappointed in Senator Wyden's aye vote confirming Dr. Rice.)

    Please keep up the good fight.

    Oh yes, welcome to DailyKos.

  •  Ted Kennedy isn't getting any younger (4.00)
    so there is a job opening up soon for lone wolf legislator who represents liberals everywhere--the adopted senator of lonely blue drops in red states.

    It is so cool that you came here and acknowledged us.  But it is we who should be thanking you for standing up about Ohio and speaking the truth about Condoleezza Rice and sounding the charge about Alberto Gonzalez.

    Your courage has made fans for life on the blog and all over the country, perhaps all over the world.  You have my undying admiration.  As someone else said, you are a rock star on this blog.  And you have the dedication and brainpower of some pretty serious dKos people at your fingertips if you ever need us.

    Thank YOU, Senator Boxer, for being a leader in a difficult time and inspiring the rest of us to keep on keeping on.  We've got your back!

    As soon as I balance my checkbook I'll be contributing to your PAC.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:20:08 PM PST

  •  Thank YOU (none)
    Sen. Boxer. You make me proud to be an American. That means a lot to me.

  • A Democrat will be the 44th President of the United States
  • by ZT155 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:21:23 PM PST

  •  but... (none)
    ...does she know how to format a hyperlink?
  •  In the words of Rev. Al Sharpton (4.00)
    "Condoleezza is my color, but Barbara is my kind."

    Give 'em hell Babs!

    DON'T BLAME ME; I VOTED FOR CLARK

    by DWCG on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:22:28 PM PST

  •  This (none)
    is a seat at the table.

    Thank you Senator.

  •  Dear Senator Boxer (4.00)
    When someone such as yourself decides to lead, it shows the rest of us how to lead. Keep up the good work, and we will keep the faith.
  •  Damn, this rocks! (4.00)
    Senator:

    I am a Texan. My Senators do not fight for me. They fight against me.

    I am adopting you as my Fairy Godmother Senator. You fight for me. You fight for what's right.

    I was never so proud to be an American, a Democrat and a woman as when you took on the lies of Rice that have resulted in bloodshed and chaos.

    History will judge Condoleeza Rice and George Bush as what we know them to be: liars, failures, and responsible for tens of thousands of needless deaths.

    History will judge you as the first Democrat (of what I pray will be a long, strong line of Democrats) to show leadership against the madness of Bush in a long while.

    May blessings and honor be yours.

  •  I voted for you in 1992 (4.00)
    when I lived in California.  I have never gotten back as much for a vote I cast as I have gotten from you.  Many thanks to you, Senator Boxer.

    DCDemocrat: Higher editorial standards than The New York Times.

    by DCDemocrat on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:27:06 PM PST

  •  Senator Boxer -- (none)
    You are our hero!  Thanks for standing up for the truth!

    Say hello to my Senator, Carl Levin, and my Rep, Sander Levin (leading the fight for Social Security) -- I'm proud of both of them, and you!

    Now: the real fight begins!

    by marjo on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:27:12 PM PST

  •  Thank You (none)
    Thank you Barbara Boxer, our fearless new leader in the senate!
  •  Thank You Senator (none)
    Thank You for coming out on the side of vaules. As someone who grew up in Harry Trumans neck of the woods. Give them hell, tell the truth and the future is ours.

    P.S. Get that Senate media War room up and running and get the House and DNC moving on it.

    Best of Wishes...

    Tell your coleagues to vote against TORTURE....

    Lots of people see the world in Black and White. It is mostly just shades of grey.

    by Davinci on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:28:36 PM PST

  •  This San Franciscan thanks you... (4.00)
    It's a strange but proud feeling to have people say to you, "You're from California? Boxer is your Senator? Damn, I'm jealous."

    Thank you, Senator Boxer. Thank you.

    BUSH: Like a rock...but dumber.

    by mugsimo on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:30:18 PM PST

  •  Senator Boxer (none)
    I received your thank you letter today, and I have to thank you. You are a voice for reason, a voice for truth and for accountability. I don't ever remember a person in the political circles whom I have respected as much as I do you, and I am sure that thousands feel the same way as I do.
  •  Thank you Senator... (2.00)
    ...not only for your vote, but for your "sticktuitiveness" when Secretary Rice tried to dodge your questions.

    Now I have one favor to ask.

    Please tell MarKos that his idea of encouraging a primary challenge to Joe Lieberman is the most moronic action in the history of the community.  I like you much better than I like Lieberman.  You vote better, and you're much cuter too.  But Lieberman is a pretty good guy.  The fact that he commands respect from both sides of the isle seems to piss people off here.

    You recognize that good people like yourself and Senator Lieberman can disagree on how to vote on an appointment.  Now please post a diary entry telling the kos community to lay off inciting a challenge to Lieberman.

  •  Good job, Senator Boxer! (none)
    I commend your efforts, and thank you for your spine.

    Give the Democratic Party a spinal transplant: Vote Dean for DNC Chair!

    by Daemmern on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:32:37 PM PST

  •  You da babe! (4.00)
    Look at you!  Helping the tide to turn!

    It doesn't feel so lonely a world anymore, since we all hit bottom that Nov. 3 morning after...

    Found that favorite quote I'd been searching for:

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
     -- Margaret Mead

    http://www.hillwatch.com/PPRC/Quotes/Democracy.aspx

    I think when we all look back on this decade, we'll see how a bunch of "takers" and "climbers" have hijacked our neighbors' fears -- and even what was left of their idealism -- and used it to stuff their Cayman accounts.

    Now, someone like you has fought her way to the front of the bus, got into the driver's seat, and is steering us back onto the road...

    What Would Gandhi Do?

    by HenryDavid on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:36:20 PM PST

  •  Sorry (none)
    But I live in Connecticut, and I am embarrassed beyond belief that I am represented by a Senator who voted for Torture Boy and Ms. Evasive.
  •  From someone who (4.00)
    voted for you in your first run for the Board of Supervisors and every race since then, you have far exceeded my expectations.  While I haven't voted for many winners in my lifetime, among those who did win, you are one of the few that I supported without reservation and never with any second thoughts or regrets.

    Including the Rumsfeld-Saddam photo was pure gold in a brilliant presentation.  You and your staff are one of the best in DC.  

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

    by Marie on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:39:14 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer..... (none)
    Of all the donations I made the last political cycle, I am proudest of the 20.00 I sent your way. You have done your job well beyond my measly contribution. Thank you Senator and keep up the good work!

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful...They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Bush

    by Keith Brekhus on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:40:29 PM PST

  •  San Diego Chiming in (none)
    Thank you Senator Boxer.  I'll be sure to drop a few duckets your way over the next few years.

    Congrats for instilling a little life into an almost dead party.  Time to get this ball rolling again.

  •  Thankful to you (none)
    and grateful for you. Your work does us all service, something which we will never forget. In this dark time you have been willing to stand up to those who would enojoy leaving the Constitution and American ideals to the history books...a feat which places you high above those who have not.

    Your courage gives us strength to keep fighting.

    Simply outstanding job, Senator. Simply outstanding.

  •  *swoons* (none)
    I heart Boxer.
    -Palo Alto, CA
  •  Thank You (none)
    For standing up for America.
  •  No, thank you! (4.00)
    We live in crazy times, when lies, torture and propoganda are tolerated and even rewarded.  It's good to see that there are still a few people willing to fight the good fight.

    Go Barbara!  I don't live in California, but I'm one of the millions across the country that's totally behind you.

    - William

  •  If this isn't the Most Recommended Diary Ever... (4.00)
    ...then it should be.

    I went back to Ohio... and my country was gone.

    by Malacandra on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:48:57 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (none)
    It was a pleasure to help.

    utahgirl

  •  From Michigan... (none)
    The thanks go right back to you!  You were superb, and I've never been so proud to be a Democrat.  You have been our ears, our eyes, and our voice in Washington.  Keep fighting the good fight!

    My condolences on the losses your state suffered yesterday.

    With Kind Regards,

    Pam

    Decisions are made by those who show up.

    by poe on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:51:44 PM PST

  •  I don't even know where to begin (none)
    Thank you a thousand times over and then again!!!!

    During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, I thought one of two things:

    1. Well.... Maybe Bush is bluffing to get Saddam to make some concessions about inspections and human rights.

    2. Maybe he is serious, but there are people in Washington and/or the media that would stop his insanity.

    Well, I was wrong.

    It has been way too long but finally I am hearing someone showing the courage to stand up against these irresponsible people.

    You may be interested to know that I have identified with the Republican party for twenty years.  No longer.  Your actions during the confirmation hearings have inspired me.  I will be changing my party affiliation.  

    I would like to thank you again so much and hope that your actions inspire others like myself (I know we are out there)

  •  How I wish you were MY Senator (none)
    No, I live in PA.  Enough said?  LOL.

    Thank you so much for your courageous stand against Condi. Thank you for taking your job seriously and doing it so well. I watched the entire process on CSPAN and then watched the repeats.  I will never be able to express how much I admire what you did.  It made me proud to call myself an American, which hasn't been easy to do the last four years.  You have restored some of my faith in the process of democracy here at home.

  •  Barbara! Barbara! Barbara! (none)
    Stick to your guns!

    Time is on your and our side.

    These guys will self destruct.

    Dailykos.com; an oasis of truth.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:56:19 PM PST

  •  You Are America's Senator (4.00)
    Many millions of people in this country do not feel represented by our current federal government.  For those people, Senator Boxer, you ARE their voice.

    Your constituency crosses the borders of the State of California: you represent all that is good, decent and honest about our democratic system.  You give all of us hope that our voice is being heard, and that one day we shall overcome.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and let me shout out:

    BOXER FOR PRESIDENT!

    "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by grannyhelen on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:56:22 PM PST

  •  Senator Robert C. Byrd (4.00)
    I was proud of you and my senator, the dapper Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.

    Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days. -- Sherlock Holmes.

    by Carnacki on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 02:57:28 PM PST

  •  You set the tone (none)
    I sincerely hope that more colleagues will be willing to stand up in the future. As you said, you were just doing your job. But you did it with tact and eloquence and directness that was a breath of fresh air coming out of that Capitol Dome.

    Thank you, Senator!

  •  Proud of Senator Boxer in Oakland! (none)
    Thank you for speaking out and doing the right thing. What a breath of fresh air!
  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    for having the courage to do the right thing.
  •  Definitely glad to step up, Senator (none)
    I wish I could do more - and that more had stood with you.  Some are saying, well, now, you have to choose your battles, not expend all your "political capital" at once.  Horse hockey!  You have to stand up to these swine every single day and beat them down like they're trying to beat you.  No appeasement.  No capitulation.  Fight for your country!

    "No. I'm pretty fuckin' far from OK."

    by moltar on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:05:11 PM PST

  •  Thank you for holding true to the Constitution (none)
    Dear Senator Boxer,

    You are truly one of a kind, and I am amazed by the leadership you showed in the Senate when you questioned Rice and voted "no" against her. You asked very valid questions, which of course, was ignored by the Republican Senators. I did not hear from any of them defending the picture of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. The silence when you showed that photo was incredible on the part of the Republican Party. Their desperate personal attacks against you show a lack of understanding about the constitutional right of an elected Senator to "give consent and advice" on the presidential choice of nominee.

    I want to thank you for holding true to the Constitution.

    Thank you, Senator Boxer!

    What's madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance?

    by slinkerwink on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:10:36 PM PST

  •  Shadow Boxing (none)
    While I have always been a proud and shameless liberal, I have to confess to not always liking Barbara Boxer, as a leader of our party.  

    BOY HAVE I BEEN WRONG!!

    I think we need to have a "shadow cabinet", as parliamentary democracies have.  Sen. Boxer deserves a high-profile role.

    While I certainly like the two Senators we have here in Michigan, Carl Levin & Debbie Stabenow, I really like how Barbara Boxer stepped up to the plate.  Condoleeza Rice is Queen of The Amen Corner, and Sen. Boxer was the only one with the stones to really back her down.

    Sen. Boxer is enough to make this former Californian relocate back to the Golden State.

    Nice work, Sen. Boxer!!

    jfrankesq

  •  Yes, Thank You! (none)
    Obviously, as evidenced above and below, you have lifted the spirits of this community of passionate believers in true American ideal. Thank you for your courage and for your acknowledgement of us. There is so much more we can and will do at your urging - put us to work!

    This quote, it was meant for you:

    No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. DISSENT, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.  Barbara Ehrenreich

    C'mon back now, y'hear? Thanks Senator!

    You can't teach an old dogma new tricks. Dorothy Parker

    by garbo on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:12:41 PM PST

  •  If you should happen to see my senators (none)
    Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, would you mind telling them for me that I hope they show more courage when it's time to vote on Alberto Gonzales? Thank you so much, and thanks for your leadership.

    "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." Dick Cheney

    by 2kate2 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:14:08 PM PST

  •  NO, THANK U SENATOR!!! (none)
       It's you that should be thanked Senator not us. Please continue to call these villians by their real names. It's going to take many more Senators and Congressmen and women like you to stop the radical assault on our Constitution being undertaken by this administration in it's ongoing effort to turn America into a fascist state. Goodluck to your Senator but, please watch your back the people your attacking are not beneath killing those that stand up to them. They aren't just bullies they're criminal bullies. SO BEWARE !!
  •  If you should happen to see my senators (none)
    Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, would you mind telling them for me that I hope they show more courage when it's time to vote on Alberto Gonzales? Thank you so much, and thanks for your leadership.

    "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." Dick Cheney

    by 2kate2 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:16:17 PM PST

  •  You are one classy lady (none)
    And my only regret is that I can't vote for you.  Thank you for standing up for all of us.

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups

    by Catriana on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:17:31 PM PST

  •  The Gift of Hope (none)
    ...is what you have given me, Barbara, by your courageous actions. Hope because among all of the butt-covering, up-for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder  politicians, there you stood, still in possession of your integrity, honesty, and the graceful courage to stand up tall to power.
    I honor and salute you.

    Silence is Complicity scribesplace.blogspot.com/

    by scribe on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:28:17 PM PST

  •  At the time of this post (none)
    421 people have recommended this diary. Wow.

    "You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it." -Malcolm X

    by PsiFighter37 on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:32:16 PM PST

  •  Rock On! (none)
    We needed a champion. We've been waiting for you.
    Thank you!  

    I live in red state Indiana, can I adipt you as my senator?

  •  I lived in Marin for over 20 years and (none)
    in the Bay Area for over 30! I voted for you every time I could. How I wish you were still my Senator.

    We're so proud of you. 'Way to go, Barbara!

  •  THANKYOU! (none)
    You give us hope!

    "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie"

    by Little Hamster on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 03:44:43 PM PST

  •   A veteran thanks you. (4.00)
    Thank you Sen. Boxer for standing up.

    Your actions are "Supporting the Troops" in the way they need support.

    The oath every serviceman (and women) takes include the following...support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

    We all need to recognize that not all the threats come from outside of our borders.

    Our republic can be eroded from within.

    I believe you are standing shoulder to shoulder with each and every serviceman in the defense of our country.

    Thank you again from this veteran.

  •  props from Berkeley (none)
    ...thanks Barbara!
  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    You are a beautiful gem and thank you for standing up for us. You are not my senator, but you are my voice.
  •  tell her you love her (none)
    Senator Boxer really has got her act together, she also sent individual thankyou's to everyone who signed her petition. Now, I know that she didn't sign all them personally but she has really got it organised. Now, let us all tell her that we want her and all the Democrats to FIGHT BACK, not compromise unless we get something in return. The Republicans are screaming for `bipartisnaship' now, but when they didn't need it they called the Capitol police on members, they changed the rules and held votes open, they redistricted to increase their membership, they held closed meetings and shut Democrats out - so let the Congress and the Senate learn from dirty tricks and up the ante. The time to fight is NOW. Onward and upward with the Boxer Rebellion. It is crucial though to always tell them that we approve (when we do of course) and inform them when we don't. Get proactive, not reactive. They are already on the run.
  •  Thank You! (none)
    For making wingnuttia go as crazy as you made them this week.  Your courage under the microscope this week was truly amazing.  As a transplant from CA to CO, I am proud to say I voted for you before I left.  Thank You and keep fighting!
  •  I knew it all along... (none)
    ...that my vote for you was justified.  You've earned it six years ago, you earned it last November and you've already earned it in six more years.

    You give me someone to believe in -- and that's tough these days.

    Don't stop.

  •  Well I don't know about you (none)
    But I don't trust these new users.  I checked her comments, ratings, and diary, and there's no activity!  Sounds like a freeper troll to me.

    j/k

    Much California love to the true Babs.

  •  I have been proud (none)
    to call Paul Wellstone, Mark Dayton, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy my Senators.  Although I am not one of your California constituents, I'll happily add you to the list of people I'm proud to call my Senator.  Thank you for standing up.  I'm proud, as a progressive, to stand with you.

    Yes, I'm a proud Massachusetts Liberal, and fuck you for saying that's a bad thing.

    by MAJeff on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:07:11 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    and please go tell my two Senators from NY, Schumer and Clinton to grow a backbone and vote against the Gonzales appointment for Attorney General.

    President Bush has enough enablers for his torture policy, we don't need to reward them for it.

    And yes, this is bigger than any tactical political concerns.  Especially since they have safe seats.

    Thanks again.  You're my new hero, you and John Conyers.

    Steven D

  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    I'm seriously considering moving to Cali for law school just so I can be your constitutent!

    Never wait for miracles.

    by Wanderer on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:10:25 PM PST

  •  Sen. Boxer, You Did Us Proud (none)
    I'm a New Yorker, but I wish I could vote for you.  In addition to admiring your courage in standing up to the pressure to confirm Ms. Rice, I was quite impressed with your questioning technique!  Most of our elected representatives make speeches instead of asking questions that confront the witness with prior inconsistent statements, or actually force them to say something silly to justify what they said before.  You were great, just great.

    "Our enemy is innovative and resourceful and so are we. Our enemy never stops thinking of new ways to harm us and our country, and neither do we." G.W. Bush

    by litigatormom on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:25:13 PM PST

  •  thanks so much (none)
    I've said this many times on these diaries, but I'll say it again.  Authenticity matters.  Standing up for what you believe in matters.  Elections are won by those with the guts to stand up for what they believe in, despite what the media or polling says.

    Anyone with a responsible view of foreign affairs knew that the Rice nomination had to be thoroughly contested.  Her support and cheerleading for the Iraq war was, and continues to be a travesty.  Our men and women are dying on the battlefield as their commander in chief and his lieutenants fail to consider their mistakes, and fail to level with the american people about the sacrifice necessary to carry out their mission.

    Your bravery is appreciated.  Thank-you.  Thank-you.  Thank-you.  The rest of the party should stand with you.

  •  Thanks from Canada (4.00)
    I know a lot of Americans don't really care what we think, particularly the insular red-state types, but I just wanted to let you know that we are paying close attention, and we're very happy that SOMEONE is finally taking a stand.

    Remember that Canada is America's friend - we're just waiting for you guys to come to your senses.

    Best of luck!

  •  Just Live With It? (3.33)
    There was an opinion piece in our local paper yesterday regarding how some of our braver Democrats in the Senate reacted to the Condi Confirmation process. It basically told us that Bush won and we just need to live with it . . . Well it got me so mad that this is how I responded back:

    I can not tell you how many times in the last month I have had someone say to me "George Bush won . . . get over it." I am over it, but I refuse to "live with it."

    Just before I read the opinion section in THE PILOT, I read that we lost another 36 US troops in Iraq today . . . are they living with it?

    Those who gripe about the Democrats playing politics with Condi's ascent to Secretary of State don't really understand the issue. It's not Social Security or jobs or homeland security . . . It's Iraq and the misinformation that was jammed down our throats so this administration could accomplish some "messianic mission" in the Middle East.

    Most Democrats and myself are under no illusions that President Bush will get the cabinet he wants, but I applaud the Democratic Senators who have the guts to remind us why so many Americans are uncomfortable with the war in Iraq.

    I just wish the rest of our Democratic Senators had acted the same . . .

    THE BUCK STOPS AT BUSH!

    by jhewett on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:35:08 PM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    for giving us a voice.
  •  You have been added to my short list of Democrats (4.00)
    Dear Sendator Boxer,

    There are many democrats I like, would be glad to vote for and would certainly help get reelected.  Many of them have voted in the senate/congress the way I wanted and sometime not.  Some of them have been wonderful spokespeople or brave legislators.  
    But there is a short list which up until this point contained ;

    Robert Byrd
    Al Gore
    and
    Howard Dean

    These people have inspired me and even on occasion I disagreed with them, still they have my gratitude for standing on principal and saying what was right and not always popular. They have fought battles they knew were already lost.  But they have reduced me to tears with their words which renewed my belief in America and our government.

    Thank you for giving me a reason to add your name to this list.

    Robert Byrd
    Al Gore
    Howard Dean
    Barbara Boxer

    Gore/Dean, that's my story and I am sticking to it.

    by TeresaInPa on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:36:27 PM PST

  •  Thank God For Boxer (none)
    When they write the history of the New Democratic Party, your confrontation with Dr. Rice will mark the key turning point in our fortunes.

    I believe that what Sam Ervin was to Richard Nixon, you will be to George W. Bush.

    God bless you, Barbara, and God bless America.

  •  YOU.ARE.NOT (none)
    Having a Barabara Boxer lovefest without me!

    Thank You Ms. Boxer

    I can't wait until the Rapture! -- FREE STUFF! --EVERYWHERE!

    by God loves goats on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:38:43 PM PST

  •  Dems who are courageous will be very rewarded (4.00)
    by fierce loyalty and commitment and support AND fundraising. Senator Boxer, WE ARE SO HUNGRY FOR SOME COURAGEOUS, TRUTH-TELLING leaders who bother to listen to us.
  •  Thank you... (none)
    and daaamn, looks like the Senator from cali is becoming the conscience of the Democrats... I was hoping Kennedy or Kerry would step up to the plate, and maybe they still will...
  •  wow,,, (none)
    this diary entry makes me glad to be 1) a resident of california who voted for boxer and 2) a member of the dailykos community.
  •  Thank you Senator! (none)
    May the rest of the Democrats follow your lead!
  •  I'm not American (4.00)
    but reading this letter from Mme. Boxer is an amazing example of the power of the people. If only more politicians listened to and respected their constituents, freedom and liberty would truly be planted in the form of peace and not war, hate, fear and lies.
  •  It's times like these ... (none)
    that make me very proud to be from California.  We can't thank you enough for your bravery and tenacity, Senator Boxer.  You and your twelve colleagues in the Senate who voted not to confirm Dr. Rice to a job she has not earned and does not deserve are national heroes.
  •  Castro Valley loves Sen. Boxer! (none)
    I'm proud of you and grateful for your strength and courage.  We need you to fight and to inspire your colleagues to stand up and fight as well.

    This is it, this is history happening right now.  Our beautiful country is being hijacked and robbed before our eyes.  

    Thanks for standing up.  We've all got your back, ok?

  •  shall we unrecommend? (none)
    since it's front-page and all?  is there some überuser function that allows a diary to become unrecommended upon movement to the front page?
  •  If you decide to run for The Big Chair (none)
    in 2008 or later, give me a jingle.  I'll gladly foot-soldier for you here in NH, home of the nation's first primary ;)

    And thank you for opposing the GOP on all our behalf.

  •  Thank you for leading. Thank you (none)
    for bringing up the issues and the lies. And Thanks to my guy Tom Harkin for joining you.

    "We have met the enemy and he is us" Pogo

    by rurallib on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:57:42 PM PST

  •  Pride from Ventura County (none)
    that you are our Senator.  One reason I have not outright left the country.
  •  Thank you so much, Senator Boxer (none)
    Proud, principled, progressive.  You did right by your country.
    Welcome to your place in the Pantheon of Progressive Heroes.  I look forward to hearing MUCH MORE from you.
    I'm from Mikulski country on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, so I am already used to the cry of "Right on, Barbara!"
  •  Senator Boxer... (none)
    ...you are awesome. Thank you so much.
  •  Dear Senator Boxer, (none)
    Thank you from a former San Franciscan.  If you'll pardon the expression, bring it on.  I've got your back.

    Feel free to grab my email address to add to your list of doners.

    Sincerely,

    vachon

  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    for your willingness to step forward and demonstrate one of the many ways that the emperor has no clothes.

    A long time lurker emerges on this auspicious occasion to tip her tin foil hat to the Senator.

  •  I can' thank you enough (none)
    for being the voice of reason! My state's two democratic senators both disappointed me in voting for Dr. Rice's nomination, despite my hopes that at least one of them would stand up to her and this poisonous administration. I have followed your every word ever since you stood up for voting irregularities....Please don't stop doing what you're doing! We need your leadership--keep us tuned in and we will change the course of history!
  •  The tip of the iceburg (none)
    is what the 94,000 who signed the Petition are.  Remember there are so very many of us out in
    America who want our Dems in the House and Senate to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!  Thank you so much for leading the charge!
  •  If you can bear another thank you, (none)
    Thank you.  Thank you for giving voice to the rest of us; those not taken in by the GOP and it's current crop.  Thanks, too, to your staff and to the other 12 senators who votes down the Rice nomination.  (Call them a Boxer's Dozen.)

    Makes a fella glad to be a liberal.

    On the road to broken promised land. ~M. Sexton

    by GOTV on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:18:25 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (none)
    The positions you've taken and the votes you've cast in the Senate have always made me proud of the votes I've cast for you.  
    Thank you for representing all of us.

    "It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting." -- Tom Stoppard

    by ZanderOC on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:22:51 PM PST

  •  No problem Barbara, you rock. (none)
  •  From one BB to another (none)
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I only wish my great, late senator Paul Wellstone would have been there to stand with you.

    BCB

    "I don't feel like Satan, but I am to them" - Neil Young

    by bcb on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:25:51 PM PST

  •  No, Thank YOU! (none)
    Thank you, Senator Boxer.  You have restored my faith that there really are some elected officials who are still looking to do the right thing, even if they have to stand alone.

    I won't forget you in any of your future endeavors.

  •  Dear Barbara Boxer... (4.00)
    ...Today in America Courage wears a skirt.  

    ...We won't forget who stood alone in the Senate on January 6th 2005.  

    ...We won't forget the lead voice for reasoned discourse in the Democratic Party.  You put your collegues to shame.

    ...Decide what YOU want to do then Ask for our help.  We won't forget.

    "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything" - Joseph Stalin

    by Blue Shark on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 05:39:53 PM PST

  •  You are what we have been waiting for (none)
    You are exactly the person that we have been waiting for for such a long time.  A Democrat who is willing to stand up and fight the radical Bush Agenda.  I urge you to run for the White House in 2008 and further your and our ideas to the nation and to the world and show our friends abroad that we do not all agree with Bush and that there is opposition to his policies.  
  •  Thank you Senator Boxer from Texas (none)
    I wish I could be thanking my Senators (John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison) or my representative (Tom Delay).  But I can't thank them, I can't appeal to them, and I don't really feel that they care how I feel.  You had the courage, which is considerable, to stand up to the Republicans. You had the courage to stand up to the male-dominated sexist world that you live in to say enough is enough.  You had the courage to take on the "People of the Lie" that are running our country.  Thank you.
  •  Secretary of State (none)
    Dear Senator Boxer:

    We all appreciate your efforts to highlight Ms. Rice's misplaced enthusiasm for remaking the world in the imagination of President Bush. Imagination detached from reality is very dangerous. We all applaud your commitment to reality.

    Dave Fischer

  •  Thanks, Senator! (none)
    It was a treat watching you question Rice and raise all the uncomfortable points that the Administration doesn't want to talk about. You showed more "testicular fortitude" than all your fellow Senators  on the panel combined!

    You were especially effective when you pointed out the internal fracas between the intelligence agencies about the aluminum tubes.

    THAT underscores how the Liar's Administration used raw intel data selectively to advance their case for war.

    I am from Davis, CA and will be proud to vote for you!

  •  Thank You Senator Boxer (none)
    For standing up and fighting for what right. Please become a voice of relentless sanity and criticism of the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress.

    I suggest that you and other prominent Democrats read George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant". It will help you to understand how to Frame issues. This is key to getting your message out to the media and the public.

    In a way you are lucky. There are an infinite amount of things to criticize the Republicans with. Don't waste this opportunity. Probably should stop by here occasionly and read some of the amazing ideas people come out with on what to say and talk about.

    Thanks again!

  •  Thank you (none)
    Senator Boxer!

    You make me proud to be a Democrat.

  •  You are a wonderful role model (none)
    for women, young women and the Democratic Party.  We need more people like you that stand up to the stupidity and errors of this horrible regime.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I cannot say enough thanks to you.  You make a huge difference that we so desperately need.  One day, maybe more Democrats will be inspired by you, just like we are, and decide to do the right thing and stand up to this nasty, deceitful group.  Thanks so much.
    Sincerely,
    Sandy on Signal Mountain, Tn
  •  now *this* is cool (4.00)
    Barbara,
    My Grandmother works for you. Mrs. C. DeTa___ ! Boy is she gonna be irritated with me when I get to use you as my 'blogs matter' ammo w/her. :)

    Having lunch with you long ago made an impression on me no doubt but I had NO IDEA that as an adult I would vote for a Senator Barbara Boxer. It's been said hundreds of times by now but I want to add my appreciation.

    We vote for you because you do your job and you do it well. We admire you because you keep your word time and time again. Honestly, with the scary opposition on both sides, for a brief moment I wasn't sure you would stand up this time around,it's that damn disappointing, as you know.

    You don't back down. You don't sell out. You never have. You deserve all these comments because of your commitment Barbara Boxer, not because you "do your job" but because of your bravery.  

    However strange this might sound coming from someone younger, I am damn PROUD of you.
    I'm proud of my vote.

    THANK YOU, Barbara!
    K.Cash

    Kos bloggers:
    Not a regular blogger, obviously- but wanna thank you for dropping posts all over the net (leaving diary links) As clusterf*** as I am, I need the reminders and I read at least once a day because of 'em. So glad I didn't miss this post. anyway, thanks

  •  From Ohio - my most heartfelt appreciation (none)
    January 6, 2005.

    The day Barbara Boxer became America's hero.  
    Please know that your actions that day, and since that day, have earned you my enduring admiration and support.  

    George Bush may have thought he earned "political capital" from his re-selection.  With your courage and determination to defend America, you have earned the capital, the county, and the whole state. I echo many posts upthread when I say "We've got your back".

    Welcome to DKos, Senator Boxer and staff.
    Eliminating the media middlemen rocks, doesn't it?

  •  You're welcome (none)
    Have a Good Shabbas.

    http://kydem.blogspot.com

    Evan Bayh 2008
    Rosenberg for Chair
    http://kydem.blogspot.com

    by dsolzman on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:05:26 PM PST

  •  A salute to you, Sen. Boxer, from (none)
    my 87 year-old father and me.  My World War II veteran father is my hero, and you are a light in his world.  He has been watching the political madness with ever increasing sadness since George Bush took office, but your courage to stand up to the right machine has given him hope. So, from two democrats in the blue Clark County in the almost-blue State of Nevada, thank you, thank you, thank you!
  •  Dear Senator Boxer (4.00)
    My great thanks to you for all that you have done and are doing. You are a hero in our eyes and give us great hope for the future.

    From a historical perspective I can truly appreciate what happened during the confirmation hearings, in the committee and on the Senate floor, resulting in the 85-13 vote that reaches back in history to Henry Clay. Amazing stuff. I am so proud of you and your 12 colleagues.

    But...

    It is not enough. I am very disappointed that the dissenting votes numbered only 13 and wonder why more of our other Democratic Senators did not stand with you. Wondering further what it will take to encourage them to stand firm and deny this administration a free hand in their misguided policies.

    The confirmation hearings of Mr. Gonzales offer an even greater and more important opportunity for the Democratic Senators to unite in standing firm against an intolerable choice for Attornye General.

    Condolezza Rice was merely incompetent.

    Alberto Gonzales has shown a complete disregard for the law and a willingness to circumvent it in any manner possible. He is unfit to serve. He is an embaressment to this nation and all that we have stood for for 229 years.

    Please keep up the good work and do everything you can do to deny this administration such an horrifying choice for Attorney General.

    We are counting on you to defend us and all that this nation has stood for through the years.

    Sincerely,

    Andrew C. White
    Democracy for the Hudson-Mohawk Region
    Chairmen Stephentown (NY) Democratic Committee

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:11:02 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator... (none)
    I go to class for three hours and come to this party late. Anyways, thanks for your leadership in the Rice nomination.

    Please rally your fellow colleagues to apply ten times the pressure to the Gonzales nomination and debate. I am concerned that his interpretation of the Geneva Conventions in Cuba may be flipped one day and applied to our service men and women in some other country in future wars.

    Keep up the great (and progressive) work...

  •  May the Wellstone be with you. (none)
    Ms. Boxer, I am so proud of you for standing up and saying, "no more."  Your actions, both with the Ohio electors and with the Rice nomination, have been courageous and principled, and I can think of no higher compliment than to say that I think the spirit of Paul Wellstone has been with you during these difficult days.  May you always be so brave.
  •  GO TO HELL SENATOR BOXER, YOU SUCK! (2.00)
    Just kidding. Thanks again!

    "Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know. Stomp, push up, mush, fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home..."-Eminem

    by desiunion on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 06:49:14 PM PST

  •  Good work, Senator. (none)
    Keep the spotlight on the Bush Administration's incompetence and mendacity.

    And please don't forget us. The blogosphere has helped you once, and we're eager to help you again. Individually we're not much, but when you unite us like DKos and your petitions do, you have a powerful force behind you.

    Keep it up, Senator.

  •  Hope my Senators keep up with you (none)
    from Illinois. Durbin seems to be on the right track, hopefully Obamma will match you.
  •  No, Thank YOU Barbara (none)
    For having the courage and integrity to show real leadership in these trying times.

    Even though I do not live in your state, I will support you in any way I can when you run for office in the future.

    You are the kind of leader the Dem Party so desperately needs, esp. in Congress: someone who knows what it means to Speak the Truth to Power.

    You were right, righteous, and right on!

    If you ever run for President- you def. have my vote, my money, and my time.

    "As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together, we make a mighty fist" Watanka Tatanka (Sitting Bull)

    by wild salmon on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 07:07:38 PM PST

  •  Thanks from a Napa constituent. (none)
    You did such a great job of calling Rice to task. I am very very proud.
  •  A wanna-be constituent (none)
    Senator Boxer,

    I am a junior in high school in South Carolina and would love nothing more than to get a pageship on the hill this summer.  One problem: South Carolina.  Two Republican senators with a combined two years experience.  I have already contacted your office and I got an e-mail back(that's already more than most) saying only Californians can apply.  If you read this, is there anything I can do to improve my chances?  Thanks so much, and thanks for making me proud to be a Democrat so many times!

    Matthew Ellison

  •  Thank You, Senator Boxer (none)
    Thank you for representing all of us who do not agree with this Administration's policies, whether we live in your home state of California, my home state of New York, and all the states in between.
    Some states are Red
    Some states are Blue
    All states should have
    A Senator like you!
  •  You go girl (none)
    Babs, you are the BOMB! Keep up all the good work! We need more Democrats to be like you and we need you to show the ones that are still sitting on their hands how to stand up and be counted!

    Rock on wit yo bad self!!

    We must go forward, not backward, upward, not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom! - Kodos as Clin-ton - The Simpsons

    by Czarvoter on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 07:32:56 PM PST

  •  Another happy California constituent (none)
    I too add my support for your willingness to stand strong, even in the face of daunting odds. That is the sign of a true patriot and just what our Democratic party needs to learn again. Unless we show that we believe and stand for something, even if it is in opposition, there is no way to gain back the trust and votes of the American people.

    Now if only you could convince that other senator from our Golden State to join you. But now I fall into a wishful state of fantasy.

    Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! And please keep speaking out.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR

    by Vitarai on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 07:43:36 PM PST

  •  Thank you from Virginia (none)
    Dear Senator Boxer,

    As I watched the roll call of votes, I started to rock, and pray....And there you were.  Where no Senator dared stand before. For the People. All of us. I wept with relief that there was somebody. You.
    And you continue to stand for us. Beautifully, eloquently, and with sane clarity in this moiled and frightening time.  I know I speak for many more Virginians when I say thank you.

    I look forward to seeing you kick Abu Gs butt, so to speak.  Be well. Stay safe.  

    P.S. Could you please do something with Warner and Allen?  I've been trying for years with no results!

    I may be thinking about taking the Bus, but I'm not taking the Omnibus, no sir, thanks, I'll walk.

    by emmasnacker on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 07:45:56 PM PST

  •  What about the Bush/Kerry debates? (1.03)
    Senator Boxer, with all due respect, our nation already had full debate on Iraq policy last fall during the presidential campaign.  That's not to say the issue is behind us, but you and your colleagues introduced nothing new during the Rice hearings.  In the end, Rice received overwhelming bipartisan support so it really made no difference, other than to show the country how petty Democrats can be when they don't get their way.  
  •  I'm a very proud Californian!!!! (none)
    YOU ROCK BARBARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  •  Senator Boxer (none)
    We are so proud of you.  Know that as you continue to take courageous stands in the Senate and elsewhere, you do not stand alone.  You know you have 40,000+ here at dailyKos right beside you.  More than that you have tens of millions of disilusioned Americans cheering you on.  Truly yours is a voice of truth crying out in the wilderness.

    My new bumper sticker here in red dominated Idaho:

                Save Democracy
           JOIN THE BOXER REBELLION

    Thank you again.  Contributions to your PAC will continue to come your way from my corner of the wilderness.

    If not now. . .When?

    by shirlstars on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 08:05:49 PM PST

  •  Thank you! (none)
    From Lakota Territory, South Dakota!

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~Martin Luther King, Jr

    by SarahLee on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 08:07:55 PM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    You have no idea how much it means to me that someone is fighting back. Our government has been taken over by pure evil and we need people like you in office to take back our country. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  •  Thank you Senator Boxer (none)
    I live in a blue county (Miami-Dade) in a red state (Florida), and it seems to me that I have no real representation in the US Senate from my state - a relatively conservative weak Democrat and a dirty, mean-spirited Republican kiss-ass reactionary.  Therefore I declare you my FosterSenator and myself one of your "consituents" even if I can't vote for you.  However, I can send your PAC some money, which I have just done.
  •  Thank You Senator Barbara Boxer! (none)
    You do the title "Senator" justice.

    What an excellent day for an Exorcism...

    by DianeL on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 08:16:45 PM PST

  •  We wont ever forget your actions, Senator (none)
    Thanks for listening!
  •  Excellent! (none)
    I'm glad someone is standing up to Bush!  Keep fighting them.
  •  Senator Boxer -- AMERICA's Senator (4.00)
    Senator Boxer,

    I know I've voted for you every time you've appeared on the ballot (San Franciscan here). You've never disappointed. I'm overjoyed to have you, once again, representing me in the Senate.

    On the other hand, I think you're bigger than just my, or just California's, Senator. Indeed, you've become America's Senator.

    And...America NEEDS you!

    Your actions represent not only those here but Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, and millions of others that have no idea what you've done for them (yes, even Republicans and the Christian Right).

    I can not say it enough: THANK YOU

  •  A belated thank you. (none)
     Good work, Senator Boxer. Best wishes for your future.

    It's been a time, therefore, of illusion and false hopes, and the longer it continues, the more dangerous it becomes.- John Anderson

    by Anderson Republican on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 08:24:15 PM PST

  •  Love from the Campus Dems (none)
    UC Santa Barbara is all abuzz about our great Senator! Thanks for sticking it to Rice, and for following your constituents wishes! I'm proud to have a window sticker on my car that reads "Pro-Choice--Pro-Boxer"!
  •  No Thank You!! (none)
    We owe you so much for your strength and love of our Country and Party. You have been an inspiration to us all.

    Thank You!

    "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

    by alnc on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 08:27:11 PM PST

  •  the thanks is to you (none)
    and to your colleagues for maintaining the courage of your convictions.

    But we credit you with the initial questions which I think gave impetus to the hearings being extended.

    You made me feel proud to be a Democrat.

    It feels heartening to know that there is still decency in the world.

  •  proud to be a "kawl-lee-foh-niun" (none)
    thank you. my 13-yr old sister asked me, "what did senator barbara boxer do?" my reply? "oh... nothing much. just be the greatest senator ever"
  •  You were amazing (none)
    Thank you for your courage. It was inspiring watching you.
  •  Go Barbara Go! (none)
    Senator Boxer,

    All that can be said about the joy and gratitude this community feels towards you for taking a stand on the tough issues has been expressed above, in a way far better than I could compose.

    I just want to say THANK YOU for being a positive, feisty, intelligent, interesting, assertive, tenacious, take-no-shit, badass woman.  I wish I'd had more role models like you growing up and I hope you empower a whole new generation of young women to stand proudly and unflinchingly for basic human values and accountability.  I find this kind of inspiration particularly necessary now, as women's voices are increasingly threatened by legislative actions, not to mention insidious attitudes, that conspire to deny them equal rights (i.e., the proposed cuts in Social Security benefits for women as a result of the "crisis") and access to information to make informed, intelligent, responsible choices about their own bodies.  

    As a human, I thank you for demanding accountability for other human lives unnecessarily lost.  As an American, I thank you for your committment to continuing the act of questioning and dialogue guaranteed in our Constitution.  As a Democrat, I thank you for standing up against the Republican hate machine.  And as a woman, I thank you for continuing to dare to live up to your brilliant potential.

  •  Proud Santa Cruz County Constituent Thanks You! (none)
    I am so proud you are my senator. I have disavowed the other one after going to her webpage and viewing her smiling photo, surrounded by the poor kids we are sending to slaughter there in FALLUJEH for cripes sake! What is Feinstein smoking?

    Anyway, sorry I digress. Thanks Barbara! You go! and you looked very hot by the way.

  •  *One Voice* (none)
    Your's truly is a "voice in the wilderness". I do not live in your district, or even in California. But you have given me and so many others across the country hope that our voices will still be heard, regardless of who our representatives are. I may not have a representative in my home state for many years to come, so I will be donating to your PacForChange, and anybody who runs against Joe Lieberman in the next election. I'm withholding judgement on the DNC until I see who the next chair is, and where they intend to lead the party. Thanks for all that you've done. When the commentary from the GOP talking heads is as shrill as it's been against you, you know that they're getting nervous. Keep up the good work!

    Bush is such an arrogant little rooster that he thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.

    by madcat on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:32:33 PM PST

  •  Many Thanks Senator Boxer (none)
    As one of the Californians who signed your petition I received this letter directly and am so glad to see you sent it to Daily Kos.  You are a bright light in this dismal US Senate and I pray and encourage you to fight for what is important for United States Citizens - as found in the words of the Constitution.  Some of the most important words are freedom of speech by all citizens.  You are our mouthpiece for the Democratic beliefs of adequate healthcare, jobs, food and a roof over the head of all United States citizens.
    Thank YOU!  
  •  Thank YOU!!! (none)
    Senator Boxer, you done us proud!  If we all keep fighting the good fight as you've been doing, we will save this country yet!

    "I describe myself as a museum-quality tax-and-spend bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal." -- Garrison Keillor

    by greenknight on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:36:02 PM PST

  •  Thank You, Senator Boxer! (none)
    As one of Senator Boxer's constituents, I've already written to her twice to thank her for having the courage to take tough stands in the Senate.  I am so pleased with her that she doesn't take the attitude of "play along to get along."  She gives the rest of us hope that our representatives in Congress can have the backbone to stand up for what is good and noble in our nation and against overwhelming odds.  It us, Senator Boxer, who thank you for your courageous actions in the Senate!
  •  Proud Oaklander (none)
    Senator Boxer is a heroine and I'm proud to be her constituent. Also proud to be represented by the other Barbara, Congresswoman Lee, who does speak for me. I'm very lucky. (And Pete Stark is next door in my parents' district).

    I wrote to Sen. Boxer (by hand! on my engraved letterhead!) and I will be sending her PAC some cash. We have to reward the politicians who stick their necks out.

    Dianne Feinstein, on the other hand, doesn't get it, and will therefore not get any of my $$$.

  •  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (none)
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Look for my next diary: The right of revolution: Revolution & war not always same thing thing (10:30 AM EST on Friday 1/28)

    by Tom Kertes on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:01:40 PM PST

  •  Thank YOU Senator (none)
    Boxer for breathing life back into this party! Now see if you can teach a thing or two to my Senator, Barak Obama. I haven't given up on him yet but he is looking like he needs some help.

    People are powerful!

    by One World on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:18:00 PM PST

  •  Thanks (none)

    Liberal Thinking

    Think, liberally.

    by Liberal Thinking on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:27:15 PM PST

  •  Let me add my voice (none)
    Sincere thanks, Senator.

    But can you teach? There's so many who could stand to learn what you know ...

    vote early - vote often

    by wystler on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:31:53 PM PST

  •  asdf (none)
    I dunno what this comment will do(since I'm pretty sure you already got ALOT of "thank yous"...but i'll do it anyway:

    THANK YOU! The people you are representing in congress are very proud of you!

  •  Thank YOU (none)
    Sen. Boxer for telling truth to lies -- something that I cannot expect from my state's senators: Rick "Man on Dog Action" Santorum and Arlen "on a leash" Specter.

    I've already emailed your office twice to thank you (for the Rice hearings and your refusal to certify Ohio).  

    I would email you every day to thank you for your work, but I wouldn't want to clog up your email, so I blog about you instead:

    Barbara Boxer: A Real American Hero

    Boxer Rebellion

    Telling Truth to Lies (as 'Liz')

    Slam Dunk Barbara! (as 'Liz')

  •  Thanks Senator Boxer ! (none)
    Keep up the good work !  We'll stand by you !
  •  You're a brave and wonderful Senator (none)
    How kind of you to write us here on the Dailykos, but even if you never write to us again, keep doing what you're doing for us--fight the good fight, and that will be kinder still.
  •  Thank you (none)
    I was told by a conservative that your questioning of Condi Rice was "cruel, just cruel."  As a California native, who went to Stanford when Rice was provost, I am personally ashamed of the cruelty that Rice has helped to perpetuate throughout our country and the world.  The entire right wing machine is going after you because you have spine.

    The only thing I regret is that you do not have Paul Wellstone beside you.  Keep up the fight.

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer!! (none)
    For providing a voice to us liberals who live in godforsaken "Red" states and have no voice, absolutely none, through our own senators.  (Bunning and McConnell-- oh, yuck.) Though I can't vote for you, I think of you as "my" senator in spirit! And thank you, California, for electing this wonderful woman!
  •  there are so many posts already (none)
    But I have to add my thank you too. A big shout out from Maine to a Calif Dem who is making us all proud. Thank you for your courage.

    Primum non nocere: look it up!

    by mayandjay on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 07:04:33 AM PST

  •  money doesn't talk it swears (none)
    The idea to donate $20.01 to BB is a wonderful idea.  Most politicians just want to get reelected.  When the other Dems find out how much $$ BB receives for her bakcbone, maybe they will grow one too!  Evan Bayh is growing one and making his Hoosier red state angry.  (indpls star, letters to the editor).  He had decide to grow some spine so that he can get the nomination in 2008 (puke).  too little to late.
  •  Now in Florida (none)
    but lived most of my life in So Cal. You have shown courage and grace under fire. Thank-you.

    'Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts' -- Thomas Jefferson

    by Flagrrl on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 07:47:43 AM PST

  •  Getting Tough (none)
    Don't "be a man".

    Be a Boxer. :)

    Thank you Senator, for reminding us all of the greatest power that a free people possesses: its voice.

    Liberals are always looking for something new to love; conservatives for something new to hate. :)

    by cskendrick on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 07:51:52 AM PST

  •  standing up (none)
    Someone had to do what you did in that hearing room.  I was listening to the live broadcast.  Thank you for taking a position and giving voice to a chorus of doubters.  Good job.
  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    ...for standing up for what's right. It's refreshing.

    Blog this! Visit me at K Street Blues. It will change your life.

    by AggieDemocrat on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 08:23:38 AM PST

  •  One more time with feeling.... (none)
    Barbara Boxer for President '08.

    We love you, and I love you for standing up and doing the right thing, fearlessly - you are a shining example of what ALL Democrats should be doing.

    Thank you,
    Melissa Derasmo

    Dissent is Patriotic

    by mwjeepster on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 08:36:47 AM PST

  •  I never post but... (4.00)
    I had to take the time to say thank you.  I am coming to this late, and was amazed to find this note from you.  

    I am in DeLay's district and am constantly dismayed by Texas Democrats [Sheila Jackson Lee excluded.] I am proud, as an American, that you are standing up for the voiceless.  You are demnding to be heard.  I will fight in whatever capacity you can dream up, because although I supported you before, now I am a true believer.  

    Put me to work.  I need to do something to assuage the feelings of powerlessness I have as a result of Bush's reign.  Please give us something to work toward.  

    Thank you again.

    Faith

  •  Thank you, Senator Boxer (none)
    I am a constituent who greatly appreciates all you have done for California and the United States. Thank you for giving us a voice in Washington. Thank you for seeking out and telling the truth.
  •  Not in CA but will vote for you anywhere! (none)
    For President ?

    Sigh... Bush turned US into a banana republic with nukes

    by lawnorder on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 10:40:29 AM PST

  •  Thank you Barbara Boxer (none)
    not only for your courage - you've also reminded other Dem leaders to be leaders and speak for the people.

    I believe that the neocons need to be identified and held accountable, reminding true Republicans that these neocons don't speak for them or their constituents.  

    Unfortunately the tradition of Senate and House debate is gone and most Dems are still playing by the old rules of compromise.  There is no compromise possible with the neocons. The hold they have on traditional Republicans makes them fear to go against the insanity that has a stranglehold on our country.

    Dems and their leaders need to stand up in uniformity against this growing cancer.  The truth needs to be shouted loud enough that the MSM can't ignore us.  You stand as a beacon of light showing the way.  I've also been impressed with Reid, Kerry, the Black Caucus, as well as others who are following your lead.

    Now all we need is to have Dean selected as DNC chair and have someone put a muzzle on Lieberman and stop him from publicly trashing the Party and kissing up to this facist administration.

  •  Dear Senator Boxer (4.00)
    May we please have 99 more Senators just like you who honor the Founding Fathers on a daily basis!
  •  Count Me Too (none)
    I just wanted to be counted as one more person who appreciates your courage and your vision.  Your voice has been an uplifting force in these dark days.
  •  Thank You Senator Boxer (none)
    We are hungry for Senators like yourself to lead the charge.  We are behind you all the way!
  •  We Are Family!!! (4.00)
    Ms. Boxer,

    The Kos community may be in the early stages of development, having growing pains on some days, with every member with a various viewpoint, and discussion can lead, well, pretty much in any direction, (except right) but we are NOT going anywhere.  The Democratic party belongs to the PEOPLE.  The Constitution belongs to THE PEOPLE.  Power is derived from THE PEOPLE.  And not Bush, Condoleeza, Cheney, or anyone else in the National Republican Army is going to take the Constitution away from THE PEOPLE.

  •  DEROIT (none)
    says thank you, thank you, thank you!

    "While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free." - Eugene Debs

    by matthewc on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 01:14:13 PM PST

  •  one more thanks! (4.00)

    i have adopted you to be one of my Senators (since i am stuck with Santorum & Specter here in PA, and they really really do NOT "represent" me at all, or likely even care what i think as a registered Democrat.) i'm keeping Kerry as my other adopted Senator, since i can't have him as my President.

    and thank you for thanking US here, too!

    you keep on fighting the good fight, and we will as well.

    Proud Member of the Boxer Rebellion,
    Librarian

  •  Thank YOU so much (none)
    from one of your constituents.  I've been waiting for a Democrat to speak up for a few years now.  

    Proud that it was MY senator!

  •  Thank you (none)
    From a 12+ year resident of California (currently in Los Angeles).
  •  Thank you (none)
    I'm a one time Boxer staffer, and I've never been prouder of my former boss.

    Thank you for being our voice!

  •  Hey Barbara... (none)
    Keep up the good work. We've got your back.
  •  Finally, someone is saying the emperor has no (none)
    clothes. Thank you, Barbara Boxer for standing up for American democracy in not letting the Ohio delegates get through without some acknowledgement of the severe irregularities. Most people have no idea that someone could serve as czar of elections (determining who votes and what machines are allocated, and which provisional ballots are counted) and also co-chair an election campaign for one of the candidates. Whoda thunk that we be fooled twice with another Katherine Harris! The MSM is too busy covering Scott Peterson and such ilk to inform average Americans of how their votes are being hijacked. The recount in Ohio was a scam, too. It's harder to steal an election when there is a paper trail, but in Ohio, you just put a sticker over the undesired vote and fill in the Republican that is supposed to win! More spreading of Freedom and Democracy in dark caves is not the answer here!
  •  Dear Senator Boxer, (none)
    What you did was very courageous, among a group of men and woman who have absolutely no courage.  I don't think what you did was that miraculous, except for the fact that you were the only one doing it and you kept it alive.

    I watched you on the floor of the Senate and I thought you could have been a little more focused and hit a little harder.  I think they gave you too much time to fill.  I also think you should have called Rice a liar because she's no more than that.  I think you should have called attention to her and Bush's incompetence, clearly illustrated by their not paying attention when the intelligence information about bin-Laden became almost frenetic in August of 2001.  I think Bush should have been impeached for that.  

    However, without you, there wouldn't have been 11 other votes and you can rest assured that the biggest wimp in the Democratic Party, John Kerry would never have said anything without your cover.

    I heard Senator George Allen say that what you did was disgusting.  Maybe it's time to take the gloves off and go after Republicans because they are coming after all of you.  We all think the Democrats are not fighting the war they are in and they are too damn worried about their images and the Republicans in their state.

    The Democratic Party is filled with such cowardice and political prostitution.  If they would only follow your lead.  I was critical of how you did what you did but I am also so grateful that you did it.

    I also think it is so incredible that you came here.  There is so much going on here perhaps your colleagues should get off their butts and start reading the postings and the diaries here.  If John Kerry read the dailykos instead of getting lost in his political twilight zone were independents are Gods, he would have beaten Bush.

    The question is will you continue your courageous efforts to bring the truth to the American people?  My advice is go with your heart and don't be paralyzed by the independent voters in your next campaign, as Diane Feinstein is.  I think she's a disgrace and all of the protective votes she has taken, worrying about California Republicans, makes her unfit for her job.  To think people spoke of her as a presidential or vice presidential candidate, when the real jewel in California was you, is hard to believe.

    If every Democrat had half the spine you have, we'd be the majority party today.  Republicans have done one incredible job getting middle America to think that the GOP cares about them, while instead they target them, they laugh about them and ridicule them.  

    To think that when I was starting junior high school in 1961, the wealthiest Americans were paying 90% tax on their income over $400,000 (equivalent to $2.5 million today).  Today, they are paying 15% tax on dividend income while people in the middle class are paying close to 40% tax on their monumentally lower income.  It's one hell of a trick and one hell of a lie.  

    During that time and even after president Kennedy lowered the top rate to 70%, our country was building itself to be the power it is today.  Now, this crew of criminally hypocritical Republicans are on the way to breaking this country apart.  They are the antithesis of the raising tide that raises all ships.  Through their selfishness and arrogance and lying, they are taking out the middle class and ensuring that they don't have the ability to compete in the world market.  They can hardly stay afloat now.

    I was so excited when I saw your name as the author of a posting.  Coming here was so important because the people on this weblog are the ones who can help instigate change.  Without them, Kerry would have lost by 10 million votes and if he listened to them, he would have won by a decent margin.  If you can do anything, try to get you colleagues to wake the hell up because so many of us, I know I am, are ready to throw them away with the bath water.  I'm in NY and I am fed up with Hillary and Chuck Schumer.  But 33 of them showed how useless they are but voting for Rice.  That vote will be remembered and I don't think they should expect too much support.  Most of us would love to see Feinstein lose in her primary, among others.

    We are all very appreciative of what you did and we need more like you to keep us going.  Thanks for being so kind and so attentive and most of all, thanks for being a mench!  
         

  •  Thanks... (none)
    I'm from just over the potomac in Fairfax, VA..
    And if you haven't noticed D.C. votes 80% democrat all the time...must be because the residents get to see cool democrats like you kick ass and take names...

    Thanks for just giving a damn,

    -Matt-

  •  Thank you. (none)
    Senator Boxer, Thank you for standing up for truth. Thank you for your courage and for joining with us and giving us a voice.
  •  a second thank you (none)
    In an email I sent to you a couple weeks ago, I thanked you under my real name.  I thanked you for being a hero of Democracy, Ms. Boxer.  

    I'm proud to call you my Senator.  Your courage honors all of us.

    - Civil Sibyl

    Civil society is our collective creation. It's an honorable source of growth, mutual satisfaction and fulfillment. It's yours and mine to nurture, or nix.

    by Civil Sibyl on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 08:15:23 PM PST

  •  Barb--I am wowed and proud (none)
    to be a fellow democrat!

    You go gal!

    From a blue Barb in a Red State--VA

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 08:16:46 PM PST

  •  I guess you may have already gotten a few (none)
    hundred thanks from the people here at daily kos, but one more won't hurt and it will make me feel better too.  Thank you so much for all that you have done and are doing, for caring.  It makes me proud to have been a Californian for most of my life.  You rock.  I miss having you as a Senator.  Keep up the excellent work.  

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!!  

  •  Boxer for President 2008! (none)
    Just got my bumper stickers today (I ordered 15)!  My husband and I are both putting them on our cars and passing out the rest to Boxer fans at work.  We live in Los Angeles.
  •  Truth to Power (none)
    Senator Boxer,

    Thanks for speaking truth to power. There are some very fundamental assumptions which need to be re examined.  

    The corporate indutrial military complex has way too much power in this nation and by extension in the world.

    If these forces cannot be reigned in, they will destroy the world... as we know it and as we know it could and should be.

    This is not the 18th century when the founding documents were written, but the 21st and we need some PROGRESSIVE soultions to problems created in an 18/19th and even 20th century way of seeing things.

    Please keep up the struggle.

    JSOarchitect
    NYC

  •  Correction (none)
    No Ms Boxer, THANK YOU. Even though the confirmation didn't go the way any of would have wanted, at least we had a voice speaking for us in the process. You forced everyone to look at the reality of the situation for a couple hours and squirm.

    I'd give anything to have you as my Senator!

    See me @ http://liberalrage.livejournal.com/

    by luna on Sat Jan 29, 2005 at 01:47:16 PM PST

  •  Make that comment # 626, Kudos to Barbara Boxer (none)
      What's one more comment here?   Well, for our 2 loved ones deployed in Iraq, and now under orders for redeployment for 2nd tour in Iraq...and under Stop Loss orders just at the time they are to make a decision about whether to re-enlist or not....it might just mean the saving of lives.

      Thank you Senator Barbara Boxer, I heard you speak in the voice that has desperately needed to be heard and from one woman to another, sometimes it takes a woman to start to bring about common sense when the men are into their testosteren egos (hey, no offense intended to any men here).  

       Seriously, I cried the day I listened to you address Condoleeza Rice.  I cried because the absence of voices has created a loud silence and you broke the silence and are bringing out some of the other Congressional voices that needed to speak to this a long time ago.

    Courage doesn't always shout. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow

    by dyingwarriors on Sat Jan 29, 2005 at 03:45:04 PM PST

  •  Thank you/Now vote NO on Gonzales (none)
    Senator Boxer;
     Thank you for standing up for all Americans of conscience in exposing Condoleeezza Rice for the liar she is. Bush's appointess put their loyalty for him over their country, and that is not good for the people. Unfortunately, she is now Secretary of State, so please, don't give up the fight. And please, vote no on Gonzales as well and tell your peers in the Senate that the American people are watching. A vote for Gonzales is a vote for torture and the abridging of American civil liberties, and any Senator who votes for him really better think in the longterm for the continued protection of civil liberties in this country,  and also any aspirations they may have for re-election (especially since they wouldn't stand up for Americans for FAIR elections here!)
    Thanks again,
    Jan from NJ.
  •  It's so cool (none)
    that this thread is posted on PAC For a Change!

    It's a damned shame that it takes a woman to show a man what balls are for, but we sure are glad you did, Senator Boxer!

    Thank you for speaking up for us when few would dare to!

  •  Thank You! (none)
    Senator Boxer, you make me proud to be a woman, a Democrat and a member of this Community. I did have another name here, but when I heard your voice stand against Dr. Condolleezza, I changed it. At that time, I told my friends, "I'm going to send her flowers!" Obviously, it was an idea that quite a few people thought of, with good reason.

    I don't understand what other Democrats are doing, especially mine from NY, but we have your back.

    We need to take back our country and we need someone as brave and as strong as you to do it.
    Now, if we can only own a few tv stations....

  •  Please Read, Senator Boxer (none)
    Dear Senator Boxer,

    I really hate to be a downer because I do appreciate your standing up to that liar (and I too signed your petition), but she is still Secretary of State, so I would like to know what we can now do to keep these neocon, warmongering opportunists from initiating their full agenda for control of Middle East oil, (which will keep us at war for decades, (draft?) thus breaking this economy which is what anyone who hates this country is truly hoping for,) because that is what this is really all about.

    Are you familiar with, "Peak oil", Senator Boxer?
    I am sure you have heard of this theory, and while some do not believe we are yet there,  there are those who do believe that this year is the beginning of it and if so, it will drastically change life as we know it on this planet...and not for the better...Perpetual war is only part of that change, not to mention the environmental and economical effects of it.

    Believe me and do not misunderstand me, I truly do appreciate you standing up (which is really the job of every good Senator,) and I also believe you were sincere in doing so. I am simply so disillusioned with this illegal war and with the current circumstances we find ourselves in, because I see what is behind it (especially regarding using it as an excuse to take away basic freedoms of Americans, including academic freedom,) and I am hoping you will not only continue to stand up for the people, but will also disseminate the truth about Peak oil, and why this is really happening. The people must know the truth.

    Thanks for your time.

    You cannot see the truth through blind allegiance.

    by Patriot for Al Gore on Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 06:53:45 AM PST

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