The hits just keep on coming in California, the state that has cornered the market on powerful female Democrat politicians.
These women are constantly in the news and are always perfect sources for evil anti-GOP sound bytes so today I’d like to share with you a few mini-bios of some of the best of the worst in California.
First up, Maxine “Tea Party Can Go To Hell” Waters, famous for her Freudian slip about Democrats and Socialism.
“This liberal will be all about socializing, uh, uh… would be about basically about taking over the government running all of your companies.”
(By the way if you want a little chuckle, watch Waters saying this on YouTube and take a look at the two people sitting next to her trying to suppress their laughter. Priceless.)
In a recent speech in Denver, Waters said Republicans are waging a war on women on issues ranging from health care to wage disparity. As always, she reminded her audience that all Republicans want to do is attack Obama. (Note: She forgot to mention Republicans are racists in this particular speech. I tried to contact her speechwriter about this major oversight but he hasn’t returned my call…)
“We cannot allow the opportunities that America stands for to be eroded by those who simply want to bring this president down,” Waters said.
“After a good night sleep, I wake up the next day, and I say, ‘Come on, Tea Party, let’s get it on.’” The crowd went nuts.
Maxine, in office since 1991, seems to be the pillar of morality and respect among Democrats—despite being called one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
Of course one of the reasons she landed on the list was because of her 2010 ethics charges. In a nutshell, in 2008 Waters and her husband were personally involved in making sure their pet bank, OneUnited, received $12 million in TARP bailout money. (Their buddy bank executive Kevin Cohee just had to find some way to pay for his company-financed Porsche and beachfront mansion…)
Regardless of the ethics charges and the fact that her 35th District hovers around 16% unemployment, Maxine Waters remains in office. Star Parker tried to challenge her seat in 2010 saying, “Waters’ career has been built on spending other people’s money and building a culture of dependence in Black America for which blacks are paying a very dear price today.” Sadly for the people in South Central L.A., Parker lost—but for more information about the very interesting world of Maxine Waters, check out this juicy article about her on RedState.com.
Another major California Democrat is San Francisco’s sweetheart, Nancy “The Word” Pelosi. Some fun facts about Nancy–she has been a politician since 1987. She is a big supporter of Occupy Wall Street in spite of the fact that she is the 9th richest member of Congress with a net worth of $196,299,990. Her favorite pastimes are taking long walks on the beach and using veiled threats against the GOP and Tea Party.
Most recently Pelosi went on a rant against the good folks who are trying to investigate the Fast and Furious case. Never mind that over 300 people are dead—this case is all about “voter suppression” and trying to smear Eric Holder’s pristine name.
“I’m telling you, this is connected,” Pelosi said. “It is no accident, it is a decision, and it is as clear as can be. It’s not only to monopolize his time, it’s to undermine his name.”
And then we have Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer.
Boxer, in office since 1993, has offered support of Code Pink while turning her back on our military every chance she gets. She has supported illegal alien rights while ignoring the rights of legal citizens in California. Barbara Boxer also claims to be uber-sensitive to women’s issues—other than that time she denigrated Condoleezza Rice for being childless.
In 2007 Boxer said, “I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You’re not going to pay a personal price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”
Then White House Press Secretary Tony Snow called her attack on Rice’s status as a single, childless female “a great leap backward for feminism.”
Last but not least, we have Senator Diane Feinstein, in the Senate since 1992. Feinstein is another very vocal, very loud voice both in California and on the national scene.
Here are a few awesome quotes from Feinstein:
“Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.” (Feinstein, Associated Press 11/19/93)
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right ban,
picking up every one of them. ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in,’ I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.” Feinstein on CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes,” 2/5/95
Few people remember (or mention) the major scandal that almost ripped Feinstein’s political career to shreds in 2005, but boy was it a doozy.
For six years Feinstein was a member of the Military Construction Appropriations (MILCON) subcommittee. During that time she had a major conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars (billions with a ‘b’) for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.
Although Feinstein resigned from the subcommittee, Ed Morrissey made a great point when he said, “Wasn’t it the Democrats who insisted that the Republicans jumped into bed with lobbyists and special interests? Well, now we have a senior Democrat who made sure that over a billion dollars of federal money got routed through her own checkbook, with her husband as proxy. When can we expect to see a Democratic investigation into this brand of corruption?”
Somehow, just like Maxine Waters, Feinstein’s ethics case simply disappeared from the public’s view.
Ironically Feinstein, who is constantly railing against the “war on women” and the inequality in pay between men and women, also apparently needs to rail against her own self. Recent records have disclosed that there is a 41% difference in pay amongst the men and women in Feinstein’s office where female staffers were paid approximately $21,000 less than men. Oops.
Hopefully Californians will take the opportunity this November to finally vote a few of these powerful (not uncorrupt) women out of office. Pelosi, Waters and Feinstein’s seats are all up for grabs and while I’d love to be positive I’m doubtful they’ll be packing their bags anytime soon.
In the recent California primaries, no Republican dared to even challenge Waters. Pelosi garnered her usual 74.5% of the vote with her closest challenger John Dennis getting 14%. Feinstein brought in 49.4% of the vote, her competitor Elizabeth Emkin 12.6%.