Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

A Chance at Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) (Roman Genn)
In the California Senate race, Republican Carly Fiorina tries to replace a heroine of the Left

This is a wacky year, politically, and it bids to be wackily wonderful, for Republicans. High on their wish list is the defeat of Barbara Boxer, the longtime senator from California. She is being challenged by a Republican newcomer: Carly Fiorina, a lifelong businesswoman. Boxer is the favorite in the race. But if strange things happen on Election Day, a Boxer defeat could be one of them — and Republicans will be dancing in the streets.

She is possibly the leftmost member of the Senate, Boxer is. And she is maybe the most partisan in style. (It’s been 15 years since

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