"Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, an appalling scold from California, wasted no time yesterday in dragging the debate over Iraq about as low as it can go – attacking Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for being a childless woman," the New York City tabloid reported on its front page Friday. "Boxer was wholly in character for her party – New York's own two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, were predictably opportunistic – but the Golden State lawmaker earned special attention for the tasteless jibes she aimed at Rice."
Boxer asked Rice, who was defending Bush's new Iraq policy to the Senate, "Who pays the price?"
"I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."
Then, Boxer said to Rice, "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."
"Breathtaking," the Post observed. "Simply breathtaking. We scarcely know where to begin."
The paper wrote that Boxer "apparently believes that an accomplished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman."
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