Bloomberg on Boxer’s brisk, brusque behavior

Barbara Boxer in motionLast week’s Bloomberg Businessweek offered a somewhat light-hearted look at that most entertaining of animals, the U.S. legislator, in its natural habitat. The magazine spent two days in late March observing behavior on the House and Senate floors, and then turned to observers including the Hoover Institution’s Peter Schweizer; Daily Kos congressional expert David Waldman; and Wonkette editor/publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf for analysis.

Among the species observed were the “sustained touchers,” “power Blackberryers,” “iPad gamers,” “style mavens,” “peacemakers,” “primpers” and so on, but only one person got her very own category: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Here’s how the magazine described her:

The impassioned California senator virtually never stood still. She also popped small candies. Schweitzer: “She’s probably more feared than loved among staffers and colleagues.” Waldman: “She’s definitely high-energy. She’ll hit 10 to 15 people on her way to her Senate desk, then settle in.” Schoenkopf: “She has personally yelled at me twice.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Mike Shuchter

    It would be better for all if 10 to 15 people hit her instead.

  • Truthclubber

    @1 — That’s just great — advocate physical violence against a sitting and duly elected member of the US Senate.

    The founding fathers must be so proud of you as a representative of our current electorate…

  • ConcernedCitizen

    You tell ’em Truthclubber… it’s O.K. for Boxer to hit 10 to 15 people but not OK for the converse to be true… it’s ’cause she’s a girl, huh. Seriously, I think we both know the euphemisum ‘hit’ means talk to/hit up/harangue and Boxer is the best; many however describe her normal behavior as rhyming with ‘rich.’

  • Truthclubber

    @3 — we both know that Waldman meant “hit” as in “approach and proactively talk to”.

    We also both know that “Mike Shuchter” meant “hit” as in “physically strike without provocation, with intent to incure bodily injury” — to a sitting member of the US Senate.

    Gender and partisan alignment has nothing to do with it; decorum, law and decency DO.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Congress comprises two chambers: the Monkey House and the Higher Apes.