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December 2, 2004
Boxer Goes Pro With Her Fiction

The AP reports that Barbara Boxer has broadened her fantasy world beyond her Senate voting record. Boxer will publish her first novel next autumn, a thriller with a leftist Senate heroine and an eeeeeeeeeevil conservatives as antagonists:

Infighting and power, alliances and revenge it's just another day in the Capitol. California Sen. Barbara Boxer has mined her workplace for a suspense novel in which the main character is an activist senator who does battle with right-wing ideologues.

That may sound familiar to anyone who knows the liberal Democrat's record. But Boxer said the as-yet-unnamed novel, her first, is purely a work of fiction, though the characters and scenes are drawn from her 12 years in the Senate.

"A lot of what is in the book clearly comes from my world," Boxer said. "The clash of the political and the personal, it became very interesting to me, and the role of the media in all of this. And so I took all of those things and I wrote a story."

The main antagonist is a right-wing journalist, an "idealogue" that certainly sprang from Boxer's fevered imagination. Boxer declined to mention how much Chronicle paid her in advance to publish her tome, but perhaps one of the three right-wing idealogues in the real-life mainstream media can find out how much she received for a first novel.

Perhaps I'm being a bit too tough on Ms. Boxer. It's possible that she makes a better author than politician. In fact, I'd say that's almost a lock.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 2, 2004 9:22 PM

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