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Fiorina stands by strange comment about Boxer's hair

I don't think any of us expected the "year of the Republican woman" to begin with one of the party's best prospects, California U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina, making fun of Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Ca.) hair. But it did -- Fiorina, waiting for a TV hit, quoted an aide who "saw a Barbara Boxer briefing on television this morning and said what everyone says: God, what is that hair? Sooo yesterday." She stopped herself, apparently aware that the mic was picking her up.

And yet asked about this last night on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show, Fiorina passed on a chance to apologize. Van Susteren got Fiorina to say that she'd called Sean Hannity to apologize for a dig at him (in the same on-mic moment) and asked about Boxer.

VAN SUSTEREN: You said.. you're giving [Boxer] a little problem for her hair. You know, it's -- what do you got -- what do you have to say about that one, having -- all of us have suffered from the old bad hair...

FIORINA: Oh, you know, I was -- I was quoting a friend of mine. My goodness, my hair's been talked about by a million people, you know? It sort of goes with the territory.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, OK...

FIORINA: Especially when you don't have any. As you remember, I started out with none.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you may have to make a call to Senator Barbara Boxer, as well, but we'll see where that one goes. I don't know if she'll take your call.

Is there actually a case somewhere of a Democrat making fun of Fiorina's hair? This is minor, minor stuff, but one of the ways Republicans have ginned up opposition to Boxer is by painting her as rude and entitled -- they made much hay last year out of an incident where she beseeched a military witness to call her "senator" instead of "ma'am." So, odd to see Fiorina come out of the gate with so little respect for Boxer.

By David Weigel  |  June 10, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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