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LOS ANGELES TIMES INTERVIEW / Barbara Boxer : A 'Cockeyed Optimist' in the Ultimate Cynical Men's Club

August 08, 1993|Robert Scheer | Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Times, is writing a book about power in America

A: There's no comparison. It's a smaller place. It's a more personable place. With very few exceptions--there are a couple--there's a lot of respect for each other. Your arguments can get very strong but there's always that bottom line. Respect.

Q: You don't think there's an institutional resistance to women?

A: No. And I want to talk about that because I expected it. But I have to tell you that I think that Anita Hill was such a trauma and learning experience for the senators that they just changed on the dime. I'm writing a book abut women in politics and I interviewed Barbara Mikulski (senator from Maryland) about this, and after the Thomas/Hill hearings were over, she and Al Gore teamed up and they held a series of discussion groups with experts on men and women communicating for the senators and their spouses. And she gave Al Gore a lot of credit 'cause he felt it was very important.

Q: So you feel at home in the Old Boys Club?

A: I will feel at home when everything starts going well.

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