I’ve read a few comments of people trying to justify Senator Boxer’s (D) comment “Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’ It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.” Woah, did you address him as Brigadier General Walsh when you said that? No, but you did get annoyed at him for something he thought was perfectly respectful. The Democrats are supposed to be the people’s party, not the “mightier than thou” party. That’s what some of them want to paint the Republicans as.
Senator Boxer called Secratary Rice ‘madam,’ three times in a hearing in which Rice testified before congress. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-boxer-maamjun19,0,5804401.story) And it was perfectly respectful of her not to call her secratary every time she addressed her. Madam is a respectful word that comes from England-used to address the queen or a princess. Ma’am is currently what military personnel use all the time to respectfully address civilian women. But no, it’s not good enough for Senator Barbara Boxer. I bet she would have complained if he used the word senator every time he addressed her, because he probably would have sounded like he was making fun of her.
What a prima donna. I hope she wouldn’t have said it if she saw how elitist and prideful it was, but even assuming she didn’t, it shows an attitude of superiority. And she’s a member of supposed the party of equality, the people’s party.