Hints of re-election trouble for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer come from a 65-year-old travel agent from this leafy Los Angeles suburb who's a fellow Democrat.Woah, what a huge win this would be for conservatives if understandably frustrated Californian's managed to get rid of Boxer. Who cares about who replaces her? Boxer's so far entrenched in the loon wing, she really makes Pelosi look "nice".
To Helen Sargent, taxes and the national debt are too high, President Barack Obama has proved a disappointment and the Democratic Party needs new faces.
Boxer, who's seeking a fourth term this fall, "has been there too long," Sargent said. "All politicians have a shelf life."
Those are troubling words for Boxer, who won in a 20-point landslide six years ago but now faces the fight of her political career. The nation's economic woes – particularly intense in hard-hit California – and a difficult electoral year for Democrats have created a rough challenge for the 69-year-old liberal Democrat.
Boxer carried Westlake Village by 56 votes in 2004. She's quick to acknowledge the times have changed.
"It's going to be hard. It's going to be tough. I've said that from day one," Boxer told reporters in Los Angeles on Saturday.