Aside from my personal opinions about Senator Barbara Boxer (now known as Ma'am), there is a point behind this post. The video speaks for itself. How does this woman get re-elected over and over again?
As for my point . . . US Senators were supposed to represent the interests of their state in all business regarding the federal government. The members of the House of Representatives were to represent the interests of the citizens within their various districts before the federal government.
But once the seventeenth amendment was ratified in 1913, US Senators were effectively removed from their state legislatures, now to reside full-time in DC. In practice, US Senators no longer represent their states, but their political parties. This re-structuring of the constitution has helped to create the kind of pomposity we see coming from Ma'am Boxer in this video. Senators no longer see themselves as public servants, but as an elite governing class, above the rabble . . . Sadly, this kind of condescending attitude coming from Ma'am Boxer toward a decorated brigadier general, is typical of virtually all senators from either party.
One way to put an end to this would be to return these people to their state legislatures (for six months of the year) and force them to represent the interest of their states, not their political parties. If you want a smaller, more responsive federal government, one place to start is with the repeal of the seventeenth amendment!
Here's a great discussion on the reasons why the seventeenth amendment was passed, and the ramifications and benefits of repealing it. Let's do it!