California Senator Barbara Boxer announced earlier this week that she won't seek reelection in 2016, via a weird video featuring her grandson and some freestylin'. In a statement, Vice President Joe Biden bid her farewell in the most Bidenish way possible, that is, by reminiscing about their "passionate" political connection. Reel it in, Joe. My god.

In a statement released via Twitter yesterday, Biden called Boxer "my soul mate in the Senate for a long time:"

Biden called Boxer "a passionate voice," adding, "I am sorry to see her go, but there are still two years left. And two years of Barbara Boxer is like having four to six years of any other Senator."

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The same day, L.A. Times ran a great editorial reflecting on Boxer, namely the 170+ times they've written about her, and her penchant for being "right in the middle of the fight," on the Violence Against Women Act, on environmental issues, and on social issues like abortion, even as far back as 1992, when the Times chastised her and fellow Senator Dianne Feinstein for focusing on them. "The board might not have always agreed with Boxer," it concluded. "But I doubt it would argue that the Senate will be a less interesting place without her." Amen.

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