[guest post by Dana]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has lost the support of abortion rights group NARAL after she hugged Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and praised his handling of the hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The group said that the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee “offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people. As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership.” Barrett is outspokenly anti-abortion and her nomination process was heavily criticized for being rammed through by Republicans just before the election. She will replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had voted in favor of abortion rights. Feinstein praised Graham at the end of this week’s hearings, Feinstein called it “one of the best Senate hearings that I’ve participated in.”
Oh, boo-hoo, you big, fat babies. (SWIDT?? NARAL…abortion…babies…) Civility and generosity are now something to disdain – especially when it crosses party lines. Or perhaps specifically to NARAL, when it lends further credibility to an already credible and legal process. Sorry, NARAL, just because you do not support ACB and are convinced that she will set women back a hundred years and force them all to wear granny-panties does not mean that the hearings are not credible – without or without Feinstein’s civility. Ask yourselves this: Why was Feinstein, a loyal abortion supporter who has herself criticized ACB, compelled to compliment Graham on the hearing? Maybe, just maybe she was compelled to tell him because it was true and because she is a mature woman who is able to remain gracious and humane during an ugly season in American politics. Shouldn’t that be applauded? Or are we so pathetic, so angry, so brittle, that to simply cross the political aisle TO PAY A COMPLIMENT AND OFFER A BIT OF HUMANITY is a deal-breaker? Who made that stupid rule? Look, I don’t agree with Feinstein about much of anything, but in this, I’m in her corner. The woman had an independent thought and with full agency, acted on it. Good on her.
If I was Feinstein, I think I would be more than just a little insulted by this group. They have essentially penalized a Democratic leader who has faithfully toed the party line and taken her professional obligations seriously, only to have her agency and actions put to some kind of pass/fail purity test. I feel like if I were the 87-year old Feinstein, who has been involved in politics for more than 40 years and found herself dumped for being truthful and kind, I wouldn’t hesitate to issue a well-deserved “Fuck You” to NARAL.
And about that wildly out of step with the American people claim? I’m pretty sure that about half the country disagrees and thinks the hearings and ACB are right in step with the American people. These kinds of sweeping declarations aren’t the convincing argument one might think they are, and they certainly don’t really lend any um, credibility to their argument.
Get out the smelling salts. You’ve been warned:
P.S. PUT ON YOUR DAMN MASKS *BEFORE* HUGGING IT OUT, PEOPLE!