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4/13/2023

Dems to Dianne: Begone Already!

Filed under: General — JVW @ 6:37 am



[guest post by JVW]

This is no way to treat an old lady:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing pressure from within her own party to resign amid a lengthy absence due to her health.

Rep. Ro Khanna of California called on the longtime California senator to step down on Wednesday as she recovers from shingles.

“We need to put country ahead of personal loyalty,” Khanna said in a tweet. “While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties. Not speaking out undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people.”

Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota said he agreed.

“Senator Feinstein is a remarkable American whose contributions to our country are immeasurable,” he tweeted. “But I believe it’s now a dereliction of duty to remain in the Senate and a dereliction of duty for those who agree to remain quiet.”

Sen. Feinstein has missed the past two months of Senate duty while recovering from her bout with shingles. Earlier today, she asked Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to appoint a temporary replacement for her on the Senate Judiciary Committee so that her continued absence does not cause a vote deadlock.

Here’s guessing that the pressure will be too much for the near-nonagenarian to withstand. Already, Greasy Governor Gavin of the Golden State has made a promise on Joy Reid’s putrid MSNBC show to appoint a black woman to temporarily fulfill the role until the 2024 election. Watch the slickster operate in the clip below:

I’ve never cared for the San Francisco Senator who has stayed around in Washington for entirely too long and who, despite the hosannas she has received from the left-to-center-left media, will leave no real legacy apart for being the “longest serving member of this-or-that” or else “the first female Senator to serve in such-and-such position,” but even I am amazed at how the vultures are circling around her uninspired legislative career. A part of me finds it to be really sad, but a larger part of me thinks that this is exactly what politicians who overstay their welcome deserve. Anyway, it’s for the Democrats to figure out.

– JVW

22 Responses to “Dems to Dianne: Begone Already!”

  1. I voted for her opponent in 2018 specifically because of the risk of this. She can clearly no longer do her job and should go.

    aphrael (c66bf5)

  2. “We need to put country ahead of personal loyalty,”

    Is there an inconsistency when asking Feinstein to step down because she’s been out of work for health issues (shingles) but not asking John Fetterman, who was out of commission for close to the same amount of time for his own health issues (depression)? Both faced illnesses that left them unable to do their jobs. Both were duly elected by their constituents.

    If it’s an age issue, then what is the cap? Because Mitch McConnell, Bernie Sanders, and Paul Grassley are all octogenarians as well. And each of them still seems sharp as a tack. And then there’s President Biden…

    Ro Khanna and his party first, er uh, country first take is craven, but I think that’s the nature of the beast.

    Dana (1225fc)

  3. She’s horrible and needs to retire so they can put another, equally horrible, person in her place.

    Time123 (3be131)

  4. I am amazed at how the vultures are circling around her uninspired legislative career.

    One vulture. Ro Khanna. He goes after the old and weak. Mike Honda was his previous prey. And he would have to move to Pennsylvania to replace John Fetterman.

    nk (bb1548)

  5. Fellow octogenarian Nancy Pelosi says calling on Feinstein to step down is sexist:

    Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Pelosi called Feinstein a “champion for California” who “deserves the respect to get well and be back on duty.” “It’s interesting to me,” Pelosi continued. “I don’t know what political agendas are at work that are going after Senator Feinstein in that way. I’ve never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate that way.”

    Dana (1225fc)

  6. The need to find a sinecure for Kamala.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  7. Dana: The word of the day is “Ambition”. Getting appointed to senate seat and running for reeelection is so much easier than having to fight for it.

    Appalled (79e130)

  8. Is there an inconsistency when asking Feinstein to step down because she’s been out of work for health issues (shingles) but not asking John Fetterman, who was out of commission for close to the same amount of time for his own health issues (depression)? Both faced illnesses that left them unable to do their jobs. Both were duly elected by their constituents.

    That’s a great point. I guess if I were an anti-Feinstein Democrat I would replay that the major difference is that she has already announced an end-date to her career, so all she would be doing is accelerating it a bit. Whereas Fetterman still plans to serve for the next five-plus years. But I think you raise a good point about unequal treatment here.

    JVW (d37778)

  9. Getting appointed to senate seat and running for reeelection is so much easier than having to fight for it.

    Lord, it would be magnificent if Greasy Gavin makes good on his promise and appoints California Secretary of State Shirley Weber to the seat, and then Sen.-appointed Weber decides that, hey, she kind of likes the job and wants to run for a full term as the appointed incumbent. I would love to see Adam Schiff’s and Katie Porter’s and Ro Khanna’s heads explode (metaphorically speaking, of course) at this news. Just let them try to nudge a black woman, dialed in by her ranking on the intersectionality chart, out of the seat.

    You could even hear the justification for Ms. Weber’s candidacy: Hey, she’s already won a state-wide election for public office, which is more than any of the other schmoes have managed.

    JVW (d37778)

  10. She’s horrible and needs to retire so they can put another, equally horrible, person in her place.

    There’s always the option for “more horrible.” Eric Garcetti might like the job.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  11. Eric Garcetti might like the job.

    That would also be truly awesome: the guy who fought for his ambassador nomination for two full years would suddenly pack up and head back to the U.S. to campaign (I believe there is a rule that an ambassador has to immediately resign, should they become a candidate for elective office). That would be such a beautiful eff-you to the Biden Administration for standing by him through the battle.

    JVW (d37778)

  12. @9. People physically age differently. Some 80 year olds function well at demanding, pressure filled jobs [for example, now nearly 93, Clint Eastwood was actively directing movies at 80 years old] some 80 year olds flame out: lawmaker Pelosi professes trust in Biden’s judgement and clucked Trump must prove his innocence rather than being innocent until proven guilty. If Feinstein fails the walk up the airplane steps like Joey keeps doing, can Newsom appoint himself senator?

    DCSCA (4c559e)

  13. Getting appointed to senate seat and running for reeelection is so much easier than having to fight for it.

    Ask Mr. Smith when he went to Washington. 😉

    DCSCA (4c559e)

  14. Lord, it would be magnificent if Greasy Gavin makes good on his promise and appoints California Secretary of State Shirley Weber to the seat

    Or London Breed, who is facing a tough re-election in SF.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  15. JVW, speaking of age issues, just an aside postscript observation, but did you notice that when deplaning in wet Ireland off AF1, Joey was using a much shorter set of stairs that deploys out of the lower fuselage of the aircraft from the cargo area rather than walking down the usual taller set that rolls up to the door from the passenger area. Perhaps they feared he’d trip and slip again… but clearly he is having an increasingly harder time walking.

    DCSCA (4c559e)

  16. RIP: Anne Perry, 84.

    Anne Perry, the prolific London-born author of historical and socially conscious crime fiction who in her teens served five years in prison for murder, a sordid past that came to wide attention with the release of a 1994 movie, died on Monday in Los Angeles. She was 84.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  17. . . . Joey was using a much shorter set of stairs that deploys out of the lower fuselage of the aircraft from the cargo area rather than walking down the usual taller set that rolls up to the door from the passenger area.

    I didn’t notice that, but I haven’t really been following any of the live coverage. From what I read in the British conservative press, the President is once again embarrassing himself on the international stage.

    JVW (d37778)

  18. @17. JVW:

    Joe Biden confuses All Blacks with Black and Tans during Ireland trip

    White House edits transcript after US president referred to military force rather than New Zealand rugby team.

    ‘The White House has corrected a gaffe by Joe Biden that confused New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team with the British military force known as the Black and Tans that terrorised Ireland. An official transcript of the remarks released on Thursday crossed out “Black and Tans” and inserted “All Blacks” instead.

    The US president made the slip during a speech in the Windsor pub in Dundalk on Wednesday night on the first day of his three-day visit to Ireland. Biden was thanking Rob Kearney, a distant cousin who played in an Irish rugby team that beat New Zealand, for the tie he was wearing. “This was given to me by one of these guys, right here. He was a hell of a rugby player. He beat the hell out of the Black and Tans.”

    Ireland’s rugby team won a famous victory against the All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2016. Irish rebels fought a bloody conflict against the Black and Tans – an auxiliary military force nicknamed for the colors of their uniforms – during the 1919-21 Irish war of independence.

    Biden’s Irish government hosts winced but it was too late. The mistake swiftly trended on Twitter and zinged around international media coverage of the visit.

    “Gaffe spoils Biden’s charm offensive,” said a Times headline. The New York Post declared it a “cringeworthy gaffe”.’ – https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/apr/13/white-house-corrects-black-and-tans-to-all-blacks-after-biden-gaffe

    DCSCA (4c559e)

  19. Tangential but related based on city the subject became mayor… not a bum, thug or that type of immigrant:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/04/13/tech-consultant-arrested-in-stabbing-death-of-cash-app-founder-bob-lee.html

    urbanleftbehind (7bc346)

  20. Diane feinstein isn’t the only democrat pressured to leave their post. Hakeem jefferies who is now a corporate establishment stooge used to be a louis farrakan supporting black militant anti-semite to curry favor with the black community of harleem and get elected to congress before becoming a nancy pelosi protege and corporate stooge like kyrsten synema. Looks like the leftists in the house are clearing out the corporate stooges.

    asset (fb9a1b)

  21. OT- 53 years ago today, April 13, 1970– when America was truly great; the ‘odyssey’ began…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdvoA-sjs0A&t=14s

    “Uh, Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Jim Lovell

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8BsEmyswaY&t=7s

    DCSCA (ab6bcd)

  22. @21 May 4 1970 kent state “Uh, America we have a problem.” Minorities and decent white people know America is greater today even though the racests and fascists disagree.

    asset (51c5dc)


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