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There’s an old adage in Washington D.C. – if you want a friend, buy a dog.

I’m sure she knew it already, but California Senator Dianne Feinstein was just reminded of that fact in a terribly brutal fashion and from members of her own party no less.

On Thursday, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article with the blunt headline ‘Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.’

Feinstein is the oldest sitting member of the Senate.

The long piece cited multiple anonymous sources, including an unnamed ‘California Democrat in Congress’ who alleged that they had to repeatedly reintroduce themselves to the senator over the course of a several hours-long conversation.

The vultures are circling.

To the majority of people working in and around Capitol Hill, you are only as interesting or useful to them as your connections and your access to political power.

Once you start to show signs of weakness and as your influence starts to fade, the knives come out.

On Thursday, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article with the blunt headline ‘Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.’

On Thursday, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article with the blunt headline ‘Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.’

On Thursday, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article with the blunt headline ‘Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.’

It is a deeply unforgiving and cutthroat culture. Many industries and professions are, including television news and Hollywood, but the world of politics is as ruthless as they come.

To a large degree, this is understandable. Senator Feinstein represents 40 million Californians. Her state of mind is an issue of public concern.

I don’t blame the journalist for writing it, and if I were a citizen of the state of California, I would be petrified right now.

This article is absolutely damning but also, quite frankly, cruel and manipulative.

The report also leans on ‘Four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers,’ who out of fear of being judged or being seen as unkind, refused to be named.

They claim to have ‘respect for the senator and her groundbreaking career,’ but that seems unlikely as one California Democrat’s staffer quipped that, ‘There’s a joke on the Hill, we’ve got a great junior senator in Alex Padilla and an experienced staff in Feinstein’s office.’

The main takeaway from these sources is that Senator Feinstein has good days and bad, but that she is often barely cogent and cannot get through a phone call without forgetting to whom she is speaking.

It is hard to read and sad to process what this means for Senator Feinstein’s legacy and life as well as the citizens of California.

Feinstein is a legend. She was mayor of San Francisco in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1992.

She has been chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and she has served her constituents honorably in the Senate for 30 years.

Feinstein is a legend. She was mayor of San Francisco in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1992. (Above) Dianne Feinstein announces she is running for the Senate seat held by John Seymour, March 4, 1992

Feinstein is a legend. She was mayor of San Francisco in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1992. (Above) Dianne Feinstein announces she is running for the Senate seat held by John Seymour, March 4, 1992

Feinstein is a legend. She was mayor of San Francisco in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1992. (Above) Dianne Feinstein announces she is running for the Senate seat held by John Seymour, March 4, 1992

 

It is hard to read and sad to process what this means for Senator Feinstein's legacy and life as well as the citizens of California. (Above) Senator Diane Feinstein (left) and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (right) hold up newly struck commemorative coins in, San Francisco in 2006

It is hard to read and sad to process what this means for Senator Feinstein's legacy and life as well as the citizens of California. (Above) Senator Diane Feinstein (left) and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (right) hold up newly struck commemorative coins in, San Francisco in 2006

It is hard to read and sad to process what this means for Senator Feinstein’s legacy and life as well as the citizens of California. (Above) Senator Diane Feinstein (left) and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (right) hold up newly struck commemorative coins in, San Francisco in 2006

She is not a modern ‘toe-the-line’ progressive Democrat and she will be remembered as a trail-blazing liberal hero with a long roster of accomplishments for the Democratic party.

She broke glass ceilings for women in politics and deserves to be respected – she has earned it.

Senator Feinstein is also 88 years old. She is older than the Golden Gate Bridge and still has two years left on her term.

She will be 90 when her current tenure as the senior senator from California ends.

The powers that be in the Democratic Party want her to resign so that California Governor Gavin Newsom can appoint her replacement.

They don’t want to leave that decision up to the voters in 2024.

But the reality is that the voters elected her in 2018, and the ethical issues surrounding this are murky. 

Reports of Feinstein’s decline have been circling in Washington D.C. and in the media for years – Democrats saw this as a time to strike and they took it.

The truth is that people aging poorly in the Senate are nothing new.

I can remember when I was in middle school and having lunch with my dad in the Senate dining room.

I watched Senator Strom Thurmond being wheeled to his table and a caregiver proceeded to put his napkin on him and help feed him.

My Dad told me to be respectful and not to stare. But I recall being confused as to how he could govern as a senator if he had trouble feeding himself.

Senator Thurmond served in the Senate for 48 years and died five months after leaving office in July of 2003, when he was 100 years old.

I watched Senator Strom Thurmond (above in 2003) being wheeled to his table and a caregiver proceeded to put his napkin on him and help feed him.

I watched Senator Strom Thurmond (above in 2003) being wheeled to his table and a caregiver proceeded to put his napkin on him and help feed him.

I watched Senator Strom Thurmond (above in 2003) being wheeled to his table and a caregiver proceeded to put his napkin on him and help feed him.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Senator Chuck Grassley is 88 years old. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above left), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Congressman James Clyburn are 82 years old. President Biden is 79 years old (above right).

Senator Chuck Grassley is 88 years old. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Congressman James Clyburn are 82 years old. President Biden is 79 years old. 

The list goes on, many of the octogenarians of Washington D.C. have an iron grip on power that they refuse to let go of.

If we are having this conversation about Senator Feinstein, why don’t we have this conversation about every octogenarian in politics?

I think one of the central questions is: why is it that this generation, in particular, has such abject fear of passing the torch on to the next generation?

No wonder nothing is being done in Washington.

I believe and I think many people agree that it is time to start having serious discussions about term and age limits in our government.

People are living longer and our ruling class is less inclined to accept their limitations and the normal things that go along with aging.

This is a conversation for the American people to have, and unfortunately, Senator Dianne Feinstein is the sacrificial lamb.

If she is in fact starting to mentally decline, the Democratic leadership should help her leave gracefully and speak to her in private, not take her out like a sniper from the left with anonymous articles being leaked to the press.

The Senate is supposed to be the gentleman’s institution.

Colleagues are supposed to be respectful of each other and articles like this undermine the institution.

Politics is a savage place and lions of the Senate like Dianne Feinstein deserve better than this.

No one deserves this treatment in their old age, particularly not her.

Source: Daily Mail

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