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0643, 04 May 22

Decline of Feinstein

There is no reason that voters have to accept an addled geriocracy. Feinstein was a force in her day, but the voters deserve an effective representative. Lookin’ at you to, Biden…

These days, however, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Democratic power broker who has served in the Senate for 30 years, is far from the towering presence she once was on the American political stage.


At 88, Feinstein sometimes struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, and at times walks around in a state of befuddlement — including about why she is increasingly dogged by questions about whether she is fit to serve in the Senate representing the 40 million residents of California, according to half a dozen lawmakers and aides who spoke about the situation on the condition of anonymity.


On Capitol Hill, it is widely — though always privately — acknowledged that Feinstein suffers from acute short-term memory issues that on some days are ignorable, but on others raise concern among those who interact with her.


0643, 04 May 2022


  1. Jason

    Seems to be contagious among the Democrats in D.C. Feinstein, Pelosi, Biden, Nadler, Schumer. It just shows the very low expectations of Liberal voters – Q: Does it have a pulse? Q: Is it not Trump? A: VOTE(s)!

  2. dad29

    The problem the D party has is this: there are no young up-and-comers, and damn few heavyweights under the age of 60, in general. Evers? Baldwin? Pritzker? Be serious.

    Actual leader-class: Newsom in CA, Manchin, possibly Murphy in NJ…….that list is short, indeed.

    So the gerontocracy continues by default.

    Might have been more under-50 heavyweights if they hadn’t all been aborted. Heh.

  3. Mar

    The Democrats would never go with Manchin and he really isn’t welcomed by conservatives.

  4. dad29

    The Democrats would never go with Manchin and he really isn’t welcomed by conservatives.

    Switch “Democrats” for “Republicans” in the above and you have Trump’s status in 2015

  5. jonnyv

    I know it would never pass, but I would be in favor of an upper limit on the age that you can run for office. 75, 80? After that, you are no longer allowed to run for public office. On both sides we see too many people who are passed their time, out of touch, and just in general not in tune. Yet they have the funds, and amassed power enough to stay in office. Both parties have a geriatric problem.

    Dad29, I disagree that the D’s has a few up and comers. Ruben Gallego, Stacey Abrams, AOC, Moulton. Those are the ones I can name off the top of my head. There are probably some I am forgetting.

  6. Jason

    jv, those up and coming “D” names you mentioned are the very gist of Musk’s tweet about how the “Center” is moving to the Left and people like him are now identifying as “Right”. That it’s not him that’s changed, but that the new “D” are too woke and progressive.

  7. dad29

    Jason’s got it. The more we learn about Abrams, the more she’s just another corruptocrat–like Biden but not with international graft–yet. AOC? You’re kidding!! There are squirrels who have a higher IQ than she. Never heard of the other two–which means they are not “up and comers” in any real sense for ’24 or ’28 (and I assume gratuitously that there will be a surviving (D) Party in ’28.) Conservative news/views sites mention ‘up and comer’ D’s all the time–and these two are never mentioned.

  8. jonnyv

    1. I wouldn’t trust the conservative new sites to give you an accurate view of actual up and coming Ds. You can do a bit of research yourself on them if you like. But none of the people I mentioned are ready for the ’24 election. They are still new and will probably be more apt for a ’28 time table. I think that if Biden decided to NOT run in ’24 (60/40 says he does, even if he claims he totally is), I think that the D party will roll out Buttigieg, Warren, Harris or Booker. And MAYBE Bernie tries again? And I would put money on all of them over Trump. It will be interesting if Desantos throws his hat into the ring.

    2. AOC is actually a smart person. You can disagree with her progressive politics, but she is well spoken and active. I will take AOC over what the right has to offer in MTG and Lauren Boebert right now.

    3. Musk has always claimed to be a libertarian. At least as long as I can recall. I have sided with democrats as long as I can remember. And while the right pushes further right, the left pushes further left. Both sides are polarizing.

  9. MjM

    Ruben Gallego: “Perfect time to impound and give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business.” – 2/22/22

    Stacey Abrams: Taxpayers left to cover $1.5+ million in bad loans from her fraud company NowAccount while she paid herself $300k/yr.

    AOC: is actually a smart person… “I Am Shook! Look, like, honestly, gardening — food, that comes out of dirt. Like, it’s magic!”

    AOC again, because it’s so damn easy: she is well spoken… ““Here in DC it’s like, so weird. It’s like everybody is like, a spy. Like, it’s so bizarre, It’s like – you could go out to get a coffee and the person that’s, like, sitting at a table in the corner of the restaurant is like, you know, like…Then they go and, like, they text all of their friends that they saw so-and-so at this cafe and it’s like, triangulation.”

    Seth Moulton: Who? Oh, that guy from… where?… ran for president in 2019… for four months. Yeah. That guy,

  10. Merlin

    Don’t forget Gavin Newsome. He thinks very highly of himself, very high profile, and minor king of a major state. All sizzle and no substance. The perfect modern Democrat.

    A sane choice would be the Hawaiian surfer girl.

  11. dad29

    “Surfer girl”–you mean the attractive dark-haired frequent guest of Tucker?

    First off, “sanity” is not the trademark of the (D) Party any more. Been gone since about ………..Obama.

    At this point, I have to decide whether I want to win TWO I.T. outfits which require only 40 hours/week on a bet made by someone who seriously thinks that Buttplug, Fauxcahontas, ‘Oral’ Harris, or Cory–the Truly Masculine Hetero–could defeat Trump. Put Trump aside, let’s go with DeSantis. Or Robin Vos. JD Vance, or maybe Tim Michels!…….man alive, taking money has never been so easy.

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