Democrats Fear 87 Year-Old Dianne Feinstein Not Up For Looming Supreme Court Battle
“If you take a look at Kavanaugh, we may be short two senators because of that. And if this gets [messed] up, it may be the same result.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is the Democratic party’s ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. Now that we’re headed into another Senate battle over a Supreme Court justice confirmation, some Democrats worry that she isn’t up to the fight.
Did I mention that Feinstein is 87 years old?
John Bresnahan and Marianne Levine write at Politico:
Democrats worry Feinstein can’t handle Supreme Court battle
As the Senate prepares for yet another brutal Supreme Court nomination fight, one particularly sensitive issue is creating apprehension among Democrats: what to do with 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, is widely respected by senators in both parties, but she has noticeably slowed in recent years. Interviews with more than a dozen Democratic senators and aides show widespread concern over whether the California Democrat is capable of leading the aggressive effort Democrats need against whoever President Donald Trump picks to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Judiciary Committee is the critical battleground in the Supreme Court confirmation process. At stake, her own Democratic colleagues worry, is more than just whether the party can thwart Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his rush to fill the seat. Some Democrats privately fear that Feinstein could mishandle the situation and hurt their chances of winning back the majority.
Feinstein sometimes gets confused by reporters’ questions, or will offer different answers to the same question depending on where or when she’s asked. Her appearance is frail.
So Feinstein appears frail and isn’t as sharp as she used to be? I’m just thinking out loud here, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s 87 years old.
According to the report, some of Feinstein’s colleagues threw her under the bus:
A Democratic senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a group of Feinstein’s colleagues want Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) or Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to serve as the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel for the upcoming nomination hearings, which are expected to be extraordinarily contentious. This senator is worried that potential missteps by Feinstein could cost Democrats seats.
“She’s not sure what she’s doing,” the Democratic senator said of Feinstein. “If you take a look at Kavanaugh, we may be short two senators because of that. And if this gets [messed] up, it may be the same result.”…
Another Democratic senator said party leaders were “in an impossible position,” pointing out that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and other senior Democrats can’t replace a female senator for hearings on an expected female nominee to replace a deceased female Supreme Court justice.
Feinstein actually reacted to this report with surprise.
J.Edward Moreno reported at The Hill:
Feinstein ‘surprised and taken aback’ by suggestion she’s not up for Supreme Court fight
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is rejecting suggestions that she is not prepared to handle an upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight.
Democratic sources told Politico in a story published Wednesday that there is concern that Feinstein, 87, is not capable of leading an aggressive push against the Supreme Court nominee President Trump picks to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I’m really surprised and taken aback by this. Because I try to be very careful and I’m puzzled by it,” Feinstein told Politico. “My attendance is good, I do the homework, I try to ask hard questions. I stand up for what I believe in.”
Some people have suggested this is really about other related issues.
Dems (Two Weeks Ago): 87 year old RBG is a kweeen and should stay on the Court!
Dems (Today): 87 year old DiFi is a vegetable! https://t.co/G1mWOv20gS
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 23, 2020
Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon has a suggestion that even Republicans can get behind.
If you are concerned about Feinstein helming the Democratic side of the dais during the confirmation hearing, but also worried about the sensitivities of pushing her aside, there is an easy solution:
Dems boycott the hearing
This whole charade is illegitimate anyway.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 23, 2020
Excellent idea. The hearing would be much smoother without the Democrats.
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Again, the Dems. projecting
This whole charade is illegitimate anyway.
If anyone is up to illegitimate stuff it is the Dems.
When they say she’s not “up to it”… what they mean is she may not attempt the whole Kavanaugh smear campaign again to their satisfaction.
Her Communist Chinese bribers and Soras will not be happy.
Expect a lot of big DEMS to “lil’ Ruthie” before election day.
From Weasel Zippers:
Democrats To Introduce Bill To Term Limit Supreme Court Justices…
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies and preserve the court’s legitimacy.
The new bill, seen by Reuters, would allow every president to nominate two justices per four-year term and comes amid heightened political tensions as Republican President Donald Trump prepares to announce his third pick for the Supreme Court after the death on Sept. 18 of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with just 40 days to go until the Nov. 3 election.
Excellent editorial on how the Democrats have lost the corrupting power they perversely crave – after 4 generations of the “long march” through take-over and destruction of all U.S. institutions……..
With Ginsburg’s Death, Cue The Last Stand Of American Marxists
“You don’t need to have a dog’s keen nose to smell the fear and desperation that clings to these people, however. It is palpable in their behavior, their rhetoric and their over-reaction to everything Trump does or might do.
And their act is tiresome. The American people have fear porn fatigue. It’s showing up in the polls and its showing up in their hysterics.”
Why would the Democrats show their dirty underwear ?
leave nadler out of this one
Nadler doesn’t have to show those, because he’s doing on his business suit.
The DEMS are scared sh…..less literally…….
“My attendance is good, I do the homework, I try to ask hard questions. I stand up for what I believe in.”
Sounds like she’s trying hard for one of those Participation Prizes.
Politicians that hold onto their offices well past their prime do their parties and their constituents a disservice. Retire at a reasonable age and allow someone new bring in fresh ideas.
Diane F. wasn’t elected queen – she should have retired years ago, and RGB made the fatal mistake of not retiring during the Obama years when she could have been safely replaced with another far left judge.
At least in this case, their self-serving mistakes are to the advantage of Republicans for once.
They are all pathological and self-reverential narcissists. These Dhimmi-crats enjoy wielding power, for the sense of importance that it gives them, as well as for power’s sake, itself.
Also in Pelosi & Di-Fi’s cases enriching ($$$) their families …..not only their husbands but children.
Grandchildren also no doubt…..
Great Grandchildren also.
If they’re trying to delay or beat a well qualified nominee, they can expect to lose more Senate seats, and it wouldn’t matter who is serving as ranking member of the committee.
I was looking forward to the Dems laying down at the entrance to the chamber and Mitch telling the Reps to wear cleats.
Just like Ginsburg, if you were concerned about her ability to do her damn job, maybe you should have done something BEFORE she was required to perform critical jobs for you.
But no, Democrat power mongering means that 80+ year old goats with zero intelligence are given ranking member status.
You would think it would be Biden that they would be concerned about not being able to do the job. In any case I laugh along with you about good ole over the hill
Feinstein, HA HA.
With Kavanaugh, DiFi ably led the “Cleaning of the Augean Stables” quite well. For Republicans.
Back during the Kavanaugh confirmation brouhaha Ford’s accusations were trotted out as the Democrats’ version of an October surprise, but to their surprise the GOP caucus didn’t do what they wanted/expected and abandon him.
So now in addition to questioning her mental competence history needs to be rewritten to show that it was Feinstein’s fault that the Ford gambit failed.
As for the fact she’s the ranking member of the committee because of her seniority, the House Democrats have the same issue: Get to be the top Democrat on a committee and you can sit in that spot for decades.
87 yrs old and a multi millionaire.
started government jobs in the 60’s. cannot find anything that said she ever had job/career in private sector.
She’s a multi-millionaire because she owns half of her husband’s fortune. That’s all.
Said fortune largely acquired via China dealings. No connection to his wife being a Senator, of course.
Oh, dear me, never! That would be WRONG.
Umm, yeah. You go on believing that’s all it is if it makes you happy. Washington DC is the place people go to do good, and end up doing well.
It won’t matter if Graham himself isn’t up for the fight. A big if.
You’re questioning who has the biggest pair?
The Dems don’t do history. They have forgotten how well they did in Wisconsin when they all moved to Illinois to try to thwart Scott Walker and the Republicans.
Please, boycott the hearings
They’re worried that another “the dogma is strong…” anti-Catholic tirade won’t play well with the voters, especially this close to the election.
They’re dropping like flies…
“Feinstein sometimes gets confused by reporters’ questions, or will offer different answers to the same question depending on where or when she’s asked. Her appearance is frail.”
Why isn’t she running for President?
That was mean and nasty. And, I liked it.
Tucker: The left’s extreme reaction to Ginsburg’s death
Related. Very good to watch.
Government must be a good job staying until your put in the ground.
It’s like that Dire Straits hit song….
“Money for nothing, and your…..
… money for lyin’ and yer perks fo’ free …
Democrats have decided that it would be a good idea to replace their female Judiciary Chair with a man named Dick to attack a female Supreme Court nominee. That seems like bad politics.
She could probably still intimidate Sen. Murkowski. Who is totally without a spine.
People like Dianne do very little of the work on these hearings. They all have a staff full of people who do the grunt work and digging. Someone on her staff writes up her opening statement and prepares a few questions to ask, usually in conjunction with other committee members of the same party. This is all a staged show for the cameras. If she needs to intervene as ranking member she will be prompted by a staffer. The ranking member and chair get more staff than the others.
You won’t see her in front of the media after the fact, that is Durbin’s job plus a few others.
“The bigotry lives loudly in Feinstein.”
Amazing how these utterly worthless and useless Dhimmi-crat apparatchik-fossils manage to enjoy their cozy sinecures for four or five decades, after already having worked in government. Nobody in the private sector lasts this long, because they’re doing actual and substantive work.
The crazies in the DNC-CPUSA are trying to use reverse psychology on Feinstein and received the cooperation they sought from the propaganda outlets like Politico.
By publicly questioning Feinstein’s mettle, acuity, ability and commitment to the great progressive agenda, they hope to anneal her and harden her resolve. They want to see old Diane respond by raising hell on the committee when the hearings come to impress her peers and show them she is not too old to cut it.
This old scumbag Feinstein was corrupted by the Chinese Communists long, long ago.
Yeah, and all got away free as a bird
Adam Shiftless is being lined up to take the Di Fi seat when she goes. Funny that Gavin Newsom doesn’t want to be paired with his ex-girlfriend as the other California Senator.
Wonder if that combo would be the first time in history that the two Senators from the same State slept together?
Huh? What are you talking about? When were Newsom and Harris ever involved with each other?
Early 2000’s when Kammy and Gavin both worked for Willie Brown. Kammy was the reason Gavins marriage to Kimberly Guilfoyle ended. Several authors have asked Guilfoyle to confirm the details, but she will not comment until after the election.
I’ve read about Gruesome’s affair with Kamala before also.
What a Gruesome Twosome!
Two greasy, Machiavellian and self-serving snakes.
A blogger from SF said that in the early 2000’s Gavin was known as “Threesome Newsom” and that supposedly was the last straw for Kimberly…
Franken-Feinstein is the Dem’s liability. You gotta dance with who brung you. Good luck – hopefully her Chinese Communist China driver will assist her in her dementia. I recommend the Catholic dogma line of questioning again!
Who ate all the popcorn!?
This hag is 87? You think she would have made enough money from her CCP buddies and gone home years ago.
Another fossil who needs to go…
What is worse for the Democrats is that they decided to have mail-in voting at the time when a couple of special elections for Senator may, in fact, allow them to stop the SCOTUS replacement. With the mail-ins, the outcome of the election will be delayed thus giving the Republicans more time to complete their SCOTUS confirmation before the special election allow the new Senators to be sworn in.
In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathon Swift writes about a people known as Struldbrugs. These people never die, and at age eighty are legally declared dead. Their estates are given to the heirs, and they are given a modest pension.
As Swift wrote, there is good reason for doing this:
Otherwise, as avarice is the necessary consequence of old age, those immortals would in time become proprietors of the whole nation, and engross the civil power, which, for want of abilities to manage, must end in the ruin of the public.
We can see the damage done by old geezers like Feinstein, Ginsburg, Biden, Pelosi, and other too numerous to list here.