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Democrats Fear 87 Year-Old Dianne Feinstein Not Up For Looming Supreme Court Battle

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.

Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon has a suggestion that even Republicans can get behind.

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.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Andy. | September 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Her Communist Chinese bribers and Soras will not be happy.

      Expect a lot of big DEMS to “lil’ Ruthie” before election day.


        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | September 24, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        Rut Roh!

        From Weasel Zippers:

        Democrats To Introduce Bill To Term Limit Supreme Court Justices…


        Via OAN:

        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.

Why would the Democrats show their dirty underwear ?

“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.

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.


    UserP in reply to Olinser. | September 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    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.

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.

It won’t matter if Graham himself isn’t up for the fight. A big if.

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?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 24, 2020 at 4:07 pm

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.

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.

OleDirtyBarrister | September 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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.

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?

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.