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Some Democrats Reportedly Concerned Sen. Dianne Feinstein No Longer Mentally Fit to Serve

Some Democrats Reportedly Concerned Sen. Dianne Feinstein No Longer Mentally Fit to Serve

“They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent the nearly 40 million people of California.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is 88 years old. According to a new report, some of her Democrat colleagues have concerns about her ability to carry out her job duties.

Their complaints are similar to conservative concerns about Joe Biden’s advanced age and mental acuity.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions

When a California Democrat in Congress recently engaged in an extended conversation with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, they prepared for a rigorous policy discussion like those they’d had with her many times over the last 15 years.

Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein multiple times during an interaction that lasted several hours.

Rather than delve into policy, Feinstein, 88, repeated the same small-talk questions, like asking the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, they said, with no apparent recognition the two had already had a similar conversation.

The episode was so unnerving that the lawmaker — who spoke to The Chronicle on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic — began raising concerns with colleagues to see if some kind of intervention to persuade Feinstein to retire was possible. Feinstein’s term runs through the end of 2024. The conversation occurred several weeks before the death of her husband in February…

Four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers and the California Democratic member of Congress told The Chronicle in recent interviews that her memory is rapidly deteriorating. They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent the nearly 40 million people of California.

The advanced age of some Democrats is something the party is going to have to deal with at some point.

As Ed Morrissey of Hot Air points out, replacing Feinstein wouldn’t be difficult for California Governor Gavin Newsom:

The easiest thing for them to do would be to jolly Feinstein along for the next two years and ask her not to run in 2024, which she’s probably not inclined to do anyway. But if her capacity has declined as badly as the SF Chronicle article indicates, then she’s probably not capable of continuing in office. They would need her to resign and allow Gavin Newsom to appoint a successor that could then run for a full term in 2024.

That would most likely be Ro Khanna, but Newsom might feel pressure to appoint a woman to that position — Karen Bass, who would also check the box on having California’s first black woman in the US Senate. Whomever Newsom appoints would have the inside track on the Democratic primary for the seat in 2024, but not necessarily a lock on it.

Feinstein joined the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1969, became mayor of the city in 1978, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992. She will be 89 in June of this year.

If she worked in the private sector, she would have been retired long before now.


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Karen Bass would not be the first Black women to serve as Senator from California. Is our memory that short?

Lucifer Morningstar | April 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm

Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions

Feinstein? Feinstein?!??! The democrats are worried about Feinstein??!? Perhaps they should stage an intervention with President PotatoHead and convince him to resign before worrying about Dianne Feinstein. In fact, both should get the heave ho. Along with Pelosi and the rest of the geriocracy now pretending to run the country.

So Newsom can appoint her replacement before the election and still run an incumbent for the seat. How handy for the Dems.

    buck61 in reply to Gosport. | April 14, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Newsome would appoint himself, that is the job he really wants. Khanna is too young and Newsome may not ever beat him in an election.

WasTaiwanese=NowFullAmerican | April 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

“No longer mentally competent to serve”

Doesn’t that describe Democrat voters?

Since they changed the POTUS job description she is now eligible for that postition. So the obvious solution is to move her to President and let Joe Biden go back to driving a truck.

Hunter’s laptop, COVID’s origin, Cuomo’s crimes, Epstein’s blackmail, Kennedy’s assassin, Hillary’s server, the New World Order, racial replacement, and now Feinstein’s senility — isn’t it truly amazing how Republicans invariably know the truth of stuff years sooner than Democrats “discover” it.

    Ironclaw in reply to henrybowman. | April 14, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Not almost.

    zennyfan in reply to henrybowman. | April 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Please stop using that word. It is extremely offensive to many women. (And yes, I can stop reading the site if I don’t like it, and I will if I see it again.)

      Paul in reply to zennyfan. | April 14, 2022 at 9:58 pm

      The word is intended to be offensive. That’s the beauty of it. When writing about Democrats, nothing less will do.

      And what makes you think it only applies to women? You may need to open your mind to the true meaning of the word.

        jackphat in reply to Paul. | April 14, 2022 at 10:36 pm

        Samatha Bee & Sally Fields made this word famous at the expense of Ivanka Trump. Since both are skanks and or douchebags of the first order, please don’t repeat their error.

        henrybowman in reply to Paul. | April 15, 2022 at 12:08 am

        Best way to do that is to watch both seasons of “The Boys.”
        It’s so popular, people in autograph lines actually ask Karl Urban to call them that.

        M Poppins in reply to Paul. | April 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm

        NO IT ISN’T OFFENSIVE TO WOMEN – it’s offensive to you. signed, A Woman

      CommoChief in reply to zennyfan. | April 15, 2022 at 10:39 am


      Why do you choose to be offended and, by your admission, grant someone else the power to push you into voluntary exile based on a single word? Sticks and stones ….

      CommoChief in reply to zennyfan. | April 16, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      On this point you are well behind the curve of popular culture by about four decades. All these terms and others are quite common in music, movies, television programs, comedy shows.

      Sticks and stones…..

I would submit that any democrat is mentally unfit to serve.

I’m pretty sure that the internal d/prog diversity Olympics does not quite to a woman being automatically appointed. Recall the squabble between various interest groups when a replacement was chosen for Harris. In that case a black woman (actually Jamaican and Indian, raised in Canada) was replaced with Padilla, a Hispanic male.

So will the growing numbers of Asian voters in CA and loyal d/prog foot soldiers patiently waiting their turn be told, yet again, to wait till next time? Does Ro Khanna, an Indian American from Philadelphia count as an ‘Asian Californian? He only lived in CA for three years before his first congressional run, winning his second attempt v Mike Honda. How about the many African Americans who were loyal foot soldiers for the d/prog being told yet again that it’s not your turn?

Ultimately I don’t care but I love watching the d/prog powers forced to explain Calvin ball rules to their base which is steeped in the politics of the diversity Olympics, patronage, set asides and special carve outs.

    M Poppins in reply to CommoChief. | April 15, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    “Jamaican” IS Black. She’s just as Black as Obama.

      CommoChief in reply to M Poppins. | April 16, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      Not exactly. ‘Black’ for most people means the shared cultural experiences of former slaves in the USA, through the civil rights era. Immigrants do not share that cultural history. Another way to conceptualize this distinction would be to imagine who might qualify for reparations from the US based on the claims of their antecedents for their treatment in the US. Latecomers via immigration have no claim on any portion of that historical and cultural experience.

      CommoChief in reply to M Poppins. | April 16, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Another point; the guy who founded Sandals Resorts, Gordon Stewart, who born in Jamaica is not ‘black’. Ergo Jamaica does not automatically equal ‘black’ or African descent; it’s a nationality.

I’ve been saying for years (Just ask my wife!) that the Democrat Party has become a gerontocracy. It’s not just Feinstein and Biden. Look at Pelosi and Schumer. Both of them are also showing age-related cognitive decline.

And you go to the next rank below each of them, it’s not much better. But the party keeps propping them up anyway, because the leader is not to be questioned!

It’s terrifyingly similar to the old Soviet Union.

    Russ from Winterset in reply to irv. | April 14, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    At least when Republicans send the elderly to D.C., they send those who are still compos mentis. Iowa’s Chuck Grassley is older than Biden, but mentally he still runs rings around him.

    Peabody in reply to irv. | April 14, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    They need someone like Benjamin Button to run for office.

      Hollymon in reply to Peabody. | April 16, 2022 at 11:34 am

      Great idea! The term limit would be built in. Eventually, Ben would be too young to serve. You’re on to something here.

When was she ever mentally fit?

Whoa … Wasn’t the first black woman in the Senate from Commiefornia Kamala Harris, currently the vice-whore?

She must be showing signs of integrity.

It sounds like she’s going through the stages of progressive old age that I saw my mother go through. It won’t get any better, and will gradually get worse. But if she just follows the party line on all her votes, she can probably get through the rest of her term even on her bad days.

    Gosport in reply to OldProf2. | April 14, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Senate committee votes may still be done by proxy so she’d only have to personally make the votes taken on the Senate floor.

What communist is ever mentally fit to serve?

Headlines from 1993.

I have been saying that Fine Swine is mentally unfit since her decsion to leak details of the Night Stalker investigation.

‘Night Stalker’: How Dianne Feinstein Jeopardized the Search for Serial Killer Richard Ramirez.

Like the rest of the DOLTS from kalifornia this windbag has NEVER been right to serve anything but a burger and THAT would be at question!

Never mind DieFie. The dangerous one is Pelosi.
Consider: WHEN the Dopey Joey Unit is finally and mercifully removed, the next in line is Harris who is NOT a Natural Born Citizen thus ineligibleSO it trickles downhill to Pelosi. Need I say more? SHE is as mentally deficieint as Biden DieFie Harris and a pile of others. Get Pelosi out of the way before the pointer slows down as it comes up to her name…..

I’m not buying that the Dems are concerned about DiFi’s cognitive abilities. If they were concerned about such things Joe Biden wouldn’t be President now.

This is from VOX so you may not want to click the link and give them traffic. I’m only citing them as a source because it’s common knowledge in D.C. that at least one third of Senators should be in nursing homes. Even leftists like those at VOX know this.

“A pharmacist says he has filled Alzheimer’s prescriptions for members of Congress

…Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.

‘At first it’s cool, and then you realize, ‘I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”

VOX went on to correctly say that Mr. Kim didn’t violate any health privacy laws since he didn’t say who is getting the Alzheimer meds. Still, this isn’t the kind of information our gangster government wants the public to know. No doubt the agents of our gangster government threatened his pharmacy license. Note the carefully worded “clarification” he issued, no doubt written by an attorney.

“‘I am not aware of any member that actually has Alzheimer’s and would certainly not disclose any such information if I did know.’ He added, ‘patient privacy is a very serious matter that I am committed to upholding.'”

Nothing in this “clarification” contradicts his previous statement. He is filling prescriptions with meds that are intended for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. But he doesn’t actually know if the doctors treating them have actually diagnosed those congresscritters have actually diagnosed them with Alzheimer’s. For instance, he wouldn’t know why one of these geriatrics would need prescription memory loss medications. Could be Alzheimer’s disease. Could be something else causing their loss of cognitive ability. But anyone who needs such medications fit the description of, Mr. Kim’s words, someone who is “[M}aking the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.”

There are other drugs used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But after some research I haven’t found a single Alzheimer’s medication that isn’t also used to treat serious neurological conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TB!), Dementia (Alzheimer’s is the most common cause by no means the only cause), ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, etc. Most of these neurological disorders will effect one’s cognitive abilities. All will effect one’s ability to work.

Would you feel better if the Senators and Reps aren’t taking these drugs because they’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but rather to treat the 40 to 20% of cases of Dementia that aren’t caused by Alzheimer’s (alcohol related perhaps; ever try to sit through a Pelosi presser, and don’t forget this crowd thought Ted Kennedy was the “Lion of the Senate), TBI, or debilitating stroke?

An interesting side effect of the listed neurological conditions is PBA (Pseudobulbar Affect). That’s a medical condition causing sudden, frequent, uncontrollable crying and/or laughing that doesn’t match how you feel.

This could explain Kamala Harris’ fits of inappropriate cackling.

I find it cute, actually, that this pharmacist thinks House members and Senators actually write the laws. Their staff members and, worse, lobbyists write the laws. That’s why industry lobbyists pay so much money. Not just for access, but to actually write laws such as Obamacare (PPACA). It wasn’t just health industry lobbyists, but lobbyists from any industry that was effected such as the restaurant industry. Recall that there was a cap on how many locations a restauranteur/franchisor could have (19) before they had to have their menu items tested at labs so they could display nutritional information such as calories, fat content, sugar content, etc. That wasn’t included in the bill for the benefit of the consumer. That was included so that anyone would have to think long and hard about adding that 20th location would be worth the extra expense of the lab testing. It was put in the bill to limit competition to the really big chains.

And of course, union lobbyists would be part of the actual group of lawmakers writing the bill, any bill really, since the unions always have an interest in exerting control of business.

Since the Senators and House Reps don’t actually do the work, who cares if the ancient dementia patients just sit in their offices and drool and do puzzles? Or the out-of-control drunks like Ted Kennedy and his drinking buddy Chris Dodd start drinking at 9:00 a.m., go to their private room at the very upscale La Brasserie for lunch/binge drinking, and sexually assault the waitresses, and are snot-slinging drunk by 4:00 p.m.?–left-young-woman-die.html

In fact, their staffers and the lobbyists for their big money donors no doubt preferred having these people out of the way so they could run the country. Note I had to go to a British paper to get a truthful write up about Ted Kennedy. The U.S. MFM always knew the truth but covered for their favored leftist pols as long as they were useful to advancing their own favored agendas. But the British papers had no such motivation.

If the word is leaking out to the press about DiFi’s cognitive decline, and the MFM is publishing it, it’s about politics pure and simple. The Democrat party and their propaganda arm only care about one thing. Gaining and keeping power to advance an agenda. They have never cared if these oldsters had the cognitive ability to actually do anything whether due to advanced age or advanced alcoholism.

This is leaking now for the same reason the Hunter Biden story is leaking now. Or that whoever runs the WH leaked the word about Souter’s retirement in order to force his hand. Traditionally administrations out of courtesy allow justices to announce their own retirements when the court goes into recess in late June/early July (norms restored!) But that timeline wasn’t going to work for them; the puppetmasters leaked it so they could get his replacement confirmed now. The timing of these leaks means the Dems are making similar political calculations, and DiFi is no longer useful. Either they’re trying to force her to retire so Governor Hair Gel can appoint someone to the left of Marx, or they’re trying to make her unelectable, “damaged goods,” and so toxic that even in her diminished mental state she gets the message loud and clear that she can’t run again even if she is so inclined. Then Hair Gel can run for her seat unopposed.