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Hot Mic Catches Sen. Feinstein Confused Over Roll Call Voting During Committee Hearing

Hot Mic Catches Sen. Feinstein Confused Over Roll Call Voting During Committee Hearing

Forget term limits. We need age limits.

President Joe Biden. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein has shown, once again, why people should be concerned about her abilities to serve in the Senate.

Feinstein is 90 years old. She spent a long time away from the Senate this year due to shingles.

A hot mic caught a confused Feinstein during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee roll call vote.

The senators have to say “aye” to have their votes recorded.

Feinstein, who has been a senator for decades, forgot how to do the simple procedure:

“Just say, ‘Aye,'” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told Feinstein.

“Pardon me,” Feinstein responded.

“Aye,” Murray reiterated.

Instead of registering her vote, Feinstein launched into remarks in favor of the bill, a process that was slated to come later in the meeting after the roll call is completed.

“I would like to support a ‘yes’ vote on this,” Feinstein said. “It provides $823 billion — that’s an increase of $26 billion for the Department of Defense, and it funds priorities submitted—”

Feinstein was cut off by a staff member who appeared to tell the senator that the committee was still in the process of calling roll.

“Just say, ‘Aye,'” Murray told Feinstein once more.

“Okay, just…” Feinstein said as she appeared to remain confused about what was taking place at the time.

Feinstein snapped out of it and immediately said, “Aye.”


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Will the enemedia constantly play this little snippet at the introduction of every newscast every half-hour tomorrow — just as they did this morning with the McConnell incident yesterday?

Ha! I crack myself up sometimes.

This is mostly an artifact of the way seniority plays into who gets on what committees and runs them. No one wants to replace a long serving senator with the reduction of power in the senate for their state. Also repeal the 17th amendment.

    Olinser in reply to Martin. | July 27, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    The ‘seniority’ crap was nothing more than the swamp making sure that anybody new that got elected had no power to do anything until they had been either corrupted by the swamp, or safely gotten rid of.

It doesn’t matter, the staff handles all the policy stuff and everybody votes in lockstep anyway, which means it’s a much more general party committee that really does stuff. You get to vote for a party.

As to power, always say what you’re talking about: officium, imperium, potestas or auctoritas. Power by itself is phlogiston, a reification error.

Looking more like the old Politburo all the time.

    Gosport in reply to txvet2. | July 27, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    “Old” being the operative word there. There are lower age limits, why not upper?

    Airline pilots currently have an upper age limit of 65. They must pass a rigorous mental and physical examination every six months after the age of 40. They have minimum qualification requirements and annual check rides to determine their capability to perform to standard.

    No mental or physical examinations are required for congressmen, senators or the presidency, they have no age limit, and the only hurdle they have to pass is to con the voters (or stuff the ballots box) for another 2-6 year term.

    Why? Are the mental fitness standards of our federal elected officials any less critical than those of our airline pilots?

I’m part of the boomer generation, but this is getting ridiculous. Feinstein, Fetterman, Biden, Trump, on and on and on. Why can’t we elect younger leaders to lead us into the future? I was a lawyer before I retired, and in my state the mandatory retirement age for judges was 72 years old, for police officers is was 62 years old. Why isn’t there a mandatory retirement age for these idiots, whether they be Democrats or Republicans?

    herm2416 in reply to JR. | July 27, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Because they will never vote against lifetime employment for them selves,

    alien in reply to JR. | July 27, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Better question: why isn’t there an age limit on attorneys?

    There’s not an age limit on representatives because it is unconstitutional. If a rep’s constituency feels that person is no longer capable of the job, they can vote them out of office. Conversely, if the constituency feels that their 80-year-old rep is doing a good job of representing them, they can re-elect them.

      rungrandpa in reply to alien. | July 27, 2023 at 11:23 pm

      We get what we deserve.

      CommoChief in reply to alien. | July 28, 2023 at 10:01 am

      Can’t do it directly ti disqualify someone deciding to run for office without a Constitutional amendments.

      Could do it via party qualifications to appear on the ballot as rep that political party. A political party can make nearly any requirement for becoming a candidate they wish. This would preclude only the party line on a ballot but not impede their candidacy as an independent.

Time for objective tests of candidates physical strength/stamina and mental acuity.

Use the Army physical fitness test; push ups,.sit ups and 2 mile run or alternate event pick from 1,000m swim, 15,000m bike, 5,000m row. Very objective test.

For mental acuity use the TBI screening/ testing. Lots of short term memory events, pattern recognition and recall. It will demonstrate whether a candidate can see, hear, retain, process and recall the info in a set time. Very objective.

Video the testing and release to public. Let the public decide if X candidate who can’t run or complete an alternate event has the physical stamina required to be elected. Same for the mental acuity, let the public decide if if a candidate who is unable to match a pattern in reverse order under a time limit has the mental acuity to make decisions under pressure.

    alien in reply to CommoChief. | July 27, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Kind of like a “poll test” for candidates.

    Do you think that voters would really care as much about the candidate passing the test as they do about their party affiliation? To wit, I give you Fetterman.

      CommoChief in reply to alien. | July 27, 2023 at 9:23 pm

      They just might after having the examples of Fettterman, Biden, Feinstein among d/prog. Thad Cochran is one prior example and McConnell may be a current example from the GoP.

      It’s one thing to ignore the issues before they are elected/re-elected b/c folks feel sorry for them or out of party loyalty, as happened without the testing.

      IMO more folks gonna be hesitant when watching the tape and seeing the physical and mental struggles. This way they have no excuse to say ‘we didn’t know for sure how bad it was’. Maybe I am wrong, still wouldn’t hurt to try and put it to the test.

Reminder to Feinstein and Poopy Pants Biden re Depends: black stripe in the back.

Does anyone have standing to sue for her removal? It is clear her staff is making the decisions; voters didn’t elect her staff…..

inspectorudy | July 27, 2023 at 11:50 pm

Actually, she is no different from the other 50 Dem senators. They all say “Aye” when asked to vote.

This is a great community service opportunity for some Dementia organization. Joe has frontotemperal dementia, Fetter…has vascular dementia, and Feinstein has Alzheimer’s