Yet another Democrat has piled on to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), asking the California senator who’s been in office since Michael Jackson was still rocking the Billboard Hot 100 to throw in the towel and resign finally. Retired senator from the California delegation, Barbara Boxer, recently called on her former colleague to resign.
“If Sen. Feinstein was to call me today and ask for my advice,” Boxer said Thursday, “I would say only you can decide this.” Boxer gently prodded the other senator, however, with some hint dropping that it’s time to move on: “But from my perspective, I want you to know I’ve had very productive years away from the Senate doing good things. So put that into the equation.”
Also elected in 1992 to represent California in the United States Senate, Boxer did the sensible thing and retired in January 2017. Even that is far too long in office by the standards of Americans who support nationwide term limits. That’s a major constitutional reform that has consistently enjoyed solid polling support. As many 75% of Americans want term limits.
But leave it to the U.S. electorate to want term limits so unequivocally, yet continue voting for the same crooks to go into the office every two, four. Six years to fleece the American people and get all the glory for the progress that we the people, our families, businesses, churches, and our communities work hard to make every year for the society.
Incumbency rates in the U.S. Congress have soared in the 80% – 90% range for decades. That’s why so many senators retire as octogenarians and older. These congress critters will not be removed by the electorate when their lobbyists make sure that their campaign secures reelection at the end of every term. As a result, getting one to vacate their seat is like getting Gollum to let go of the Ring of Power. But Democrats are trying with Dianne Feinstein.
In such an overwhelmingly blue state, it would be significant political malpractice for the party to lose a U.S. Senate seat because the Republican candidate was passable to the California electorate. The Senate candidate had reached their date of expiry. Democrats are also hoping a more progressive candidate, who’s young enough to spend even more time in the Senate than Feinstein, will fire up the voter base in 2024.
But it looks like Feinstein could be hanging on. The Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), had to tell the California senator not once but twice to step down as the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee because she couldn’t remember a conversation he had with her. The New Yorker reports Feinstein’s “short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic.”
Diane Feinstein has already filed paperwork to seek reelection in 2024 when her senate seat comes up for reelection. The senator will be 91 at that time.