Dianne Feinstein, 89, being pushed out of Congress: Report

 February 5, 2023

At 89 years old and claiming the title of the longest-serving member of Congress, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein could soon exit the political landscape. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Feinstein, a staple in Congress for multiple decades, has enjoyed immense popularity and power in her role.

However, many Democrats believe she should have exited her role years ago, especially as her age catches up and she struggles with day-to-day tasks.

There have been several awkward attempts to force her out, all of which failed. But her time could be near.

Not looking great

Feinstein has a mounting of issues, and it's easy to see why anyone, including her family, would want her to step aside before it becomes worse.

For one, she has multiple, younger potential competitors in the upcoming 2024 race. One of those competitors is California House Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, who will likely make a play for the powerful California seat as his power was recently stripped in the House by the Republican majority.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), another up-and-coming Democratic star in California has also made aggressive moves to position for Feinstein's seat.

The Examiner added: "Feinstein has been a reliable Democratic vote in the Senate, voting to convict then-President Donald Trump in both of his impeachment trials, and supported President Joe Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction and American Rescue Plan Acts."

However, Feinstein's polling numbers have also taken a steep dive. They're currently sitting at an all-time low, at about 30%.

"God Bless her"

"God bless her," Garry South, a Democratic strategist told Politico. "But the most pathetic part of politics is when somebody doesn’t know when it’s time to leave."

"She’s still the state’s senior senator," one longtime Democratic strategist told Politico. "And they’re dancing on her [political] grave."

While Feinstein is undoubtedly revered by the left in the same way the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, politics is all about opportunity, and her younger, more energetic challengers will ultimately win the day.

She should definitely exit now and keep intact her legacy. If not, it'll likely be a nasty, bitter ending to her long -- some would argue too long -- career.

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