Longtime California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein made headlines in February after announcing that she would not seek another term in 2024. However, one Democrat recently said that she needs to go now.
According to The Hill, former Obama speech writer and Crooked Media co-founder Jon Lovett made that declaration this week on his "Pod Save America" podcast.
"There’s been a lot of reporting about Dianne Feinstein no longer being fit to serve in the Senate representing the biggest state in this country," he pointed out.
"She is currently out for shingles. That is sad. That is obviously not her fault," Lovett said before pointing that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin has expressed experiencing difficulty running the committee in her absence.
"But because she is not in the Judiciary Committee, Durbin has said that it has made it basically impossible to move a lot of these lower court nominees to the Senate for a vote, which means that Dianne Feinstein, who should not be in the Senate, is now preventing us from being able to confirm judges," he said
"I think what the people around Dianne Feinstein are doing, allowing, being part of this farce of having a lack of a senator in such an important job is really wrong," Lovett continued.
"And Dianne Feinstein should no longer be in the Senate. She has to resign and more people should be calling on her to resign," he insisted.
Feinstein's mental condition has apparently been deteriorating for some time, a subject which some of her colleagues spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle late last year.
"I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea," one unnamed Democratic lawmaker said before adding, "All of that is gone."
"She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that," the legislator lamented.
Another Democrat who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the newspaper that Feinstein's mental dexterity is "bad and it's getting worse."
"There’s a joke on the Hill, we’ve got a great junior senator in Alex Padilla and an experienced staff in Feinstein’s office," the source added.
Bloomberg Politics reporter Christian Hall noted in February that Feinstein appeared not to realize that her plan not to seek reelection had already been made public.
Asked by reporters about her announcement to resign, @SenFeinstein says “If I haven't made that decision, I haven't released anything.” A staffer then told the senator that a statement had been released. Feinstein responded saying “I didn’t know they put it out.”
— Christian Hall (@christianjhall) February 14, 2023