Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., continues to be a walking billboard for term limits as questions grow about her cognitive ability.
The 89-year-old Democrat returned to Washington last week following a three-month absence while she recovered from the shingles virus, and when a reporter asked her about the response from her colleagues to her being back, Feinstein insisted that she was never gone.
“No, I haven’t been gone,” Feinstein said, according to Slate. “You should — I haven’t been gone. I’ve been working.”
In an attempt to clarify what she was saying, Feinstein was then asked if she meant that she’d been working from home and that’s when she “turned feisty,” the outlet noted.
“No, I’ve been here. I’ve been voting,” she said. “Please. You either know or don’t know.”
Asked beforehand how she was doing, Feinstein replied: “Oh, I’m feeling fine. I have a problem with the leg.”
When asked what was wrong with the leg, she said, “Well, nothing that’s anyone’s concern but mine.”
“It is true that Feinstein has been in Washington and voting for the past week, while coming to committee hearings on a need-to-be-there basis,” Slate reported. “But it is not true that she had been ‘here,’ in a physical sense, for the two-and-a-half-month stretch between February and last week. It was odd for that to skip her mind. The senator’s absence, and her insistence on not resigning, has been one of the biggest political stories of the year, given her critical role not just on the Judiciary Committee but as a pivotal Democratic vote in the full body.”
The calls for Feinstein to resign are even coming from her own party — however, as George Orwell noted in 1984: “No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
It’s time for @SenFeinstein to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty. While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties. Not speaking out undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) April 12, 2023
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Feinstein is correct: she hasn’t been gone…
She *IS* gone…
— AngelAuthor (@AngelAuthor1) May 17, 2023
70 yr old age limit for elected officials
— Norm Hull (@NormHullGuy19) May 17, 2023
— Dimitriy (@TheRussianGuy96) May 17, 2023
Should her votes count? At the very least, they should be brought into question and discussed.
— Carl Blevins (@CarlBlevins16) May 17, 2023
This is absolutely disgusting. Her family and the Democratic Party cannot allow this. NOTHING is gained by this. Honor her by getting her out now. This will only get worse.
— BluCollar Guy (@BluCollar_Guy) May 17, 2023
Very sad, regardless of which side of the aisle. Doesn’t the governor pick her replacement? It’s not like it’s the opposing party, if she’s that bad it’s not like it would be embarrassing her. It’s more embarrassing to let her continue
— FO (@fo_254) May 17, 2023
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