Fmr. Obama speechwriter calls on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s immediate resignation

Former Obama speechwriter and “Pod Save America” host, Jon Lovett, called for the immediate resignation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday due to her failing health issues and because her absence is preventing Democrats from voting on judge confirmations in the Senate.

Lovett, who co-founded the aptly named progressive media company Crooked Media, contends that Feinstein’s absence is keeping the Senate from confirming justices and he believes more Democrats should demand that she immediately step down.

“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. She is currently out for shingles. That is sad. That is obviously not her fault,” Lovett said during his podcast, “Pod Save America,” according to The Hill.

“But because she is not in the Judiciary Committee, [Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick 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 charged.

“And as sad as it is to sort of see someone who’s had an incredibly storied and long career and has done a lot of good for this state, 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 asserted. “And Dianne Feinstein should no longer be in the Senate. She has to resign and more people should be calling on her to resign.”

Feinstein, 89, revealed on March 2 that she was hospitalized for shingles treatment after being diagnosed with an infection in February. The elder senator was released from the hospital on March 7 but has yet to return to the Senate.

She is “recovering at home” where she is receiving treatment for shingles. Feinstein says that she looks forward to “returning to the Senate as soon as possible.”

The California senator announced in February via a tweet that she will not seek a sixth term in 2024 but stopped short of resigning. When reporters asked her about the announcement, she appeared confused over it.

“You put out the statement?” Feinstein asked, before telling the press, “I didn’t know they put it out.”

“It is what it is,” she remarked. “I think the time has come. I have a whole other year. I have things that are underway. I expect to achieve them, I hope, and so we’ll see.”

Democrats have found themselves stalled over the last few weeks with Feinstein out with shingles and Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) previously hospitalized for clinical depression. With only a narrow margin in the Senate, their absence meant that both parties have 49 members present assuring a virtual stalemate on issues.

“I can’t consider nominees in these circumstances, because a tie vote is a losing vote in committee,” Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told CNN.

He added, “We still have some nominees left on the calendar that we can work on. … But we have more in the wings that we would like to process through the committee.”

Durbin said earlier in April that he hoped Democrats would be “back to full strength” after Easter. That deadline has now come and gone, frustrating Democrats even further.

Democrats have wanted Feinstein gone for some time so a younger leftist can take her place. A number of unnamed Senate colleagues and former staffers claimed in April of last year that Feinstein’s memory was rapidly deteriorating and that her staff did much of her work. That revelation caused even more Democrats to demand her resignation.

Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have both announced that they will run for Feinstein’s vacant seat in 2024. It is an absolute certainty that a Democrat will succeed her.

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