I don’t know if forcing Feinstein out of the Senate for being mentally unfit is the right thing to do. I mean, if you make mental fitness a requirement, the Democrats in the Senate would be reduced to Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. On second thought, I could be very wrong. That sounds pretty good to me. Never again would we have to suffer through having Californians in the Senate.
But, colleagues of the 88-year-old Dianne Feinstein are becoming more vocal about the fact that her cognitive skills have eroded into the Joe Biden territory. I get the distinct impression that if either Feinstein or Biden were to die, it could be four of five days before they even realize they are dead. Feinstein may well lose her job because of her lack of mental stability, but Biden’s job is safe because no one, and I mean no one wants Kamala Harris as president.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
“When a California Democrat in Congress recently engaged in an extended conversation with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, they prepared for a rigorous policy discussion like those they’d had with her many times over the last 15 years. Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein multiple times during an interaction that lasted several hours.”
“Rather than delve into policy, Feinstein, 88, repeated the same small-talk questions, like asking the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, they said, with no apparent recognition the two had already had a similar conversation.”
Of course, lawmakers don’t like to simply retire and fade away. They’ve spent their lives in the limelight and disappearing is their big fear. What’s more, when lawmakers die in office, they sometimes lay in state in the U.S. Capitol, a high honor.
But there is concern now that Feinstein is “rapidly deteriorating.”
“Four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers and the California Democratic member of Congress told The Chronicle in recent interviews that her memory is rapidly deteriorating. They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent the nearly 40 million people of California,” the Chronicle said in a piece headlined “Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.”
Feinstein won’t be up for re-election until 2024, but she has filed paperwork indicating she might run again. In January 2021, she filed the initial re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) last week, L.A. Magazine reported.