Democrats and liberal special interest groups are demanding Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s head on a platter. Why? What was Feinstein’s big sin? Well, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee made the grave error in simply being civil to Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), thanking him for how he ran Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings. For Democrats determined to rage against this nomination despite there being absolutely nothing they can do to stop it, this was a bridge too far.
“Americans—whose lives hang in the balance—deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful, and wrong this process is,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America. “The Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, failed to make this clear and in fact offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people. As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership.”
Leftist group MoveOn echoed those sentiments: “This was a moment for all Democrats to fight and instead [Senator Feinstein] cozied up with Lindsey Graham & undermined her own Democratic colleagues. She needs to step down from her role on the Judiciary Committee now. We need fierce leadership for the fights ahead.”
In remarks to The Guardian, San Francisco Democratic Party Chairman David Campos said it’s time for Feinstein to go.
“There have been a number of us in San Francisco that for a long time felt that, without taking away from what she has accomplished, it has gotten to a point where she is out of touch with where San Francisco is and where California is,” said Campos. “She represents the past of San Francisco and California. It’s not surprising that at a time when we’re facing a crisis, when we have a rightwing supremacist being rushed through the supreme court, she’s not up to the task. And it’s not because of her age. It’s just because of who she is.”
To put it another way: Feinstein is simply not crazy enough to have a prominent position in today’s Democratic Party.
Amidst all of this controversy, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer could have easily stepped in to defend Feinstein and tout her record of working for Democratic causes. Instead, when asked about the California senator’s performance in the hearings, he only said: “I’ve had a long and serious talk with Senator Feinstein, and that’s all I’m going to say about it right now.”
The Barrett nomination has turned Democrats against each other – that’s how triggered they are by this woman, Trump, and the position of powerlessness they now find themselves in.
It’s actually a beautiful thing to watch.