New Yorker published a story Thursday citing people familiar with Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s current situation saying her apparent cognitive decline has been “evident for several years.”
Those familiar with the senator’s current state told the New Yorker that Feinstein, 87, has been “seriously struggling”. Besides, her short-term memory “has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have.”
During a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Big Tech, Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the same question twice. Dorsey answered the question the same way the second time she asked it, Fox News reported.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has had several “painful” discussions with Feinstein about stepping aside, but the octogenarian reportedly soon forgets about their talks, forcing Schumer to confront her again, one source said.
“It was like Groundhog Day, but with the pain fresh each time,” the source said.
Schumer was reportedly so concerned about Feinstein’s performance that he “installed a trusted former aide, Max Young, to ’embed’ in the Judiciary Committee to make sure the hearings didn’t go off the rails,” the New Yorker reported.
Feinstein, first elected as one of the first two female senators in California in 1992, mostly remained out of the limelight until the hearing flub of the Judiciary Committee.
Liberals call for Dianne Feinstein’s resignation
A number of liberal and leftist commentators are calling for the senior senator’s resignation.
New Yorker reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had to ask Feinstein twice to step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee because she forgot the first conversation. The article cites an aide to another Democratic senator who stated, “She’s an incredibly effective human being, but there’s definitely been deterioration in the last year. She’s in a very different mode now.”
Wednesday night, the story was widely shared on social media, and several commentators, already incensed by the 87-year-old Feinstein for her handling of the hearings of Amy Coney Barrett and her reluctance to abolish the legislative filibuster, called for her to leave Congress.
“This is a sad read, but Feinstein needs to graciously retire for the sake of the country,” tweeted New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali.
“It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to retire,” wrote UC Irvine law professor and CNN contributor Rick Hasen. “She did some great work in Senate. But it’s been clear for last few years that her cognitive decline is serious.”
In November, Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced she is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Hill reported.
“After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” she said in a statement.
Feinstein, who is 87 years old, was re-elected to a 6th term in 2018. Senate Democrats do not have term-limits on committee chairmanships and ranking-memberships.