Everybody is talking about the startling exchange that took place between a report from “Business Insider” and the 89-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). She is the oldest senator in the U.S. Senate and has held her position longer than any of her Democratic colleagues, serving since 1992.
If you haven’t heard, here’s the story in a nutshell. A Feinstein aide repeatedly had to intervene to correct her and remind her that her office has taken a “not interested” position on whether or not she would run for the Senate president pro-tempore position. This is the position that is usually given to the senator in the majority party who has the most seniority. It also puts her as number three in the line for the presidency.
Another element in this story is that Sen. Feinstein at first insisted to the reported that she hadn’t thought about it, but then she came back and said, “but I’ll let you know when I do.” This made people think she might be interested in the position after all. That is when the aide found it necessary to step and take over the talk.
It has been a prevalent rumor for two years now that Feinstein’s mental health has been steadily deteriorating. There are even some Democrats in the California delegation who are questioning her ability to continue her service. Even the liberal San Francisco Chronicle enters the discussion with periodic updates and status reports on Feinstein.
In a story just this week, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), changed his position on talking about Feinstein. Previously, he refused to share details of his conversations with the senator when asked about her. But now he has decided to backtrack on that position and he is actively nominating Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to the position that would have gone to Dianne Feinstein.
Dianne Feinstein (89) was asked by a reporter about whether she’ll seek to become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the person third line to the presidency.
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— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2022