Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is up for reelection, and she has announced that she is most definitely running.
“I am running for reelection to the Senate,” Feinstein said, “Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!”
Ever heard the saying, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”? Yeah, apply this to her, now.
Feinstein, who was first elected in a 1992 special election, has maintained relatively favorable public approval ratings in California, despite slipping slightly since Trump’s inauguration. According to a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, 50 percent of likely California voters say Feinstein should not seek reelection.
Feinstein is so far off the rocker that even House Democrats are speaking out against her reelection. According to Vox, Representative Ro Khanna said that she is “out of touch with the grassroots” of their “party on economic policy and foreign policy.”
He added, “The fact that the establishment is rallying around her re-election shows that DC insiders continue to privilege protecting one of their own over the voters’ concerns.”
The Hill reports:
Feinstein, 84, has come under criticism from liberals who say she hasn’t done enough to block President Trump’s nominees as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The party’s left wing was also angered when Feinstein declined to endorse a single-payer government-run health-care system, as pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Khanna, a freshman, told Vox he is not considering a run for Feinstein’s seat. But he wouldn’t be a stranger to launching a primary challenge against a longtime Democratic incumbent. He unseated Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) last year to represent a deep blue Silicon Valley-area district.
Khanna, who serves as vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said earlier this year that Bernie Sanders should “absolutely” run again in 2020. So even if he is smart enough to realize that Feinstein has lost it, he is still delusional enough to think a socialist could win a presidential election.