California Senator Dianne Feinstein said she won’t step down from her position before it concludes in 2024, despite democratic colleagues saying they’re concerned she’s mentally incompetent to serve.
Dianne Feinstein, 88, said she regularly meets with leaders and isn’t isolated after four senators, three of them Democrats, a California Congress member, and three ex-staffers said that her short term memory was declining.
She told a newspaper outlet that she sees people. That her attendance is satisfactory. That she puts in the hours and that they represent a huge state and that she was somewhat baffled by all of this.
Dianne Feinstein, one of the longest-serving senators, had long been recognised in Washington for her issue-focused passion and sharp wit, but now people who’ve worked with the California lawmaker for years now say she has difficulty recognising them and repeats the same few talking points.
The senator said no one had brought up these concerns to her directly, and she told a newspaper outlet that the conversation had not happened and the real discussion was whether she’s an adequate representative for 40 million people.
Talk has been floated of convincing her to quit before her present term concludes in 2024.
An employee from another senator’s office has also been cited saying they’ve seen their boss go out of their way to reintroduce themselves to Dianne Feinstein before talking to her.
An unidentified California lawmaker said, referencing a fable about fearing to speak truth to power that they’ve got an Emperor’s New Clothes problem there.
They said they’d worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago, consistently in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea and that all of that is now gone.
The member of Congress described an hours-long discussion in which they had to reintroduce themselves to the veteran senator numerous times and circle back to the same questions without any indication she knew they’d already covered it.
The lawmaker said that she was an intellectual and political power not that long ago, and that’s why their meeting with her was so jarring because now there was no glimmer of that, and that and the other interactions described in the report emerged before the death of Dianne Feinstein’s husband in February of this year.
Of course, all Americans deserve competent representation, so anyone working for the President as well as the President himself should pass a competency test. Let’s face it you have to pass a test to drive a car, so why are Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein as well as some others smelling of formaldehyde and then feebly attempting to lead?
Shouldn’t it be that once you reach retirement age you should at least have to have a competency test, at least once their session is over?
Of course, everyone is different. I’m not saying that once you retire you suddenly become senile or have to wear a diaper. There are some very spritely retired people, but then there are some that are not so spritely, but even the spritely retired people sometimes have to have a nap in the afternoon and aren’t quite as sharp as they once were, which is totally understandable.
But many of the more senior statesmen are also totally out of touch with things because they’ve been in office too long, and life in Washington DC looks nothing like the rest of the country, and statesmen snoozing during an address is just not a good look at all.