There’s a reason why many Americans believe that there should be a limit to congressional terms. We end up with people in their 70s and 80s, making important decisions about how our country is run. And, unfortunately, some of these senators and representatives are declining in mental and physical health.
If we thought Joe Biden was the only one who should have retired, we’d be wrong. Although the man is 78 years old and doesn’t know where he is on most days, there’s a senator who is 88 years old – and she’s showing a significant amount of mental decline, too.
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been serving as a senator since 1992. She should have retired a decade ago, yet she’s still there. Her mental decline has been on display for a while. Now, even members of her own party are calling her out and saying that it’s time for her to retire.
The concern for Feinstein began in September 2020 during the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett – the nomination made by former President Donald Trump. Many within the Democratic Caucus have raised concerns about whether she is capable of maintaining her position.
Politico ran a story at the time where “interviews with more than a dozen Democratic senators and aides show widespread concern over” Feinstein’s ability to lead an “aggressive effort” to prevent Barrett from being confirmed.
The San Francisco Chronicle also noted that Feinstein is getting confused, and her answers to reporters’ questions may change depending on when and where she is asked. Former staffers of the senator even reported that her memory is “rapidly deteriorating.”
Feinstein and her office have gone on the defense, claiming that nothing has changed. The only explanation that they offered is that her husband Richard Blum passed in February and that she’s had “a rough year.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was asked pointedly about Feinstein recently. His comment was meant to be dismissive, but it tells us everything we need to know. “I’ve had a good number of discussions with Senator Feinstein, but I’m keeping them to myself.”
Hmmm…that’s not exactly a character endorsement on Feinstein. If he had riveting and insightful conversations with the aging senator, he would have said so. The fact that he’s keeping the conversations to himself means that it’s an issue – and that means that it could be yet another seat that needs to be filled come the midterms.
The Democrats already know that they are in trouble. Many members of Congress have chosen to retire. And if Feinstein doesn’t retire on her own, she’ll be forced to in the very near future. And that could mean that the seat is filled by a Republican – enough to flip the Senate to the benefit of the GOP.
There’s always the possibility that Feinstein could be replaced by a Democrat – and with her seat being in California, Governor Newsom would have the ability to appoint a replacement to hold the office until the next term until a general election can take place.
So, watching what happens with Feinstein is of the utmost importance. We don’t need another mentally unstable Democrat making decisions for our country, though, that’s for sure.