What do all of the well-known, prominent people most would identify as the ‘leadership’ of today’s Democratic Party have in common? Here’s a hint: Bill Clinton is 70 years old, his wife Hillary is 69, 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is 75, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is 77, Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg – 83, Nancy Pelosi – 77, John Conyers – 87, John Lews – 77, Joe Biden – 74.Besides all being mega-millionaires what they all have in common is — they’re old.
One other member of the Democratic leadership octogenarian set is California’s senior senator Diane Feinstein. Feinstein — who will turn 84 in June — has been a U.S. Senator for 25 years, and has held elected office for 47, having been first elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1970. Not having the sense to get out like her long-time California liberal cohort, former-Senator Barbara Boxer, (Boxer held elected offices for 33 years and decided, at age 76, to not run for re-election last November), Feinstein is living embodiment of the term “career politician.”
But a new poll indicates perhaps even Californians may be growing discontented with the Geritol crew that’s guided today’s Democratic Party to mere saber-rattlers on the coasts, and in all but a few die-hard blue enclaves in the interior of the country.
From The Blaze:“More than half of California voters say it would be a “bad thing” for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein to run for a sixth term in Congress next year, when she’s up for re-election.
A new poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Politics at the University of California, Berkeley, found that 52 percent of registered voters said Feinstein should call it quits while 48 percent said it would be a “good thing” for the California lawmaker to run again.
When respondents were reminded that Feinstein will be 84 years old next year, the share of voters who said it would be a “bad thing” for the senator to seek re-election jumped to 62 percent.”So 52% say it would be a ‘bad thing’ for her to run again until they’re told her age, then it vaults to 62%.
“It’s an interesting result that may just show some voters think it may be time for someone new to join in,” he said. “It’s an indication, perhaps, that some voters are growing restless and want a new face in Washington.”A new face? Feinstein is the oldest serving member of the U.S. Senate. Her current term in office ends January 2019. If she were to run again and win another 6-year term in 2018, it would make her 92 years old at the end of her sixth full term in the senate.
Will she run again? Unknown. But The Blaze column ends with a sad bit of truth:
“Feinstein, for her part, has not indicated any plans to retire, and according to [poll Director Mark] DiCamillo, that’s OK. If she runs again, even those who want her to retire will vote for her re-election.
“All in all, voters would be inclined to support her if she did run,” he said.”
Probably accurate, because once they’re in, getting these people out of office is like pushing a rhinoceros uphill with a straw — maybe it can be done, but ain’t gonna be easy.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]