After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dared to extend a cordial greeting to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after the conclusion of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, Democrats exploded in calls for her removal or replacement.
Feinstein was dragged into a meeting with Democrat leaders, after which Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would only say he “had a long and serious talk”‘ with Feinstein, and wouldn’t confirm or deny whether or not Democrats are planning to replace her with someone more partisan.
The Democratic New York senator wouldn’t comment on whether he would make changes to the Senate Judiciary Committee where Feinstein is the Ranking Member. However, his acknowledgment of the tongue-lashing comes along with other whispers about whether she should be replaced.
The problem for Schumer and other progressives is that Feinstein didn’t give Barrett the same treatment they subjected Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to during his confirmation hearings. She also hugged GOP South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and praised him for his “fairness” during the hearings. Those are two capital offenses to the left, it seems.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue called for her replacement and unironically said “Americans–whose lives hang in the balance–deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful and wrong this process is.”
Clearly, Feinstein embracing Graham, who serves as the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, was a bridge too far. Progressives see it as proof that Feinstein is unfit for the job.
Ousting Feinstein would not be easy because the role based on tenure was hers for nearly two decades. That doesn’t mean she won’t have to withstand the ire of the progressive left, however.
I really can’t get over what a betrayal this moment was to the thousands (millions?) of progressive activists who have worked their asses off fighting Barrett’s confirmation tooth and nail. Feinstein should be ashamed, and she should step down immediately. https://t.co/uPVDeQgrlC
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) October 15, 2020
Barrett’s confirmation vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is set for Thursday, according to Fox News. The full Senate vote will likely commence Monday, and many Democrats are cursing Feinstein’s name for not doing more to halt the inevitable.
This attack on Feinstein and the talking-to from Schumer demonstrate the sorry state of the modern left. They can’t handle that she would be civil and decent to Barrett or to her Republican colleagues who conducted themselves with class and professionalism.
They would instead prefer Feinstein act like a petulant child. What they want is solidarity in their contempt for the nominee and disregard for the party her nomination represented.