Senator of the State of California Kevin de León challenged Senator Dianne Feinstein’s 2018 re-election as a “proud progressive” who pledged to be “on the front lines, not on the fringes” of the fight against Republicans who turned the Bundesbank into a platform for right-wing justice activism .
His democratic compatriot, de León warned, was too cautious and too willing to compromise. “I think they are subscribing to Washington country club rules that are grossly out of date and no longer apply to California and the rest of the country,” argued the legislature, disregarding Feinstein’s “smug, passive, and subdued” approach to a nomination lamented He identified as “the greatest threat to our constitution and human rights in a generation”.
Feinstein’s team struck back criticize de León as “a classic loser candidate trying to create a problem out of nowhere. “Even after grassroots activists surprised the establishment by getting the California Democratic Party to support party leaders de León grabbed that the son of a Guatemalan immigrant who came of age as the organizer of the community and eventually served as the President pro tempore of the Senate of the US state California threatened the unity of the party. The media speculated on whether de León is pushing the party “too far left. ” Feinstein’s fellow senators and Washington-based groups who usually support Democrats gathered to support the 26-year-old incumbent’s re-election, which was ultimately secured by closer-than-expected security 54-46 margin about de León.
It was all very typical of the way party leaders and experts have reacted to the prospect of electoral responsibility since 2018 – the year Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked DC with her New York defeat to the fourth-placed Democrat in the House of Representatives.
But now, two years later, Feinstein is at the center of a controversy over her role as a senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. While Feinstein criticized the Barrett nomination, the Senator wound up an unusually lukewarm hearing process by hugging Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and hailing the rash deliberation as “one of the best hearings I’ve attended.”
That statement was sharply rebuked by Jennifer Epps Addison, co-executive director of the Center for People’s Democracy Action, and Christina Livingston, executive director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment an explanation in which they stated:
This week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the US Supreme Court were a farce from start to finish. But no moment has shown the division between Senate and voters and the utter disregard for the concerns of our communities by our leaders [more] as Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s hideous praise from Sen. Lindsey Graham for calling her one of the best hearings she has ever attended. She said this despite knowing that if Barrett is confirmed, millions of Americans will lose their health care. Her careless words undermined her long-contested struggle for adequate health care and the tireless work of her colleagues to maintain it.
There is nothing commendable about this process. On the contrary, they have weakened our democracy, the electorate and the legacy of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sen. Feinstein’s performance and remarks during these hearings prove even more that she is unable to speak for voters. She must immediately resign from her post as the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand justice, a group that has played a leading role in the fight against right-wing justice candidates, called Feinstein resigns as the senior member, arguing that Democrats on the Justice Committee should not be run by someone who is “handling the Republican theft of a seat on the Supreme Court with child gloves”. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says He “had a long and serious conversation with Senator Feinstein.” Republicans, on the other hand, celebrated them. In response to calls by activists to replace the California Senator as senior judicial officer, Texas Conservative John Cornyn said it would be “a real shame if they were fired.” Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley called the criticism of Feinstein “sexist” and “ageist” tweeted, “S.He is such an outstanding legislator that it is totally unjustified. ”
No wonder they would think so if she gave them rave reviews for a rigged trial.
The Republicans’ cynical response underscores the damage Feinstein’s conciliatory approach has done to an already difficult struggle. How Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America explained::
Americans – whose lives are in limbo – deserve a tour that underscores how unprecedented, shameful, and wrong this process is. The senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has failed to make this clear and has actually given the process, which is completely out of whack with the American people, a credible appearance. Therefore, we believe the committee needs new leadership.
That’s exactly Kevin de León who was recently elected to the Los Angeles City Council, which was warned about in 2018. These bland party leaders and experts should remember well the next time they complain about the new challenges progressives face incumbent incumbents.
Because of California impartial blanket primary lawwith which the two best players can reach the November ballot, de León faced Feinstein in the fall of 2018 as he battled President Trump’s Supreme Court appointment of Brett Kavanaugh. The challenger criticized Feinstein’s handling of this year’s affirmation battle as incoherent and ineffective. Like a number of critics, de León said she was not aggressive enough after being informed of a letter alleging the candidate’s sexual misconduct. But the problem, said de Léon, went deeper. Determine that Feinstein “has shown in the past that she is not ready to take up the fight against the Republicans,” pointed out de León, referring to the incumbent’s record of approving even the most controversial Republican justice candidates.
“I would never have opened the door for his confirmation to the Third Circle Court of Appeals, basically the Supreme Court farm team,” de León said in an interview about the Kavanaugh nomination campaign. He continued:
Senator Feinstein volunteered her vote in 2006 so that this man, a well-known political partisan, could enter the Senate for confirmation. If that hadn’t been done quite openly, we wouldn’t have Brett Kavanaugh in the US Senate today, and I wouldn’t be voting to endorse 60 percent of Trump’s nominees for justice. Well, as we know, these are lifelong appointments, and these are men who will almost certainly undo a woman’s right to vote, workers’ rights, civil rights, voting rights and our environmental laws. So I would have done that dramatically different from the current California Senator.
Those words from two years ago sound all the more cautious as the Democrats resent Feinstein’s praise for a trial that brought the most threatening Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.