Headline RoundupSeptember 30th, 2023

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Career: Illustrious, but Too Long?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) passed away Thursday at age 90, drawing many media opinions about her legacy.

One Key Flaw: An opinion from CNN (Left bias) praised Feinstein, calling her “an incredible breaker of glass ceilings (and) a pioneer for women in politics.” It touted her for being a “force” behind the now-defunct federal assault weapons ban, and a 2014 report that revealed CIA abuses during the Bush administration. However, the writer said Feinstein’s biggest flaw was her unwillingness to retire and that its effect on her legacy is a “shame.”

A Classic Jew: An opinion for the Jewish think tank The Forward (Center bias) examined polarization, saying Feinstein was “a centrist, not a left-winger,” and highlighting her willingness to work “across the aisle.” It questioned if Feinstein was “the last of her kind,” mentioning that “most American Jews” used to be “socially liberal but often more conservative on criminal justice issues.” The writer said American Jews now “seem more fragmented,” suggesting Feinstein’s brand of liberalism may be a thing of the past.

The Gerontocracy: Jim Geraghty (Lean Right bias) writing for National Review (Right bias) praised Feinstein’s career for being “packed” with accomplishments, but said her death should trigger “serious discussion” about age and politics. Geraghty mentioned several elderly Democrats and Republicans, including President Biden and former President Donald Trump, saying it could be tough for older politicians to know when to retire. He also said he doubts “a single fan of Dianne Feinstein thinks this was the ideal end to her long career.”

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