Headline RoundupJune 2nd, 2023

Should Dianne Feinstein Resign?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Concerns about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) health have divided Democrats over whether the 89-year-old should resign before the end of her fifth and final Senate term

Latest Developments: Feinstein returned to the Senate on May 9 after being hospitalized for shingles in early March. Since then, the California senator has been followed by reports on her apparently ailing mental fitness. In mid-May, she appeared to forget her monthslong absence from the Senate, telling reporters, “I’ve been here. I’ve been voting.” In late May, The New York Times (Lean Left bias) reported that Feinstein relied heavily on her aides and “expressed confusion” about Vice President Kamala Harris presiding over the Senate, reportedly asking colleagues, “What is she doing here?”

For Context: Senate Democrats need Feinstein’s vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve nominees opposed by Republicans. Her temporary absence prevented Democrats from approving judicial nominees without at least some Republican support. These judges could impact high-profile issues like abortion rights and investigations into Supreme Court ethics. 

Perspectives: Some voices from the left, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, supported Feinstein staying in the Senate to prevent Republicans from taking her tie-breaking spot on the Judiciary Committee. Others argued she should resign, allowing California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint her replacement. Voices from the right were generally critical of Feinstein, citing her as an example of “gerontocracy”; one Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) writer called her “breathtakingly selfish” and a “useful idiot.”

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