If there is one safe US Senate seat for the Democrats this election cycle, it’s California.
But this time around, the not only did the California Democratic Party not endorse Dianne Feinstein,* she actually lost to her challenger by a significant margin, though not enough to actually get the endorsement. (Kevin De León beat her 54% to 37%, and he needed 60% for the endorsement)
So, now that she has a viable primary challenge, and the top two finishers will almost certain Feinstein and De León, which given California’s jungle primary means that they will face off in the general.
Once again proving that Republicans fear their base, and Democrats hate their base, so given that Feinstein is far more conservative than the state, and De León is not, the establishment has pulled out the stops for Dianne, including an endorsement from Barack Obama.
Not a surprise. Barack Obama has always hadd nicer things to say about conservatives than he ever did about progressives:
Former President Obama is endorsing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as she faces a prominent Democratic challenger.
Obama said in a Friday statement that he was giving his “strong endorsement” and calling Feinstein “one of America’s most effective champions for progress to the Senate.”
“She’s always been an indispensable leader for California, and we became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable healthcare and economic opportunity for everybody; to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence,” he added.
Feinstein’s reelection campaign blasted out the announcement on Friday, noting the two had worked on “shared priorities” when Obama was a senator and during his administration.
Feinstein, 84, has held her the seat since 1992 but is facing frustration from liberals who believe her old-school Senate collegiality is out of touch in the era of President Trump.
The problem is not her , “old-school Senate collegiality,” it’s her support for the surveillance state, Wall Street, Iraq, the Death Penalty, the Flag Burning Amendment, Internet Censorship, expansion of the H1B program, and her opposition to marijuana legalization that puts her out of step with California voters.
It isn’t her “Senate collegiality” that people have a problem with, it’s her policies.
*Full disclosure, I’ve never met her, but she is my 2nd cousin once removed.