IIt was a hug that would have shocked many, even in a year without social distancing: Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ended a controversial week of Supreme Court hearings confirming the full embrace of Lindsay Graham, the Republican chairman.
The act and her remarks about Judge Amy Connie Barrett̵7;s hearing – “It was one of the best hearings I’ve ever attended” – prompted progressives to call for her retirement and shout that she was in office. too long. Many California senator voters and her more progressive Democratic counterparts have argued for years.
“There were a lot of people in San Francisco who for a long time felt that without breaking away from what she did, it came to the point that she had nothing to do with San Francisco and California,” he said. David Campos, chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. He did not speak on behalf of the organization.
“It represents the past of San Francisco and California,” Campos continued. “It is not surprising that at a time when we are facing a crisis, when we have the supreme right-wing supreme court, it is unable to fulfill its task. And it’s not because of her age. It’s just because of who she is. “
Feinstein became mayor of San Francisco in 1978 after the assassinations of activist Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, and firmly pushed city politics back to the center. Despite her respect for her heritage in the city, given her long history of civil service, her propensity for civilization and not rocking the boat feels out of place in modern politics, her critics say.
In 2018, the California Democratic Party voted in favor of Feinstein’s opponent in the US Senate race, with four positions – Feinstein served in the Senate since 1992 – gaining only 7% of the vote in favor.
Recent efforts to rename public schools that honor historical figures with a racist or colonial legacy include an elementary school named after her. The School Names Advisory Committee noted that when Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco in 1986, she not only allowed the Confederate flag to fly in front of City Hall, but also pushed for a Black activist to be prosecuted for removing him in protest.
And few forgot when a group of young climate activists involved Feinstein in San Francisco, and she told them, “You didn’t vote for me.”
Progressives now say Feinstein has failed in his leadership role as the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, which this week interviewed Barrett, a staunch conservative.
“It’s not like Diane Feinstein, and I have a lot in common,” said local MP Hillary Ronen. “She is a very moderate Democrat and I am a very progressive Democrat. I expect that we will disagree many times, but I feel that she betrayed many of us in this statement, thanking Graham for his justice. There was absolutely nothing honest. The governance of this democratic process was a parody and the fairest we have seen. “
Ronen said she was “crushed” to hear Feinstein’s remarks after the confirmation hearing.
When people ask, “Why are you surprised? She’s basically a Republican. “Well, I never, in all the time I’ve seen her represent our state, expect her to betray us to such an extent,” Ronen said. “I don’t know, she’s fully aware that says this statement for us when its voters, who are going to see decades of civil rights, go down the drain through a fake procedure organized by the Republican Party and Mitch McConnell. “
On Thursday, several national progressive groups called for Feinstein to step down as the top Democrat on the judiciary.
Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, claimed that Feinstein “undermined the Democrats’ position” during the hearings. Naral Pro-Choice America, a leading group on reproductive rights, called Feinstein “wildly unaware of the American people,” saying “the committee needs new leadership.”
Democratic Congressman Katie Porter also criticized Feinstein, telling HuffPost: “I strongly disagree with Senator Feinstein that such a hearing was one of the best or even acceptable. We received far fewer direct answers than in most Supreme Court hearings. “
Sam Levin took part in this report