We’ve spent a lot of bandwidth discussing President Biden’s ongoing mental disintegration and his manifest unfitness for office, but he’s not alone: California’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein (Geriatric – CA) is eighty-nine, planning to finish out her current term, and so far silent on the prospect of running again in 2024. Excerpt:
It’s no secret that there have been concerns about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) mental health and capacity, even and including among her fellow Democrats. Yet Feinstein will intends to serve out her term, she told The Los Angeles Times on Monday, as was covered in a report by Nolan D. McCaskill.
When asked about finishing her term, Feinstein was firm. “Yes. Absolutely,” she said, adding “there’s still two years, you know. A lot can happen in two years.”
Stunningly, Feinstein even didn’t rule out running again in 2024, adding that that decision will come “probably by spring,” which was confirmed by a spokesperson. “The senator has no plans to step down and will announce her plans for 2024 at the appropriate time,” the spokesperson said.
If she falls seriously ill or dies, one can only imagine the grab-bag-of-diversity-checklist-items freakshow Gaving “Hair-Gel” Newsom would appoint in her stead. But that’s not where I’m going today.
She’s not alone; Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, just re-elected, who has been in the Senate since dirt. He was first elected to the Senate in the Reagan landslide of 1980 and is only a few months younger than Feinstein – although, admittedly, Senator Grassley is a lot sharper.
Mind you, that’s setting the bar pretty low.
All these elderly folks in Congress (and the Imperial Mansion) have me wondering if this is really such a hot idea, having fossils running the country. Granted I’m no spring chicken my own self, but there’s a big difference between 61 (me) and 89 (Senator Feinstein).
No person shall be eligible for any elected, employed or appointed office in the Federal government who has exceeded the age of eighty years or, in the case of elected officials, shall reach the age of eighty years within the term of office for which they seek election.
Simple, neat, concise. And it would preclude the current trend towards electing people who (like Joe Biden) are clearly not up to the job due to advanced age. People who are not up to the job for other reasons, well, that’s another problem.