It’s important for voters to be aware of any health issues that an elected official may have, but as I pointed out at the time, the timing of the article was problematic because it coincided with calls from Democrats and media figures, including the Times, for Feinstein to step down immediately and be replaced by a more “woke” politician.
When questioned about Feinstein and the retirement issue, Clinton initially used her acquaintance and professional partnership with Feinstein to bolster her pretended authority as a type of topic expert:
“Let me just say a word concerning my friend and longstanding colleague Dianne Feinstein,” she said. “First of all, the shingles and encephalitis she experienced have left her suffering immensely. She just received a reelection vote from Californians, which presents her with a problem. She was elected by the people, who decided to support her since she was a wonderful and powerful leader.”
She then blatantly confessed that Feinstein shouldn’t retire because Democrats need judges to be confirmed, despite the fact that it is obviously evident from images that she ought to remain at home resting rather than being carried into the Senate and different committee rooms as a stamp of approval for the Biden agenda. She attributed her callous judgment to whom? Republicans:
She said, referring to Feinstein’s influential position on the Judiciary Committee, “Here’s the dilemma: the Republicans aren’t going to agree to add another person there if she retires.” (Feinstein’s absence from the Senate this year for over three months due to health difficulties caused a stalemate on the closely split Judiciary Committee since Democrats were unable to approve President Biden’s judicial appointments without Republican backing.) “I want you to consider how terrible that is. Although she can’t right now, I don’t know if she would or would not in her heart. Because we can not afford to leave her seat empty if we are to confirm judges, which is one of our most significant ongoing tasks.”
“Of course, we will allow you to replace this job if she leaves, if Republicans were to say that as well as do the kind thing and say, well this lady was critically sick, she had just lost her spouse to cancer. But they’re not going to say that,” she said. “So what should we do now? When she was being pressured to resign, someone said, Okay, no more judges, That’s not, in my opinion, a wise trade-off.”