Dianne Feinstein, a relic of US politics who has served six terms as California senator, has passed away at 90 following a health battle with shingles, as reported by Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman.
The elderly woman was away from the Senate whilst battling a bout of shingles, only to return last May without even being aware of her own two-month absence. When a reporter questioned Feinstein about how her fellow co-workers felt about her brief vacancy, she scolded them and insisted she had been present and voting the entire time.
Then, another incident in July further highlighted Feinstein’s fragile state, when she required assistance during a Senate Appropriations Committee session, responding to a simple voting prompt with an elongated speech before being directed to just say “aye”.
Feinstein’s cognitive decline had been a subject of discussion for over a year, with numerous reports portraying her in states of befuddlement and forgetfulness. Her appearances escorted by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter sparked speculations, hinting at a subtle political play by Rep. Adam Schiff eyeing Feinstein’s seat, wishing her to remain until the 2024 elections— talk about elder abuse!
Why? Because California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom has pledged to appoint a black woman in case of Feinstein’s early departure, putting Rep. Barbara Lee, a declared opponent to Schiff, in a potentially advantageous position for the 2024 race.
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