MSNBC Panel Dismisses Feinstein's Endorsement of Biden: 'She's Out of Step' With Democratic Base

January 21, 2019

An MSNBC panel quickly dismissed as unimportant Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D., Calif.) endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for president in 2020.

The assessment came during a discussion about Sen. Kamala Harris' (D., Calif.) entry into the presidential race and the early Democratic primary states.

"As we were talking about, I mean, [in] Iowa, [Harris] probably needs to place in sort of the top five just to keep the momentum going. It's about to get to South Carolina after that. But also the California primary has been moved up. It's March 1st, and the California primary requires a lot of money and a lot of name recognition. And she will probably find the money, I'm thinking, but she will already have that name recognition in California," Shawna Thomas, Vice News' D.C. bureau chief, said.

"Does it matter that her senior senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, has said Biden is my guy?" anchor Hallie Jackson asked.

The panelists collectively responded that it did not matter.

"She's out of step with the Democratic party base, especially heading into 2020, Axios politics reporter Alexi McCammond said.

"And the progressive base as well. Let's not forget her reelection recently," MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre added.

Earlier this month, Feinstein said Biden "brings a level of experience and seniority which I think is really important." When asked about Harris' possible candidacy, she responded, "I love Kamala. But this is a different kind of thing."

In 2003, Feinstein endorsed Harris' run for district attorney, and in 2008 she administered the oath of office after Harris was reelected to the post. Feinstein also supported Harris' run for attorney general in 2010 and her Senate campaign in 2016.

Harris supported Feinstein last year when she faced a Democratic challenger in her Senate race.