Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) is under attack by members of her own party—not over some policy dispute but because Feinstein said something nice about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), her colleague on the Senate Judiciary Committee, following the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
The attacks on Feinstein escalated to the point where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) was compelled to have a "long and serious talk" with Feinstein about her unacceptable conduct, which included giving Graham a hug at the conclusion of the hearings.
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Because Feinstein is an 87-year-old Democrat whose best days are behind her, the media have generally sided with her critics. If she were a member of the other party—the bad one, the "Tea Party" party—the media might be more sympathetic and eager to publish reports like this one, which is fake:
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Radical leftists continued to exert their influence on the Democratic Party by demanding the removal of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"It's time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she won't, her colleagues need to intervene," said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, a far-left activist organization with ties to a shadowy dark money group.
Justice Democrats, the radical left-wing super PAC responsible for the rise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and other freshman members of the "Squad," who have consistently turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism, also called on Feinstein to step down.
Feinstein has been in the Squad's crosshairs for some time. In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez, aka "AOC," eviscerated Feinstein for refusing to embrace the Green New Deal, a far-left proposal to radically transform the American economy by getting rid of "farting cows and airplanes." AOC accused the senator of "trying to introduce watered-down proposals that are frankly going to kill us."
The intraparty backlash against Feinstein is another example of how the politics of resentment, as opposed to ideological or policy disagreements, is fueling the radical left's takeover of the Democratic Party. Feinstein's biggest mistake, according to her critics, was not hating President Donald Trump enough. Or maybe it was simply because they don't believe a woman should have so much power.
Liberal extremists were livid after Feinstein praised the conduct of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman who presided over Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings. Yet a number of her male colleagues, including Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.), also had kind words for Graham. The men were not targeted by the extremists.
To make matters worse, Feinstein embraced Graham in a hug at the end of the hearing, which aggrieved liberals took as a sign that Feinstein still believed in the "myth" of bipartisanship and viewed her Republican colleague as a human being. Above all else, this was her most unforgivable betrayal.
Many of Feinstein's critics define their political ideology by a visceral hatred of President Trump. They do not accept him as a legitimate president and therefore refuse to recognize the legitimacy of his Supreme Court nominee. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has described the confirmation process as "not constitutional," which is false.
In a sign of the radical left wing's growing influence within the party, top Democrats refused to stand by their colleague amid the barrage of criticism and calls for Feinstein's removal from the committee. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said he "had a long and serious talk with Sen. Feinstein" but declined to elaborate.
Because she represents one of the most liberal states in the country, Feinstein's extremist critics are confident they can field a more radical candidate to mount a primary challenge against her in 2024, should she decide to run for reelection.