by Daveda Gruber:
Okay Republicans, it’s time to bring out the popcorn! This should be interesting.
Delegates at the party’s annual convention giving the majority of votes to progressive State Senator Kevin de Leon.
They will not endorse Senator Dianne Feinstein for re-election this year.
The more moderate Feinstein got 37 percent of the vote. De Leon got 54 percent of the vote.
Neither one of the Democrats will receive the state party endorsement because they failed to reach the 60 percent threshold.
The vote totals did not come as a surprise, considering the state party’s liberal leaning.
According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polls average, Feinstein leads de Leon by 29 percentage points in the primary race.
De Leon said, “The outcome of today’s endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign’s momentum as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder against a complacent status quo. California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.”
— CA Democratic Party (@CA_Dem) February 25, 2018
Feinstein is the oldest member of the Senate. She is 84 years old and is seeking a sixth term.
When is old too old? Maybe Feinstein needs to retire?
Some on the left were not happy with Feinstein last fall after she appeared to voice optimism about Trump becoming “a good president.”
Was she getting to like President Trump?
Feinstein also recently said that former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which Trump is ending, was on shaky legal ground.
DACA provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants of which many of whom came to the United States as children.
Even with all this, Feinstein will be difficult to beat. Taking into consideration that her establishment support and standing among independents and women is still strong. These are two key voting blocs.
Ben Tulchin, a San Francisco-based pollster, recently said, “It will be tough to outflank her in that capacity.”
‘Term limits’ still comes to my mind.