Sen. Dianne Feinstein Announces Reelection Bid

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Twitter this morning that she will run for reelection in 2018.

For the last few weeks there’s been considerable speculation that Feinstein might retire in the face of a potential primary challenge from a progressive Democrat.

Just yesterday Feinstein hedged somewhat during an appearance on Fox News.

Feinstein, who had a pacemaker implanted in January, joined the Senate in 1992 after winning a special election. She is now the oldest U.S. senator and would be 91 at the end of another six-year term, if re-elected in November 2018.

The senator has been pressed recently by reporters about whether she’ll run again. “Well, we will see, won’t we?” she also said Sunday, when asked about another Senate campaign. Progressives are purportedly frustrated enough about her views on President Trump, DACA and single-payer health care to mount a challenge for her seat.

  • DevineBovine

    Time to take out the trash.

  • Blake Mason

    Term limits. For everyone.

  • another_steve

    Centrist Democrats are fine. Most Americans are centrists. Perhaps slightly left of center, but centrists nevertheless.

    • Leo

      The United States is a center-right country actually. Recent data bears that out. Wish it weren’t so, but it is.

      • another_steve

        I’d need to see how those survey questions are worded and how the answers are “ranked.”

        If you asked me, “Are you in favor of a strong and robust military?,” I’d answer “yes.” If you asked me, “Are you in favor of zero tolerance for violent criminal acts?,” I’d answer “yes.”

        And I consider myself quite progressive.

    • gaycuckhubby


    • JustDucky

      *As long as they don’t vote against their party and help Republicans kill progressive legislation.

    • james1200

      The energy that wins elections and changes the country is always found on the extremes: The New Dealers, civil rights, the Tea Party, whatever fascist movement is happening right now, all started on the fringes of the left and right and then took over and changed the country. That is the only way change happens, not with centrist bullshit. Have you not learned your lesson from the triangulating mess that was Hillary Clinton, after she lost a gimme election to a Nazi sympathizer? You’re letting your own centrist politics blind you to how change happens. No, the next wave that captures this country will be either Trump-style fascism, or a Bernie-style socialism that actually takes into account the struggles of working people, especially when it comes to their biggest expense: health care.

      • JustDucky

        You need both. The fringe shifts the goalposts and makes previously “radical” positions seem moderate by comparison. And then relatively moderate politicians are able to enact policy changes.

        For example, look at abortion: the fringe wants to ban all forms of birth control used by women (and also make sure STIs are fatal whenever possible) and that makes the “abortion ban with exceptions for rape and the life of the mother” people seem more moderate by comparison; the new goalposts have created space for the “federal 20 week abortion ban” shitshow that’s happening right now.

      • pch1013

        FDR came from a very rich family. I’m just saying.

        And since when is healthcare the “biggest expense” of working people? I will grant that there are many unfortunate people spending more on health care than on housing, but I suspect they’re (still) a small minority.

        • james1200

          What does FDR coming from a rich family have to do with anything? In fact, it’s one of the things that make him an even bigger hero, IMHO, because he put into place programs that taxed the shit out of people like him (90% top marginal rate) in order to provide work and welfare programs for the masses, something for which the rich considered him a “traitor to his class”.

      • another_steve

        Blog tunnel vision: The belief that everyone is activist-oriented and on an extreme end of the political spectrum.

        Newsbreak: Most people are neither activist-oriented nor on an extreme end of anything.

        Wake up from your blog hypno-trance, James.

  • Leo

    Well this comment thread started exactly as I thought it would.

    It will proceed accordingly.

  • bkmn

    Time for fresh blood that is invested in taking on the GOP.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I am counting on DiFI to draw plenty of fresh blood from the traitorous GOP.

      • Silver Badger

        We must agree to disagree on this one. She has served us well and it is time for her to retire. 80 is just too old. That goes for all legislators.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          I could support term limits – if it applied to everyone.
          However, term limits should be based on terms served, not age. There are plenty of really sharp folks over 70 who have much to offer out country.

        • bsinps

          Thank you, I feel the same way about D.F. she’s 84 years old. time to settle down.

    • james1200

      Amen. The Dems should be surging since, you know, a white supremacist lunatic is on the verge of bringing the country down from within but they’re actually moribund. They can’t even fundraise off this mess. I’m very, very afraid, especially with the old-guard Dems refusing to move aside so someone, anyone, who’s capable of fighting fire with fire can take over.

      The Democratic slogan, as ever, is: “C’mon, vote for us! We’re not as bad as that other guy over there!”

      • I’ve been saying this for years. Democrats have a number of issues that poll upwards of 65%. They should pick a half dozen or so of those and run on those and talk about nothing else. But no. It’s hard to win running against something unless the other side has become toxic in the extreme (see: 2006). Otherwise that really doesn’t work. I don’t know why Democrats suck so hard at messaging. It’s always as if they don’t want to win. (I don’t think that’s true. I think it’s just incompetence but if they were trying to throw elections, they couldn’t do a better job.)

        • james1200

          My latest paranoid fantasy: Dems, who have actually become addicted to Wall Street cash, are being paid off in order to stay quiet and lose elections. They’ll make out financially, especially after they leave office, like Hillary is doing now, so they have no real interest in upsetting the apple cart. But they try and give a good show in order to make us *think* we have a real two-party system, which, if you like and understand political history like I do, you’ll realize hasn’t been true since the 1980 election. FDR drove the money changers from the Democratic party and the 80’s Dems, led by Billary, invited them back in and we haven’t had a two-party system since.

          • pch1013

            If the past nine months haven’t conclusively demonstrated that “both parties are the same” is a complete and utter lie, then I suppose nothing ever will.

          • jixter

            Yup; and that’s why Dems are between a rock and a hard place. Nothing less than an all-out war on ‘Wall Street’ will fix the problem and the Democrats aren’t up to it, without a left-wing takeover. Most Democrats aren’t really Democrats at all.

        • pch1013

          Republicans are just better at marketing. Democrats would rather focus on boring stuff like policy.

          • FloBear

            No, Republicans are just better at lying. Democrats focus on boring stuff like facts.

          • Lawerence Collins

            They can’t run on facts or policies.
            Establishment Democrats like her, are to beholden to their rich oligarch donors.

          • jixter

            Which brings me again to today’s post at ‘Down With Tyranny’. It includes an interesting story about Harvey Milk, who was not a ‘DiFi’ fan.


          • TimCA

            And hate. Never underestimate the motivational value of ratcheting up animosity and the demonization of your opponents. The GOP are masters of this……unfortunately to the detriment of the country.

          • pch1013

            Marketing *is* lying.

          • How fucking hard is it to sell ideas that already poll at 60% or more? They are too busy stumbling over their own need to placate every tiny special interest group to sell popular mainstream ideas.

    • jixter

      I enjoyed reading this post today at ‘Down With Tyranny’

  • JoeMyGod
  • Sam_Handwich

    odd that the tweet is from an unverified account that hasn’t been active for 4 years

    • Does anyone think she posted the tweet? someone on her staff did that. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some other officeholders would be better off if they too turned over their social media accounts to a PR person.)

  • Leo

    What is equivocating to Trump exactly? What is not trying hard enough?

    She can’t single handedly pass the Dream Act. She can’t alone impeach Trump. CA will keep trying to pass their own health insurance system with or without her. What defines dead weight or having the power to affect legislation on her own other than press interviews? Honestly.

    There’s a healthy contingent of California Bernie voters on this board. Have at it. I’d love to hear it.

  • JoeMyGod

    So strange that she didn’t make the announcement on her verified account.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Let’s have a round of high-fives for the reelection of DiFi!

    • Leo

      You clearly can’t stand her. Could you enunciate why?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Huh? I love her.
        That was not a sarcastic post.

        • Leo

          Forgive my skepticism based on your numerous Bernie debates on this board.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            You might have me confused with another poster. I have scrupulously stayed out of any Bernie discussion. Never promoted him, never dumped on him.

          • Leo

            Must have. Sorry. Ah well, they’ll show up in this comment thread at some point.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            No problem. Occasional friendly fire happens.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Thats a sex thing, right?

          • gaycuckhubby

            Yep. Googled it. It is

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            It is a polyvalent term.
            To some it might mean that, to others it simply refers to accidental fire from your own team.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Someone should primary her if they feel that they have more to offer. And Dems should vote for the winner of the primary*

    *unless an absolutely crazy person wins aka Trump

    • pch1013

      Yep. If St. Bernard of Burlington is as massively popular as his fans say he is, then a Bernie-backed candidate should have no trouble dispatching Dianne.

      Never mind the failure of Berniecrats to win elections even here in über-Bernie-friendly San Francisco… this next one will be different! Just because!

  • Adam King

    She should graciously retire. She’s too old.

  • Silver Badger

    Asking any 80+ person to run for office is just wrong. They need to retire and let the next generation have a chance to screw up the country.

  • Leo
    • Silver Badger

      Good. I hope she is awarded enough to pay for college.

      • David L. Caster

        Full ride, through grad school.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Expelled? Talk about over-reaction.

      • bjtwuk

        It’s not an over reaction. It’s Texas and she’s black. She’s lucky they didn’t kill her.

        • JoeNCA

          And what were they protesting again?

          • bjtwuk

            They are protesting the extra-judicial killings of unarmed Black civilians in which the police who commit such acts rarely lose their jobs, rarely get put on trial, and never are convicted. As a matter of fact, the way this keeps happening, one might get the impression that Black lives don’t matter in the United States of America. So to make it abundantly clear for all to see that Black lives really don’t matter, a school in Texas will expel a young lady even though her simple act of civil disobedience was perfectly legal.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Good. I hope she gets a huge settlement

    • Well this is an easy case since the Supreme Court already ruled on this…in 1945!!!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Sam_Handwich
    • gaycuckhubby

      Uh oh.. kamala about to get attacked as a non-progressive DINO

      • pch1013

        Those attacks have been going on for months. Nothing to do with her race or gender, I’m sure.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Fuck purity tests

          • Lawerence Collins

            Fcuk those establishment frauds who can’t pass muster.

          • matrem

            Fuck Kremlin paid faux progressives trying to undermine the advancement of progressive politics with reactionary smear campaigns in an effort to split the vote.

        • Lawerence Collins

          Not on my end. I’d love an actual progressive woman President.
          I’d vote for Nina Turner in a second.
          She’s a true progressive leader!

      • As if she had any real choice but to support her own party’s candidate. Some people are just too dense.

      • Lawerence Collins

        Yup, I just did. Because that’s what she is. A DINO.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Harris is nothing more then an establishment Democrat. One who’s pretending that she’s progressive.
      She refused to prosecute any of the big bankers or Wall St. thugs, after the crash ten years ago.

      • matrem

        And you’re nothing more than a troll.

  • Al

    Time to go, dear. You are becoming a DINO in old age. And it ain’t like you need the money.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      You say that like it’s a bad thing?!

  • whollyfool
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Trump is failing at everything. Everywhere and every time.
      Trump is a LOSER!
      (and incompetent dotard)

    • JCF

      Well, they’re mainly black there, aren’t they? [Ergo, could there be any doubt?]

  • Tom

    Lets not open a (relatively) safe seat to an expensive race in 2018.
    We have at least 2 dozen Democratic Senate seats to defend. My hope is that she wins and then while CA has a Dem governor her replacement is named.

    • JAX

      I can support this tactic.

    • gothambear

      I agree – she is not perfect but she is an intelligent and accomplished senator and why not let her be in power when trump goes down? she can help

    • JoeNCA

      Well, the way it works in CA is that the top two finishers in the primary go on to the general. Which in CA probably means (again) it’ll be two different Democrats competing in the general.

      • pch1013

        Or a Dem vs. an independent.

      • Tom

        Thank you for the information.

  • Mike

    Yesterday the cowardly, wimpy, queen of weak tea Dianne Feinstein said that there is no law that could have prevented the massacre in Las Vegas. I can think of a few, Dianne. Start with not only making unlimited access to automatic weapons and ammunition illegal, but make them unobtainable by average American psychos. Granted, there may still be killers who can get their hands on, say, a knife, but they will have a harder time committing mass murder what that kind of weapon.

    We need bolder and braver Democrats. No more quislings.

    • FogBound

      DiFi knows a little something about assault weapons and the law, and she is no quisling. See “Federal Assault Weapons Ban” of 1994. While a ban on the supply of such weapons would certainly limit the number of assholes trying to do it, she understands you can’t prevent 100% of the assholes. The toothpaste is out of that bloody tube thanks to the NRA and the Republicans. In all honesty, how do you make them “unobtainable” at this point? A badly-needed (and enforced) ban will only limit the number – not eliminate it. I 100% agree with your frustration, and it might well be the right time for her to step aside. But, Senator Feinstein has never been “wimpy,” “weak tea,” or “cowardly” to my knowledge.

  • No. It’s not that I don’t like Feinstein, but at 91 it’s past time to retire. This is a huge problem in American politics. Ted Kennedy should have retired too, picked a successor and then campaigned for that candidate. But no. he died and a Republican picked up that seat in a special election at a crucial time. That’s about ego not about party OR country.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Very well put. If California Democrats need to renominate even a highly respected octogenarian for the Senate, well, why?

      As @realDonaldTrump would put it: Sad!

      • It becomes a problem when people get to a career level and then sit there. No one can move up and that creates a vacuum of leadership and especially a shortage of qualified people to run for President and Vice President. Fortunately most states term limit governors or the same thing would be going on there as well. I’m not in favor of term limits for Congress, but if members can’t see that it’s time to retire, then maybe they need to be retired by the voters. in CA that means a primary challenger.

        • pch1013

          And/or a general election challenger. CA is an open-primary state.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Houndentenor is quite correct. I would much rather see Senator Feinstein honorably conclude her distinguished career in public service by mentoring the next generation, including her Democratic successor.

          However, in the end, if she indeed chooses to run in 2018, California Democratic Primary voters will have to give her the news.

          It’s much more dignified to move on in style. Thank you, DiFi! Well done!

  • Ken M

    No offense intended, but if the Dems are serious is their desire to activate their younger base, this is not the way to go about it. CA is a state that could easily replaces it’s DC representation with younger if they wanted to. A willingness to retire (as she should) wouldn’t show weakness. If anything it would show her desire to offer opportunity for change and growth that the party is always boasting.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Senator Feinstein, thank you for your service to San Francisco, California, and our great country, the United States of America.

    Please continue to serve America as a highly respected senior stateswoman, as a distinguished retired Senator, focusing on developing our nation’s leadership for the future. [In other words, Do Not Run in 2018.]

    Thank you again.

  • Dagoril

    Retire already!

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    In her million years in politics, she coulda tried to do more about the separation of church n’ state. Coulda…

  • Natty Enquirer

    Isn’t it time to get in the limousine and head home?

    • andrew

      Yep, and we can thank her for a job well done.

  • pch1013

    Quick reminder: California is an open-primary state, which means the general election will quite likely pit Feinstein against another Democrat. The likelihood of a Republican winning her seat is vanishingly remote, because California.

    A candidate representing the anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-environment, anti-healthcare Party of Trump stands no chance here, unless he or she simply lies about his or her party affiliation.

    A far more likely scenario is that a progressive but non-party-affiliated billionaire, perhaps a celebrity, will jump into the race.

  • JWC

    Good luck

  • Ninja0980

    She has served us well but I’m sorry, it’s time for some new young blood to take on the GOP.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I was thinking the same thing. She’s done a lot, but it’s time for some fresh faces to pick up the torch. That said, where are they?

  • andrew

    Fienstein has been an accomplished progressive Democratic Senator. It is unfortunate that she doesn’t realize that it is past time for her to step aside and let a younger progressive Democrat represent California in the Senate. She has the recent example of two fine Democratic Senators who did just that. Barbara Boxer D-CA chose not to seek reelection at 76 and Barbara Mikulski D-MD. stepped aside at 81. We have a minimum age requirement of 30 to serve in the Senate. I think that it would be wise for the voters to impose a maximum age as well.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I don’t get why someone would want to be in Congress deep into their 80s and then into their early 90s. Are they really *that* valuable that they can’t step aside?

  • leastyebejudged

    She’s just awful, California deserves her.

    • pch1013

      Would you care to elaborate on that comment?

  • Gary

    Geezus. Can’t we get a young Dem senator with progressive thinking? Feinstein is way past use by date.

  • Jay Mills

    She and others in the Senate are still clinging to the notion that they belong to an august body from the past that puts the nation’s best interests over politics. That ship sailed some time ago. The only way to save any vestige of our democracy is to fight fire with fire, obstruct, and destroy. Appeasement did not work in the 1930’s, and it’s not working now. Look at the egg on the faces of Schumer and Pelosi after their failed “negotiation” with DT over DACA.

    • Ann Kah

      Still, it’s nice to have a few adults in the room.

  • trouble94114

    Oh dear… Won’t someone please tell Mrs. Blum that now would be a REALLY nice time for her to retire and spend some time with the family.

    Seriously, she is far past her “sell by” date.

  • John Kusters

    Sorry, Ms. Feinstein, but I hope someone truly progressive runs against you in the Primary. You’ve done your bit, time for you to retire and let someone else represent the State. Preferably one who will represent the *people* rather than just the *corporations* like you tend to. I’m eagerly looking forward to supporting someone else in that election.

  • Robincho

    Semper (Di)Fi…