Even as President Donald Trump is set to announce his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the end of the week, Democratic Party leaders remain largely unified in their opposition of a confirmation vote prior to Election Day.
Some Senate Democrats, however, are beginning to believe that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is not up for the political fight expected to play out over the coming weeks, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“She can’t pull this off”
Feinstein, 87, has been in public office for half a century, dating back to her first position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. From there, she moved up the ranks to become mayor of San Francisco and, in 1992, she was elected to her first of five terms in the U.S. Senate.
After all those years and countless partisan battles, however, some critics within her party apparently think she is no longer as sharp as she once was — and could be ill-suited for the brewing fight in the Senate. According to one anonymous source, “she can’t pull this off.”
With Election Day just weeks away, Republicans are poised to kick the nomination and confirmation process into high gear.
In an effort to prevent that outcome or at least delay the inevitable, Democrats are expected to use whatever tools are available to them as a minority party. With Feinstein serving as a senior member of that caucus, she has maintained that she is willing and able to join in the effort.
“Let me say this: I know it’s going to be a fight, I understand that,” she said.
“Fight tooth and nail”
Acknowledging that her party does not “have a lot of tools to use,” she vowed to “try to delay and obstruct” even if the GOP ultimately pushes a nominee through the confirmation process.
“That doesn’t mean that we won’t fight tooth and nail,” Feinstein said, though not everyone is convinced.
She is “not sure what she’s doing,” according to one unidentified Democratic senator quoted by Politico.
Citing the contentious confirmation hearings ahead of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the source said “we may be short two senators because of that” and it could lead to “the same result.”
If Republicans are successful, as it appears that they will be, this Supreme Court pick could be the last-minute win Trump and others in the party need to push them over the top.