Veteran congresswoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, committed a grave sin that has some of her fellow progressives calling for her head as punishment, The Daily Caller reported.
During the hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Feinstein failed to attack the Supreme Court nominee as viciously as some on the left had hoped. She also had the audacity to thank Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for how he conducted the hearings, even giving him a hug afterward. This led to several left-leaning activist groups to demand Feinstein be removed from her leadership role on the committee, according to The Hill.
“Needs new leadership”
The president of the National Abortion Rights Action League, Ilyse Hogue, insisted Friday that “new leadership” on the Judiciary Committee is needed immediately.
In a press release, Hogue decried Barrett’s confirmation hearing as “illegitimate” and a “sham” process, one that she believes was opposed by a majority of Americans and poses a “grave threat to every freedom and right we hold dear and tears the very fabric of our democracy.”
She continued, “The Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, failed to make this clear and in fact offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people.”
“As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership,” Hogue concluded.
NARAL was not alone in demanding Feinstein’s ouster from the committee.
Former Obama administration staffer Brian Fallon, now the executive director of far-left advocacy group Demand Justice, demanded the senator step down. “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,” Fallon said in a statement, according to The Hill.
American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman Ornstein tweeted, “Diane Feinstein praising Barrett, and then inexplicably praising Graham, is a clear sign that she should not remain as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.”
But what did she say that was so bad?
Here is what Feinstein said to Graham at the conclusion of the hearing that sparked so much partisan consternation, according to The Hill.
The American people can be the judge of whether what Feinstein said is worthy of condemnation, or whether its condemnation is a mark of how radical the far-left actors of the Democratic Party have become.
Mr. Chairman, I just want to thank you. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in and I want to thank you for your fairness and the opportunity of going back and forth. It leaves one with a lot of hopes, a lot of questions and even some ideas — perhaps some good bipartisan legislation we can put together to make this great country even better. Thank you for your leadership.