Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been heralded for many decades as a feminist leader in the Democratic Party, but those days have come to an end abruptly. The California Democratic Party recently endorsed her far-left socialist primary challenger.
Kevin de León is a sitting state senator who is attempting to jump to the national stage. He received the support of 65 percent of the state party’s executive committee during their meeting this weekend in Oakland. Feinstein urged voters not to endorse anyone “in the name of party unity,” but her desperate gambit failed.
“Today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.,” De León said. “The nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party is leading the call for a new generation of leadership who will fight to advance a bold agenda.”
Feinstein will still be difficult to beat come November. In last month’s top-two primary, Feinstein bested De Leon by a 44 percent to 12 percent margin and has much more money in her coffers than her opponent. The campaign claims they are not worried.
“While 217 delegates expressed their view today, Senator Feinstein won by 2.1 million votes and earned 70% of the Democratic vote in the California Primary election, carrying every county by double digits over her opponent,” Feinstein’s campaign manager Jeff Millman said. “We are confident that a large majority of California Democrats will vote to reelect Senator Feinstein in November.”
Feinstein, who is the nation’s oldest Senator at the age of 85, is clinging to power as the Democratic Party drifts to the far left. De Leon is not making this easy for her, as he demagogues Feinstein on many key issues – including the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
“We need to shut the Senate down and never allow this individual to come to the Senate floor,” De Leon said. “What’s at stake is a generation of power, decisions that will affect each and every one of us.”
Now, Feinstein will not just have to fight off Trump and the Republicans to keep power, but the rising socialist radicals of her own party as well.