This top Democrat’s mental health is being called into question. But it’s not who you think

Political leaders have power and perks and a job many don’t part with willingly once they get it.

Many of the national Democrat leaders have been in politics for decades if not generations.

Now this top Democrat’s mental health is being called into question. But it’s not who you think.

The New York Times reports that Washington, D.C. Democrats are struggling to keep Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA), who is 88-years-old, declining mental health a secret.

Feinstein was forced by her caucus leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), to step down as Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member before Democrats gained the majority in Congress and she has recently struggled to recall names of colleagues as well as meetings and conversations.

This has become an open secret on Capitol Hill where it has been “widely” but also “always privately” accepted that Feinstein is suffering from “acute short-term memory issues.”

According to the Times, “At 88, Ms. Feinstein sometimes struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, and at times walks around in a state of befuddlement — including about why she is increasingly dogged by questions about whether she is fit to serve in the Senate representing the 40 million residents of California, according to half a dozen lawmakers and aides who spoke about the situation on the condition of anonymity. Ms. Feinstein is often engaged during meetings and phone conversations, usually coming prepared and taking notes. But hours later, she will often have forgotten those interactions, said the people familiar with the situation, who insisted that they not be named because they did not want to be quoted disparaging a figure they respect.”

Reports from The San Francisco Chronicle suggest that Feinstein’s declining health might mean it is time for her to resign in the near future, although her office says she has no plans to leave office before the end of her term.

According to The Chronicle, “Four U.S. Senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers and the California Democratic member of Congress told The Chronicle in recent interviews that her memory is rapidly deteriorating. They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent the nearly 40 million people of California. Some close to her said that on her most difficult days, she does not seem to fully recognize even longtime colleagues.”

Feinstein has been a U.S. Senator from California since 1992 and while both parties have elderly elected representatives, the Democrats’ leaders are disproportionately older still.

President Joe Biden will turn 80-years-old on November 20 and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 82-years-old and both have had questions raised about their mental acuity in recent years.

While age alone shouldn’t be disqualifying, when obvious signs of aging impair our leaders’ ability to perform the duties required, it’s time for them to step aside.

The American people deserve leaders who are capable, and will no doubt factor this into their decision on Election Day.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.


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