For those of us who watched the Kavanaugh hearings, it was evident that senior Democrat Dianne Feinstein was not well. Now, what was a closely guarded secret in DC is now out in the open.
New Yorker staffer writer Jane Mayer published a story Thursday citing people familiar with Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s current situation saying her apparent cognitive decline has been “evident for several years.”
Those familiar with the senator’s current state told the New Yorker that Feinstein, 87, has been “seriously struggling” and that her short-term memory “has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have.”
First, we have to emphasize that no one should be crowing over Feinstein’s decline. Anyone that has had a family member suffer from dementia or Alzheimers knows that it’s a tragic situation for the victim and the family. We wish Senator Feinstein all the best.
It’s equally true, that the 87-year-old’s condition emphasizes the term for congressional term limits. DC politicians frequently serve for decades and begin to view their seat as a birthright.
Is it any wonder that we’ve seen so many politicians afflicted by cognitive decline or other crippling maladies while they’re supposed to be responsible for some of the most crucial leadership positions in our Republic? The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Democratic candidate Joe Biden also come to mind.
This situation is unacceptable. One of the prerequisites for being in a position of public service is the ability to do the job. It is both irresponsible and inhumane to allow politicians to hold office when they are no longer in full possession of their faculties.