August 22, 2003

Feinstein's Mask Slips

Yesterday, Dianne Feinstein announced that she would not vote for Cruz Bustamante in California's October 7 gubernatorial recall election.

A real Democrat would urge voters to vote in such a way that maximizes the likelihood of California's governor after the election remaining a Democrat, i.e. no on the recall, yes on Bustamante.

I've wondered for years why Feinstein is a registered Democrat. Her voting record makes it clear that she would much happier as a liberal Republican under the Pete Wilson/Richard Riordan model. The only faction of the Democratic Party with whom she appears to be congruent are the other Republicans-in-Democratic-clothing like Joe Lieberman and the DLC.

If Feinstein wants a Republican to win the recall, she should change parties and have done with it. If she does, she would surely get her pick of choice committee assignments from the Senate's majority party. Wouldn't that be a better way of serving her constituents, or at least the portion of her constituents whom she actually serves?

Posted by abostick at August 22, 2003 08:37 AM

Well, as you know, there are only four liberal Republicans, and they're all out of power.

[Mild exaggeration.]

Posted by: D. Potter at August 22, 2003 10:01 AM

I suppose it could be argued that the DLC, composed chiefly of people who would have fit seamlessly into the Nixon Administration thirty years ago, is trying to position the Democratic Party as the place to go for Republicans who have been alienated by the takeover of their party by troglodytes.

Oh brave new world, that Richard Nixon would be considered a liberal Republican in't!

Posted by: Alan Bostick at August 22, 2003 07:32 PM

i lived in sf under mayor feinstein's reign. though i have nothing bad to say about her as a mayor (conversely, nothing great to say either), i have great disdain for her as a senator.

she was one of the loudest democrats after the 2000 election fiasco crying "it's time to move on."

to me, that was traitorous.

she was also one of the first to vote to give awol the unlimited war powers in the current iraqi mess.

as i've often said about lieberman: with democrats like her, who needs repulbicans?

Posted by: skippy at September 5, 2003 12:18 PM

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