Feinstein fell Tuesday. “All of her scans were clear and she returned home,” the senator’s office said, adding that her hospital visit lasted about two hours.

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    Why not retire at retirement age? I am sure there would be a younger democrat that would have been elected to do the job.

    Seems like people get power and they don’t want to give it up.

    Oh and fix our social security system AND put the age back to 65.

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      She barely seems like she knows what’s going on. I feel like it’s people under her and around her that are keeping her propped up to hold onto the little power they might have. This is purely speculation with no actual evidence.

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        Our eyes are enough evidence. She’s barely cognizant, just a step or two below vegetable.

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        I saw this same theory put up somewhere else. Her family gets special treatment as they are related to a sitting senator. Once she retires there goes that special treatment. So they will prop her up as long as needed to get that treatmemt. Probably why so many members of the senate are old as fuck.

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          Lol no it’s other politicians doing the whole weekend at bernies thing because it’s a lot easier to control her vote than a newcomer.

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      The problem is that Republicans have said they will not allow another Democrat to take her seat on the committee, meaning we have to wait until Jan 2025 to redo the committees. With her absent, the Committe doesn’t have enough votes to pass anything above Republican opposition, and they have made it clear they will obstruct and block ALL judges appointed by Biden. Replacing her will mean a political shutdown for the next 16 months because the GOP is playing this game.

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        This is the answer that most people either aren’t aware of or don’t want to acknowledge. It’s really shitty, but that’s what it is.

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    Your weekly reminder that there is a minimum age requirement to serve in the senate, but bo maximum, and that needs to change.

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      I don’t even think this is necessarily an age issue. You can get Alzheimer’s at 50 too. To me the issue is a shameful unwillingness from Democrats to acknowledge Feinstein’s inability to fulfill her duties. Pelosi straight up called people sexist for suggesting Feinstein should step down. It’s despicable. If I was in California, I’d be pretty fucking mad right now that my senator was being used as a tool to advance other people’s interests by preying on her dementia.

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        I was mad that we re-elected that mummy in 2020, but her opponent turned out to be pretty crappy, too.

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          Yeah, bullet dodged on that guy. It’s pretty shitty when the choices are a racist or someone with Alzheimer’s. Especially considering how large California is, I’m pretty sure they could have come up with better options.

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            Yeah, it’s really fucked up to keep seeing comments from non-Californians blaming us for voting for her, as though we have any kind of real choice.

            Regardless, it’s yet another case of Americans blaming other Americans, as usual, instead of blaming a system that allows this shit to happen and doesn’t give us viable choices of candidates in the first place.

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        Feinstein isn’t the only problem here. In fact the 118th Congress average age is the third oldest since 1789 .

        I cannot understand why people continue voting for the same incumbent year after year. Not once have I voted for the a politician, then thought to myself in the next election “they listen to me and deserve my vote again”. I refuse to vote twice for any politician unless I actually believe they care about the average person and I’ll be honest that has never happened. Maybe I just grew up in the wrong era and didn’t get to appreciate these politicians when they were in their prime twenty years ago?

        I just don’t get it. Are we voting based on a popularity contest of names we recognize on the ballot with a D or R next to their name? How f*cking pathetic. Look across the asile, both ways - maybe there’s someone decent out there. Unlikely, but maybe they’re better than the current guy who’s been there for thirty years.

        Politicians like diapers should be changed often, and for the same reason.

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        Yes, ageism is horrible and too common especially against women. But it’s really disingenuous to say there should be no age limit whatsoever, especially when it’s acceptable in every other industry. No one is “preying on her dementia” as some kind of distraction. They have a political advantage to having her stay in office, it’s really not that hard. The choices are bullshit, as usual, because it comes down to keeping her in office the rest of her life or open it up to some fascist conservative.

        Of course reasonable Californians are mad. But do you have time to organize and get the signatures for a special recall election? Not many people do.

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    Say what you will about her politics, I really appreciate how she let me respec in BG3!

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    Her failure to get the fuck out of the way is obstructionist. She is an asset only to the fascist shits on the other side of the aisle who benefit from a zombie occupying her seat.

    Retire already. Or hurry up and have a stroke or something - just quit being a ball and chain to actual progress.

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      She has moderate to severe dementia. Either Alzheimer’s or lewybody . So she can live for awhile longer yet. So look for more weekend at Bernie’s moments in the near future. Popcorn? 🍿

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      My bet: Somebody on her staff is intentionally encouraging her to remain in order to help the GOP

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    Resign for fuck’s sake! Newsom will appoint a replacement who is at least as far left as Feinstein, probably more so.

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      Therein lies the problem.

      I vote D basically straight ticket, because that’s the only option I have in my state. But traditional Dems still only want us drifting so far left; corporate interests still stranglehold politics on both sides. Dems just have the decency to support general human rights while transferring wealth.

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        Im sure the homeless trans girl living in poverty takes comfort knowing that dems care about which bathroom she uses.

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    For someone her age, you go to the hospital for every fall.

    This doesn’t make me think she’s any more decrepit, honestly. I already knew she is barely there.

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            I already clarified democrats dont get my vote. Fascist or enabler of Fascists. Red or blue, call it whatever you want. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for right wing fascists. A vote for republicans is a vote for right wing fascists. Moderates have helped kill progress in this country by supporting the repressive status quo.

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              Plenty stupid logic. A few votes have won elections. Oh and last time I checked, the Dems just won and we’re still not in a fascist dictatorship. Oh and Trump is finally being charged. So seems that both sides aren’t the same, but this exact apathetic talking point often comes from a certain Russian farm.

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                That’s cute, liberals wouldn’t know fascism if it was President and passed laws locking up black people for bullshit. Caused mass deportations, sued to keep opponents off ballots, and rigged their own primaries for their preferred corporate warhawk

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    I got really frustrated at reddit for constantly questioning why she won’t retire, when the reality is we should be questioning why we keep voting her into office.

    The sentiment is spreading to here.

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      I have a guess! Uninformed democrats voting party line, name familiarity enforces it, possibly some even remember when she was “good”, and incumbents usually have easier time at winning the votes.

      I am sure there are probably many Republicans who vote for her to keep her seat occupied and useless. It’s not uncommon in California for some ballots to have positions with only Democrats running so it’s also a pick your poison for the right, and candidates in california can be pretty progressive.

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      You assume it’s her choice at this point. She’s a decrepit puppet with some dick weeds hand up her ass telling her what to say and what to vote for. It’s as farcical as weakened at Bernie’s. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her hand raise on a fucking string

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    I am not familiar with her, so I cannot really say for certain what I think about her. What I CAN say is if a minor fall puts you in the hospital for a couple of hours, maybe you’re not fit to be in a seat of power.

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      A minor fall could put anyone in the hospital, if you hit something just right. She’s unfit for other reasons.

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      That’s not the issue. A fall can hurt and I’d want a politician to make sure they’re not concussed.

      The issue is stuff like a few months ago where she was out of office for weeks/months and when she came back she tried to argue with reporters that it didn’t happen, because she couldn’t remember that for an extended period of time she was physically/mentally unable to work.

      Even when she was “better” she has no clue what’s happening around here.

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    The first fall is nearly always the first obvious sign it is the beginning of the end for the elderly. :(

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      Certainly can be. Falls that lead to permanent disability, or loss of function are “sentinel events.” Hip fractures are really a bad sign specifically. Like, so bad that you gotta square away wills and end of life care.

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        Yep my wife is an xray tech. Old people and broken hips are a very bad combo. They usually die from complications associated with it.