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Progressive Democrats Moving to Censure Dianne Feinstein

Following two recent dubious votes — one to confirm assumed torture-supporter attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey and the other to confirm racist bigot judge Leslie Southwick in Mississippi — the Huffington Post reports that a coalition of progressive Democrats will ask the California Democratic Party to censure the long-serving Senator at an executive board meeting this weekend.

FeinsteinAccording to the HuffPost, "The move comes as Feinstein again finds herself under fire for saying Thursday that she now supports granting legal immunity to telecom companies that shared customer email and phone messages with the federal government as part of the warrantless surveillance program."

This follows an "illuminating" trip to California as a guest of George W. Bush on Air Force One.

The full text of the resolution, which can be read on their site, concludes:

"Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has failed to support the policies and principles of our party. Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party expresses its disappointment at, and censure of, Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials."

Here's the online petition for censure.

Feinstein Faces Dem Censure After Backing Mukasey [huffington post]

Previously
GOP Lauds Feinstein as "Linchpin" Vote for Racist Bigot Judge [tr]

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  1. It's about time!!

    Posted by: shane | Nov 13, 2007 12:23:40 PM


  2. If she decides to seek re-election, she must be challenged. THe bitch is another Lieberman. No, no, no, don't even try it--there aint no anti-semitism here. Maybe Feinstein & Lieberman are anti-liberal.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2007 12:27:20 PM


  3. I really hope they go through with it. She needs to be reminded why we in California sent her to DC in the first place.

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Nov 13, 2007 12:36:57 PM


  4. Time to ditch the bitch. California demos need to start looking for a suitable replacement. This DINO and the other's (Reid, Pelosi, Emmanuel) have to be thrown out of the party for good.

    Posted by: Bud | Nov 13, 2007 12:37:45 PM


  5. Frankly, I think they should just kick her out of the Democratic party. She already votes like a Republican anyway...so let her be a Republican. And Derrick, you are right...she must be challenged in her re-election bid.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 13, 2007 12:38:15 PM


  6. The real scandal is how her husband allegedly has both hands in the cookie jar of federal defense contracts that she gets to vote on. However, I doubt she is going anywhere.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Nov 13, 2007 12:48:22 PM


  7. I thought I fired this bitch. I distinctly recall sending her an e-mail telling her to pack it up and go.

    Damn, she klings on harder than Larry Craig! But, if My husband was making billions of dollars in government contracts as a result of my senate seat, I'd tend to hang on as long as possible and continue to kiss ass to the ones putting those billions in his pocket!!

    Read about DiFi's monumental conflict of interest! http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/freedomline/current/in_our_opinion/Dianne-Feinstein-Conflict.htm

    Posted by: Michael Hawthorne | Nov 13, 2007 12:59:26 PM


  8. DiFi is another member of the Senate Club. Senators protect each other no matter the party no matter what. She coasted to re-election last year for another 6 years. She knows she can do what ever she wants with no consequences and she will continue to do so. DiFi lives in a wealthy privileged protected bubble environment, so does her husband (Dicky Bird). I’m sure she has no idea her constituents revile her. Her office staff and her handlers treat her like she’s the Queen of Sheba. No bad news ever reaches her without being “filtered”. DiFi has her own private goon squad to make sure none of the filthy public can get within 100 feet of her or any of her homes/offices. The California corrupt Democratic Party LOVE her. She helped elect the terminator to a second term as Governor and helped Darrell Isa recall Gray Davis.

    Posted by: ggreen | Nov 13, 2007 1:00:57 PM


  9. Censure her!! We progressives must stand together and PURGE our party of turncoats like Lieberman and Feinstein. Let them go "independent" if not all the way to the GOP.

    Censuring Feinstein would go a long way to putting some spine into Democrats from all over the country. We won't tolerate Republicans in sheep's clothing and we won't support those who betray the progressive principles that we hold dear.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Nov 13, 2007 1:06:03 PM


  10. Her "illuminating" trip with Dubya means he promised big federal bucks in exchange for her vote on telecom immunity. That's why he went there in the first place. It's not like he actually cares about Californians.

    Posted by: sam | Nov 13, 2007 1:16:58 PM


  11. GGREEN: I didn't realize that she was re-elected recently. Well, then the only way to deal with her (and her kind) is to elect a progressive Democratic president. How does she get along with Obama and Clinton? I imagine Kucinich and Edwards must hate her, and she them.

    But many Democratic Senators are often more conservative than their Democratic constituents--they start talking that,
    "I represent ALL the people of my state" shit. That fact sort of goes along with some of Bill Perdue's arguments about what "real differences" exist between the two major parties.

    She gives her support to George Bush's conservative judicial appointments. Will she support liberal appointments by a President Clinton or President Obama?

    Posted by: Derrick from PHilly | Nov 13, 2007 1:27:09 PM


  12. Of course! Let's censure DiFi, but mention impeaching the Fucker-in-Chief and the Darklord VP? HELL NO!!! Oh, THAT'S off the table!!!!

    The entire fucking congress needs to be voted out of office!

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 13, 2007 1:27:55 PM


  13. Censure and if anyway , kick her out. She is as vile as any of the right wingers she loves to vote with. I knew she was always in for the rich, but, now that she is standing tall with the anti-gay, anti-people of color and anti-poor, she needs to just line right on up and join the Trent Lott's and others of that ilk.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 13, 2007 1:35:56 PM


  14. I have to laugh at this story and the follow up comments.
    Here in Maine, out two moderate Republican Seantors field similar complatints- but from the conservative base. These conservative eruptions are rarely paid attention to by the public. As, I suspect, are the liberal accusations against Senator Feinstein.
    Most Americans find the right and left extremes repugnant and out of touch with reality. Whenever, I read about such boycotts, write-in campaigns, or censures, I realise that these Senators are, in fact, doing good things.

    Posted by: 207guy | Nov 13, 2007 1:47:44 PM


  15. We have been trying to get rid of her for years. Unfortunately she has a campaign war chest that is unending ... something that comes from being married to a major war profiteer.

    Posted by: Garrett in SF | Nov 13, 2007 2:38:25 PM


  16. My, my, my, the Eat the Rich flying monkeys are really blackening the sky this morning. With all due respect to mes cheres Derrick & PP, whom I do not count among that mangy flock, while Feinstein is faaaaaaaaaaar from perfect, the quickness with which so many have denounced her as a bitch, etc., is absurd. Is Comrade Perdue posting multiple times under multiple names today?

    And some remarks are simply stupid: if "her constituents revile her" how did she "coast to re-election"?

    Her votes to confirm Mukasey and Southwick were inexcusable, but if you think she votes too "Republican" wait until Arnold hits town. Though he could be simply lying again, or change his mind, the Bush-rimming Guvenator declared last week that he wasn't going to run in 2010 for CA's other Senate seat currently held by Barbara Boxer.

    I agree with most of Boxer's votes [she voted against Mukasey but missed the Southwick vote entirely] and love the way she bitch slapped Sen. Inhofe and tried to do the same with war criminal Condosleazy Rice. All this endears her to her base [her last election percentage was only about 2% less that Feinstein's] but to influence their peers and the public we need someone more respected by other members of Congress and more impressive when speaking—both which Feinstein qualifies for.

    Arnold is termed out as governor so will definitely run for either Boxer or Feinstein's seat. The ideal candidate, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, will be in the middle of his second term in 2010 so isn't likely to compete with Boxer for that seat. But his term would be ending the same year as Feinstein's and, assuming an acceptable replacement [and she'd clearly consider Newsom one even tho he pissed her off with the order to allow gays to marry in SF] was willing to run, it's hard to believe she'll run again at 79.

    Let's take the White House back, increase our vote margin in the House and Senate, and then focus on eating our own, er cleaning up. Now is simply jerking off with no chance of coming.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Nov 13, 2007 2:51:58 PM


  17. Leland, I certainly agree that Newsom will run for a Senate seat, and likely win. He's extremely charasmatic, well spoken, attractive, etc. And by then, his gay marriage move will seem less audacious.

    What I don't agree with---and I can hardly believe it's come to this---is that Schwarzeneggar is a huge Bush fan. I thought he would make a horrific governor, and while I've certainly disagreed with many of his decisions (gay marriage), he has repeatedly shown a willingness to buck federal policy and not kowtow to Bush and other Republicans on environmental, immigration, and other issues. His main advisers are diverse, and though he's an arrogant ass at times, I actually prefer him to Gray Davis and many previous California governors (except for that darling Ronald Reagan, of course. Kidding.).

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 13, 2007 3:44:05 PM


  18. Well, Leland:

    What do you suggest we do with this right-wing bitch? If most Democrats can follow instructions from the party's leadership when voting against Bush's federal judicial appointments, why can't this old California cunt? What makes her so special? HOw can she justify offending the majority of her Democratic constituents by kissing nasty Bushy ass?

    And don't be calling us no damn monkeys. It doesn't bother me, but these white guys may be sensitive and take it as a racial insult.

    But then again, you did say, "...blackening the sky". Them aint no white monkeys, are they, Leland Francis?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2007 4:10:58 PM


  19. Derrick, I believe Leland was making a Wizard of Oz reference. You know, because all gays love Judy Garland.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 13, 2007 4:47:59 PM


  20. Yeah, PAUL, that's my point! Gay guys don't want to be no damn flying monkeys, we want to be Munchkins--they can dance! Leland knows that.

    Yes, and we do love Judy Garland. We DON'T love Diane. We already have our Jewish idol, and her name is Babs. Who needs a fuckin' Feinstein?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2007 4:59:48 PM


  21. Civics 101 …

    A recent CNN poll finds 54% saying that the 110th Congress doesn’t deserve to be reelected. The polls about 'confidence' in Congress are even more revealing. They get lower ratings than Bush, not an easy thing to do considering that he’s the worst president since James Buchanan. A Gallup poll taken in early summer 2007 gave them a confidence rating of 18%. A Zogby poll taken in August 2007 showed an astounding 3% approval rating for Congress's handling of the war.
    "Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs." says Gallup.

    The polling reflects the national verdict about the major bipartisan felonies of the 110th Congress. Democrats and Republicans linked arms to appoint racist, gaybashing judges and a gaybashing Attorney General. Betraying their own voters they allowed Bush to make it virtually impossible to get out of Iraq by giving him everything he wanted and then some. They toughened the anti constitutional Paytriot Act. In other betrayals they gutted ENDA and approved a $42,000 tax cut for millionaires. They refuse to consider socialized medicine for anyone but themselves. They’ve been busy and they still have a year to go.

    How did the Congress of the United States morph into this little House of Horrors? It all began with money.

    There are 435 members in the House of Greed. In 2004 123 of them were worth at least $1 million as were 40 or 100 Senators. For the same period the average annual income was $37,440.00.
    The 2006 poverty level for a single person was $10,488 and $20,444 for a family of four with two children. By contrast most members of the Congress get $165,200 per year with an annual increase of $3,400. Nancy Pelosi, who owns a million dollar homes in SF and DC and is otherwise doing quite well (see below) is the highest paid at $212,100 a year. They all enjoy socialized medicine.

    With every new Congress the stats disclose that roughly half of all Congress members are millionaires and some are much, much richer. Darrell Isa, R-CA is worth $677 million dollars while his poorer cousin across the hall, Jane Harmon, D-CA, has to make do with a paltry $289 million dollars. Nancy Pelosi, with $54 million dollars ranks 8th richest. In the Senate four Democrats, John Kerry with $235 million dollars, Herb Kohl with $234 million dollars, Jay Rockefeller with $102 million dollars and Dianne Feinstein with $98 million dollars top the list. Feinstein doesn’t care worry if judges or the new Attorney General are racists or homobigots; she wants a conservative who’ll protect her wealth.

    So what does this Civics 101 lesson have to do with anything? Everyone know politicians are corrupt. As Will Rogers said, "This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

    It explains the panic-stricken rush to gut ENDA and ram it’s carcass through Congress? It explains why Frank refused to consult with any GLBT groups and why he tried to bully them when they stood tall and opposed the fake Democrat version of ENDA. Inclusive ENDAs are on the books in several states and Frank knew it. Most Americans are against discrimination in employment and Frank knew it. Lambda Legal, the ACLU and others urgently warned that the law would be useless in court and Frank ignored them. There’s a very good chance even the shabby Democrat version of ENDA will get vetoed and Frank knew it. What he did defies logic. What's the explanation?
    Barney Frank is not one of the richest members of Congress. His out of control rush to be identified with the passage of the toothless Democrat version of ENDA was a cruel hoax meant to generate publicity and funds for his upcoming Massachusetts Senatorial campaign. Now he's in the enviable position of being able to appeal to gullible GLBT donors AND the bigot bosses who make a mint underpaying us. Contemptible doesn’t begin to describe it.

    As Abe Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

    Let’s start with Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein. With Democrats like these who needs Republicans.

    During the ENDA debate I predicted that the supporters of the toothless ENDA version would more further and faster to the right.

    Now we see them defending the rich. Every morning these rightists get up, put on their blinkers and repeat their mantra “The USA is my one true home; it’s a peoples democracy; my vote counts as much as Rockefellers.” It helps them pretend they’re not an isolated, antiquated minority. Because they’re not going to be invited when as the NLGTF says “… starting right now we are going to pick up where we were six weeks ago — namely, working to pass into law in 2009 the ENDA our entire community wants and deserves.”

    Then they sweep out their log cabins and get on with the day.



    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Nov 13, 2007 5:08:34 PM


  22. Actually, mes petites, anyone assuming that any reference to “The Wizard of Oz” is a reference to Judy Garland when there were more than a dozen books and numerous film, stage, and TV adaptations is the one wearying out a cliche. Why not snark about gay divas Diana Ross or Eartha Kitt or Liza—or Sean Connery even—all involved in Wiz projects? But, for the record, the flying monkeys in the Garland version of the Oz stories were neither black nor white, but blue.

    Say what you will about individual votes, but the Feinstein given a 100% rating by pro choice groups; a 91% rating by the NEA; a 92% rating by the AFL-CIO; a 90% rating by SANE; an 88% rating by both the APHA public health group and the League of Conservation Voters, a 68% rating by the ACLU; but a 39% rating by the US Chamber of Commerce; a 0% rating by the Christian Coaltion; and an F rating by the National Rifle Association is hardly a "right-wing bitch."

    I agree that Arnold is not as bad as Bush, nor his predecessors as governor Deukmajian and Wilson, but, relatively speaking, that’s like saying Giuliani is not as bad as “culture warrior” Huckabee, or a broken arm is better than a broken back. His ambition is bigger than his well-known "Austrian oak," and he'll be running as a Repug and, just as his vetoes of bills legalizing marriage equality in California [twice] and of mandating inclusion of gays in California textbooks the same way other minorities are were entirely about exploiting right wing homohatred, he, like Giuliani, will move farther right to get to Washington. Or has everyone forgotten his rim job of Bush at the GOP conventions and taunts about “girlie men” before that screaming mob of bigots?

    I trust no one believes that crap about just protecting the “will of the people” who tried to permanently ban marriage equality with Prop 22 when the state legislators who’ve voted twice for marriage equality were also elected by “the people.” Then there was his re-election campaign’s hiring one of Traditional [Fascist] Values Coalition’s head guys to wrangle the Troglodyte vote until the mainstream media shined a light on the cockroach who was quickly unhired.

    But to recycle another Oz reference simply because it is so perfect: pay no attention to that loony man behind the curtain of lies and histrionics! Back as sure as anal warts, Comrade Perdue, the human buzz phrase assembly line, is posting under his own name again, and he’s trying to get us to swallow more Eat the Rich leftovers. Girlfriend Not, there are diverse opinion holders about all kinds of subjects all over Towleroad but your delusion that most of them would not also want to be rich is among your Top Ten Most Deranged. And we’re to assume that you in your rent-a-sackcloth and ashes drag would not? You might as well try to stir up outrage against big dicks.

    The trouble with being brainwashed and living in a perpetual spin cycle is that it’s harder to tell when you’re contradicting yourself. Stalin’s Oldest Living Fag Fan keeps denouncing the ”fake...shabby...toothless” ENDA that passed at the same time he insists Ts should have been included [even as that would have doomed it]. Do you hate Ts, Billy Budd? If not, why are you trying to feed them such a poison apple?
    Oh, and good luck with your and Matt “Jim Jones” Foreman’s fantasy that NGLTF [wherein the “T” does not stand for Transgender] is going to effect anything. Foreman’s Folly makes him qualified as a school crossing guard at a ghost town intersection, but not the Messiah leading us to a Promise Land to which most of us don’t want to go.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Nov 13, 2007 7:00:35 PM


  23. Leland, for the record my reference to Judy Garland was entirely tongue in cheek. I'm not among her legions of fans. Not that I hate her---it's just not my style of music.

    As for the Wizard of Oz, I think you'd have to agree that the 1939 film is by far the best-known version. Though I haven't seen it in many years, perhaps not even since they colorized it and made the monkeys blue! They might have been dark grey when I last saw it...

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 13, 2007 8:02:21 PM


  24. Can't we just disagree with some of her decisions without devolving into name calling? I mean we've got people on here calling a U.S. Senator a "bitch." (Of course, it wouldn't be appropriate to describe her in that fashion irrespective of her profession.) How many straight people start using anti-gay language at the drop of a hat if they lose their temper at someone gay or they disagree with someone gay? When that's happened, posters on here had took those speakers to task. (And rightly so!) But, Feinstein doesn't toe the line and folks are referring to her with the b-word. I think that's really beneath us folks.

    Posted by: Brandon | Nov 13, 2007 9:58:53 PM


  25. Diane Feinstein has been such an incredible disappointment to her constituents in San Francisco and California. At 79 she seems to be losing her mind in addition to her already questionable credibility and integrity. As long as there are real leaders like Gavin Newsom on the horizon I'm encouraged about the future of this country but with sellouts like Barney Frank,Nancy Pelosi,Barbara Boxer and Feinstien we can just expect more war,more divisivness and more of nothing.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Nov 13, 2007 10:58:49 PM


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