Resolution to Censure Dianne Feinstein Killed Without Vote

A resolution to censure California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, submitted by progressives within the party last week, was killed before it even got to a vote, the HuffPost’s Rick Jacobs reports:

Feinstein“When the resolution was brought up late in the session, the Party’s senior advisor and long time chief spokesperson, Bob Mulholland, stood and shouted from the side of the room, ‘Object, and object!'” There were other shouts from the room as committee members joined in. Committee Co-Chair John Hanna objected and then others objected and then, as if to make sure that we got the point, everyone who wanted to join the chorus of objections demanded that their objections be counted, too. It was a sort of pile on moment, in which one veto simply would not do. It all happened within about a minute.”

The move to censure came following two 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 — and other less-than-left activity by Feinstein, including recent word that she supports granting immunity to telecom corporations that shared customer email and phone records with the federal government as part of the warrantless surveillance program.

According to Jacobs, because the motion to censure was submitted as a “late” resolution (within 10 days of the meeting), any member can kill it with a single objection.

Late last week, Progressive Democrats Moving to Censure Dianne Feinstein [tr]
GOP Lauds Feinstein as “Linchpin” Vote for Racist Bigot Judge [tr]


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Betrayal. Did California Democrats elect her to “cooperate” with Bush? Did they not elect her to be a “unifying” force? Here in Pennsylvania we elected this anti-choice Democrat to the US Senate–we had no choice (name recognition–his dad was an ex-governor), but we know what to expect from him. Dianne Feinstein is a traitor to California Democrats.

    Am I being to harsh, Leland? Or is it none of my non-Californian business?

  2. Sebastian says

    They really don’t have to answer to the 20% or 30% of the population who vote for them do they? The other 70% who don’t vote seem oblivious to this sort of deception, and poor judgement, no pun intended. They are a bad as royalty, no matter what they do, they get in with these lifetime jobs, as is the case with Di Fi, since, no one can run against her with a chance to win, as it takes so much money, that she gets from what do they call them, lobbyist? Or cronies with loot to line thier pockets?

    Maybe Arnold will run against her next time, at least with him you know where he stands on social issues, and, it would be fantastic for the state to see that she is as GOP as he is.


  3. wetcnt says

    What kind of reporting is it to constantly refer to someone as a “racist, bigoted judge”? Like it’s a fact. I’m not saying this to defend anyone, or even really to comment on this particular case. But it annoys me when ‘news’ is presented with such an obvious bias and disregard for the reader.

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    She even looks Republican now. Some people shouldn’t have cosmetic surgery–as the years go on, it makes them look strange and…well, Republican, you know, like Elizabeth Dole.

  5. Jonathon says

    This is an outrage. I can only hope that Californians remember this when it comes time for her re-election campaign.

    Oh, and WetCnt – the bit about the racist, bigoted judge wasn’t part of the linked story. It is part of Andy’s post. And yes, the judge is bigoted and racist… just check for yourself.

  6. ggreen says

    DiFi hates accountability moments and she has enough enablers in the CDP to make sure she never is held accountable. I remember the recall effort when she was mayor of SF. It’s been nearly 20 years and DiFi is still paying back those that voted to recall her. She and her staff made an enemy’s list and they are still working from it to payback everyone that supported her recall.

  7. James says


    You people don’t get it, do you? It’s political insurance. If the Democratic Party takes the White House, she’s building political equity with the GOP. By actually working with the opposition, and not unilaterally objecting to their position, she’s showing the GOP, both current and future, that she is willing to be magnanimous.

    Because our system is two party, and requires some sort of middle ground be found, she’s banking concessions. During the Democratic Majority that ended in ’92, she was one of those persons whom the GOP was willing to approach; subsequently, during the the GOP dominance they’ve been willing to bend to concessions for her position.

    To think that any one viewpoint is more or less valid, because it’s the opposition party is extremely ignorant and grossly prejudiced.

  8. Leland Frances says

    I apologize to no one for my “scorched earth/take no prisoners” approach to our real enemies. But I try not to grab my LF9000 Flame Thrower without first looking at the facts, and weighing one against the other. I see very little of that in the comments on this topic today and previously.

    Feinstein definitely fucked up in her votes for the new AG and the southern judge. But, as an article in yesterday’s “SF Chron” indicated, she has voted more often on judicial appointments in ways that most here would agree with:

    “Feinstein was also instrumental in thwarting several of President Bush’s most conservative judicial nominations, including two candidates for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco: Carolyn Kuhl, who as a Justice Department lawyer endorsed the repeal of the Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling, and William Myers, a former mining and cattle industry lobbyist opposed by environmentalists. … …Other appeals court nominees defeated with Feinstein’s help included William Haynes, the Pentagon general counsel who had helped to craft the administration’s interrogation policies, and Miguel Estrada, a conservative attorney who angered Democrats by refusing to discuss his views of legal issues or release memos he had written as a Justice Department lawyer. Feinstein voted against both of Bush’s Supreme Court appointees, Roberts and Samuel Alito, and has led efforts to fend off conservative-led attempts to split the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit, the nation’s largest federal appeals court, into two or more smaller courts.”

    Her continuing high approval ratings by most of her constituents make this discussion moot—and I don’t think, as I’ve said before, that she’ll run again in 2012. As for that recall attempt when she was SF mayor—which was defeated by 83% of voters—it was started by a group pissed off that she wanted to ban handguns in The City. Any NRgAys here? Her “enemies list” exists only in GGreen’s toybox for brains.

    So my larger concern is how quickly so many attack those who are more our friends than our enemies. Take these headlines:

    “Barney Frank Tosses Transsexuals Overboard On ENDA” and “Rep. Barney Frank Attempts To Throw His Cross-dressing Allies Under The Train.”

    No, they weren’t from ENDA United or NGLTF, et al. They both are from the Website of the so-called “Traditional Values Coaltion,” and, no, they haven’t suddenly become supporters of transgenders.
    Like the vile, ruthless, dishonest, rabid group they are, they were simply exploiting our differences on legislative strategy.

    The FBI just released a report showing that hate crimes against gays are up from the year before and represent 15.5% of cases reported when no one seriously thinks we represent more than 10% of the population. This report comes on the heels of the psychopathic Repent America getting the addition of gays to hate crime laws in Pennsylvania overturned in court last week. Before we call for the heads of our allies for their stumbles along the path to political purity, why don’t we invest that energy and anger against those who work to destroy us 365-24-7, starting with the TVC, Repent America, and

    American Family Association
    Focus on the Family
    Exodus International
    Parents & Families of “Ex-gays”
    The entire Fred Phelps Clan
    Bill O’Reilly
    Pat Robertson empire
    Family Research Council
    Center for Reclaiming America
    Randall Terry
    Michael Savage
    Ann Coulter
    Laura Ingraham
    Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    and all the others who lobbied against/voted against any kind of federal ENDA or Hate Crimes expansion—both of which Feinstein supported—and for amending gays out of the US Constitution—which, yes, Feinstein also voted against.

  9. ggreen says

    I yield to you Miss Frances. Only you have the true facts and your opinions are the only ones that matter. You can always be counted on to answer the questions no one asked.

  10. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, Leland, you point out facts that don’t make her seem that bad. But why the vote for Southwick? Why the cordiality with Bush? Why are hard-core Democrats in California angry with her? Why? Why? WHY? I’m sick of Democrats who want to get along with Republicans. For what? To keep Dumbya’s tax cuts?

    I’m telling you, Leland, even though I’ll still end up voting for one of the three stooges: Hillary, Barack or John; Bill Perdue does make a lot of sense a lot of the time.

  11. Leland Frances says

    If someone was holding a gun to your head, as Bush is California, you’d make “cordial,” too.

    As for Comrade Perdue, the only thing he wants you to do is not vote at all or throw your vote away on a candidate who couldn’t win at Bingo if his mother were calling the numbers. He doesn’t give a flying fuck about any issue, gay, straight, Dem, Repug, etc., except trying to discourage people into thinking that a Socialist Utopia is possible.

    Last night I finished a book I bought a week ago at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC: the autobiography of Gad Beck, a gay mischling [someone with one Jewish parent] who worked in the underground in Berlin during WWII. He details the constant struggle to try to keep one step ahead of the “Jew catchers,” to keep those he was helping hide fed, his first lover killed by the Nazis; his second tortured for information about their group, his teeth knocked out and so badly beaten that Gad didn’t recognize him after he escaped. And he writes how the Communists still there looked down upon him and his group as “merely” interested in saving their lives rather than being dedicated to socialism like them [though some would still help him if he paid them enough]. That’s the kind of Petri dish from which Perdue grew. Anytime he says the right thing it is for the wrong reason.

  12. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, ok…but how do you know Bill doesn’t have some of the same “right stuff” as Mr. Beck–not as much, but some. Few of us could have as much of the “right stuff” as the man you describe.

  13. Bill Perdue says

    Now matter how bad the Democrats you’ll always find some sniveling apologist who want to ‘explain’ it all away. Usually that sniveling apologist is named Frances.

    A recent CNN poll finds 54% saying that the 110th Congress doesn’t deserve to be reelected. “Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs.” says Gallup.
    People feel that way because the Democrats are becoming indistinguishable from Republicans on the key questions of the war, which support, union busting measures like NAFTA, and bigotry, which they demonstrated when they joined their Republican in amending and gutting ENDA.
    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 continued to grant tax cuts or millionaires and to deregulate business. They adamantly oppose socialized medicine, open borders and samesex marriage.

    The average annual income in the US was $37,440.00 in 2006 and for the same year Diane Feinstein earned $165,200, got socialized medical care, and boasted a net worth of $98,000,000.00. Feinstein doesn’t care if judges or the new Attorney General are racists or homobigots or if the Attorney General uses illegal search and seizure or internet surveillance methods, or if he endorses torture and opposes habeas corpus; she wants a conservative who’ll protect her wealth.

    Amid charges of WAR PROFITEERING, according to the Silicon Valley Metro; “SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.” The same story points out her grubby role in the Bush Administrations refusal to provide adequate medical care for vets mauled in the Oil Piracy that Feinstein supports.

    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.

    To date Frances our pom pom twirling cheerleader for Hillary has said that I’m a Stalinist, a Trotskyist, and a Republican who, like Obama and Edwards, at least according to our sniveling little apologist his icon the Heir Apparent Hillary, all read from the Republican playbook. I said that his sniveling apologias’ for right wingers like Pelosi, Clinton, Feinstein and Frank would lead him further and faster right, but his desperate ass biting and red baiting is pathetic.

    By an amazing coincidence I just finished an article about sniveling toadies who apologize for Vikdun Quisling, a Norwegian traitor who turned Nazi and beat and killed his innocent victims and it reminded me of Frances’ sniveling apologies of Democrats.

  14. Gregg says

    Right now I’m wishing that Leland and Bill would just have a fistfight to the death. But clearly they would have to get off their fat asses and change out of their muumuus first, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    Maybe they could just sit across from each other and throw their bottomless drinks in each other’s face until they drown. Please.

  15. Concerned CA Democrat says

    Dianne Feinstein has long since abandoned the Democratic party and anyone who hasn’t picked up on it is simply not paying attention.

    It is extremely important to point out why Dianne Feinstein has turned on the Democrats and why she is making every effort to publicly support the Bush Administration and their horrific policies … she and her husband, Richard C. Blum, are making money hand over fist from the Iraq war in exactly the same way that Dick Cheney and his friends are … Blum owns a business (similar to Halliburton) that has been awarded BILLIONS of dollars of contracts in the war in Iraq. His company is called Perini Corporation.

    Feinstein has let greed take over and has become a morally bankrupt Republican. She must be stopped!

    Read on … nstein/

    From Wikipedia:

    Corruption scandals and accusations
    Between 2001 and 2006[28], Diane Feinstein served as the ranking member of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, also known as the “MILCON” subcommittee. Feinstein also served as chair of the MILCON subcommittee when the Democrats controlled the Senate in 2001 and 2002.

    While on the MILCON subcommitte, Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to firms owned by her husband, Richard C. Blum.[5] This included millions of dollars in contracts awarded to Blum’s Perini Corporation to provide goods and services in Iraq and Afghanistan.[29]

    As the ranking Democratic, Feinstein would have again become chair of the MILCON subcommittee when the Democratically controlled Senate of the 110th Congress was sworn in on January 4, 2007. However, Feinstein resigned from the subcommittee prior to the new congressional term, forfeiting chairmanship of the MILCON subcommittee to Tim Johnson.[30] Metro Newspapers reported that Feinstein’s resignation was attributable to a series of articles, partially funded by the progressive Nation Institute, exposing the potential conflict of interest posed by Feinstein’s voting to award contracts to her husband’s firms.[31] [32]

    In April 2007, Feinstein’s office denied any ethical conflict,[33] however, the director of the Project on Government Oversight who has examined evidence assembled by investigative reporter Peter Byrne stated that “the paper trail showing Senator Feinstein’s conflict of interest is irrefutable.”[34][35]

    Additional scandal arose when it was revealed that members of Feinstein’s Senate staff attempted to purge references to these alleged conflicts of interest from the Wikipedia articles on herself and her husband.[36][37]

    Additionally, in 1990, Senator Feinstein failed to disclose that her husband had guaranteed her 1990 campaign loans, which resulted in a US$190,000 fine.[38] This information was also initially deleted from Wikipedia by a Feinstein staffer in 2006.[39][37]