Democrats Calling for Long-Serving Senator to Retire Citing ‘Severe Mental Decline’
There really needs to be an age limit on when individuals are no longer allowed to serve in Congress. I don’t really like to have to say this, but it makes perfect sense.
There is a reason that you have to be a certain age to run for Congress and a certain age to become President. You need some experience in life that is in the real world. I honestly wonder if the minimum age for Congress doesn’t need to be bumped up another five years.
But nobody ever talks about the mental decline of people in their old age. They also don’t talk about how separated from the real world people get after about two decades in Washington, D.C. I know that I’ve mentioned it before, but I can’t help but to always think about Rep. Ted Poe who was questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai about whether or not Google knows if he moves across the room or not.
Pichai gave the proper answer to the question but this man has no idea how the internet or how his phone works so he gets frustrated over Pichai’s answer. But the explanation is that he just doesn’t understand how the thing works.
That being said, several Democrats have said that one of their own members is in a severe cognitive decline and is suffering from memory loss. They want her gone before her term is up in 2024. You know it must be bad if her own party is wanting her to leave.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle,
When a California Democrat in Congress recently engaged in an extended conversation with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, they prepared for a rigorous policy discussion like those they’d had with her many times over the last 15 years.
Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein multiple times during an interaction that lasted several hours.
Rather than delve into policy, Feinstein, 88, repeated the same small-talk questions, like asking the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, they said, with no apparent recognition the two had already had a similar conversation.
The episode was so unnerving that the lawmaker — who spoke to The Chronicle on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic — began raising concerns with colleagues to see if some kind of intervention to persuade Feinstein to retire was possible. Feinstein’s term runs through the end of 2024. The conversation occurred several weeks before the death of her husband in February.
“I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone,” the lawmaker said. “She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that.”
For goodness sakes, she’s 88 years old. Retire and let someone who actually knows what’s going on in society do some good. I say that, but they’ll likely just elect another Democrat to replace her, so it really doesn’t make much of a difference to us.