In a recent committee vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a prominent figure in American politics appeared confused, adding to the mounting worries about her physical decline impacting her role in Congress. Here’s the full story.
A Simple “Aye” or “Nay” Will Do
During a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, chaired by Sen. Patty Murray, members were asked to cast their votes on the Defense Appropriations Act.
However, when it was Feinstein’s turn to vote, she appeared to get confused.
Instead of stating a clear “aye” or “nay,” she began reading aloud a statement, causing a momentary pause in the proceedings.
An aide gently nudged her to vote, and Sen. Murray, sitting beside her, advised her to simply say “Aye.”
Some Members Called For Her Resignation Amid Concerns About Her Health
With a smile, Feinstein eventually voted “Aye.”
The incident comes after Feinstein’s recent absence due to a battle with shingles, which kept her away from her congressional duties for more than two months.
The Democratic Party’s slim majority in the Senate made her temporary departure consequential, stalling the confirmations of President Biden’s judicial nominees and other important legislative business.
Some members of the Democratic Party called for her resignation amid concerns about her health and ability to fulfill her duties effectively.
She Seemed Disorientated
Feinstein’s return to the Senate in May, after recovering from encephalitis – a dangerous complication of shingles that causes inflammation of the brain – has been marked by occasional moments of confusion.
Reports from The Washington Post have highlighted instances where she seemed disoriented, causing some to question her fitness to serve.
One incident involved her response to a reporter’s question about her return to the Senate, where she appeared irritated and asserted, “I haven’t been gone; I’ve been here. I’ve been voting.”
A spokesperson for Feinstein explained that the committee meeting was chaotic, with constant switching between statements, votes, and debates.
It’s Her Intention To Serve the Remainder of Her Term
They stated that the senator was preoccupied, unaware that the vote had been called, and inadvertently started giving a statement before realizing it was time to vote.
Although Feinstein is not seeking re-election, she has expressed her intention to serve out the remainder of her term until early 2025.
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
“How Is It Possible That We Have So Damn Many Cognitively Impaired People?”
One Twitter user wrote, “Fossils belong in museums, not the halls of Congress or the White House. This applies on BOTH sides of the aisle,” while another user added, “From Senators to puppets “just say aye” who is behind the circus?”
A third user commented, “Dear lord. Feinstein, McConnell, Fetterman, Pelosi, and especially Biden… How is it possible that we have so damn many cognitively impaired people “running” our government? This is ridiculous. And embarrassing for all Americans.”
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Source: Washington Post