It would have seemed almost impossible, just a few short years ago, for Democrats to be any more radical in their policies. However with the election of Donald Trump, they have suddenly lurched even further to the extreme left.
In fact, California Democrats have moved away from the two most influential and senior legislators within their state, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Sen. Feinstein, who has served as a senior in California since 1992, now finds herself suddenly outcasted by her own party. Democrats are now choosing instead to endorse a much younger and more progressive challenger, Kevin de León, a 51-year old State Senator from Los Angeles.
The astounding results said it all with Feinstein generating only 7% of the vote, to de León’s 65%, with 28% voting for no candidate.
The astounding results by California Democrats have political pundits scratching their heads, with one commenting after the tally, “they’re shooting themselves in the foot.”
Feinstein has irked the progressive establishment in “la la land” because she isn’t “outraged enough” over President Trump.
Feinstein’s response to the insanity, “I have to work with people, and a punch in the nose is not going to do it.”
That adult attitude is obviously not sitting well with California Democrats.
De Leon acknowledged the California Democratic Party’s vote of confidence in him, stating, “Today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C., we have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century.”
However on social media, a Tweet from S.R. Willen, from Beverly Hills perhaps best explained what’s taking place in “la la land”:
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein won last month’s California primary by 2.1 million votes and with 70% of the Democratic vote, but that apparently does not satisfy the commissariat in charge of the California Democratic Party.”
“These people must have learned a lesson from President Trump. They have disregarded the majority’s will, precedent, experience, and loyalty. And who needs common sense?”
As for the future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her bid to hold on to her leadership role. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who was just unseated by the young Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declined to support Pelosi.
Stating on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that it was “up to the next Congress, Democratic Caucus to decide” if Pelosi should have that spot given the party can take back the House in November.
Adding, “I do think that that’ll be up to the new Congress to decide who the next leader or speaker will be,” Crowley said. “If we win the House back, Nancy will have a very strong case for holding on to the speakership. If not there may be other issues that come to the fore at that point. But it’s up to the next Congress, Democratic caucus to decide that fate.”
Crowley was once the fourth-ranking House Democrat until his stunning loss, which perhaps explains his sour grapes response.