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As Democratic Party Swings Left, Dianne Feinstein Gets Left Behind

As Democratic Party Swings Left, Dianne Feinstein Gets Left Behind
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks to members of the media prior to a number of votes at the Capitol February 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:54 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has become the latest causality of her political party veering ever more to the left. At the recent California State Democratic Convention in San Diego she failed to win their endorsement for re-election.

The majority of the votes cast went to her liberal primary challenger. In fact, only 37 percent of delegates to the statewide convention voted for the veteran legislator vying for her fifth full term. 54 percent backed her challenger, state Senate leader Kevin de León.

Feinstein becomes the first incumbent senator in recent memory to enter her party’s primary without their endorsement. It seems the veteran senator is not liberal enough for the most liberal state in the union.

Since entering the race last October, de Leon has run distinctly left of Feinstein on healthcare, taxes, and immigration. It would seem the Democratic Party in California that already controls virtually all major political positions of political leadership is moving deeper into a one-party socialist entity.

In a statement delivered to the media Sunday morning, de Leon said, “We all deserve a leader who will take our climate action to Washington and will fight each and every day to protect our human and civil rights, our immigrant families and Dreamers, champion universal healthcare and create good paying middle class jobs.”

His statement spoke volumes of where the far left in the party have taken the state.

Feinstein’s stunning loss does not negate her from the nomination. She went down this road as a candidate for governor in 1990. She did not win the party endorsement, won the primary, and lost in November to Republican Pete Wilson, California’s last truly conservative governor.

Since Feinstein began her career as Mayor of San Francisco, she has fought with hard-left party liberals on issues involving the status of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

That single issue may be what her undoing at the party convention was.

The political narrative in California has changed once again leaving the veteran senator on the outside of a far-left Democratic base. Feinstein turns 85 next summer which makes it harder to convince a new, more liberal generation, to relate.

De León has won the staunch support of a majority of left-leaning unions. That means big contributions that include the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association.

Meanwhile, the isolated Republicans in California running for both Senate and governor haven’t even cracked double digits in statewide polling. California in 2018 is truly a one-party state. If the GOP has any hope at all, it is that the Democrats will beat each other senseless.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has become the latest causality of her political party veering ever more to the left. At the recent California State Democratic Convention in San Diego she failed to win their endorsement for re-election.
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