CNN’s Jake Tapper couldn’t understand the Democrats’ argument: Why be polite in the short term if it could mean your long-term policy positions would suffer?
Tapper invites Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to join State of the Union, where he asked Durbin about the prolonged absence of California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein took a leave of absence in March after being hospitalized for shingles and has given a vague timetable for his return, leaving Democrats unable to pass multiple judicial candidates.
“At a time when tens of millions of voters currently lack adequate representation in the Senate from California—at what point are they more important than the feelings of a colleague whose health has been in doubt for a while? a long time?” Tapper asked, referring to countless stories that have weighed in on whether the 89-year-old senator is still fit for office.
Durbin tried to sound serious, noting his friendship with Feinstein and the various personal hardships she had endured over the past year, including the death of her husband. However, he noted that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were bound by her absence.
“It’s a complicated situation,” Durbin said. “I hope she does what’s best for herself and her family and the state of California and makes a decision soon on whether she’s coming back.”
Feinstein said in a declare Thursday that she will return to the Senate to help confirm the judges have been blocked by Republicans, but she gave no timetable.
Those arguments don’t seem to be the strongest for Tapper, who has tried to show how the Democratic Party’s respect for Feinstein could impact — and potentially diminish — the political outlook. their books while they retain control of the Senate.
“Sir, with all due respect, you and your Democrats have been very cautious and very polite when it comes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and did not push her to retire when you did,” Tapper said. majority of Democrats in the Senate. “How did that work out for you? How that works out for Roe sues Wade?”
Tapper referenced a lot of supporters called for the late Supreme Court justice to retire as Democrats took control of the Senate during President Barack Obama’s term. Obama had lunch with Ginsberg in 2013 to explain the Democrats’ political stance in the 2014 midterm elections, suggesting they could lose the Senate—and the chance to confirm the Supreme Court justices. high—without directly stating the likelihood that she would retire, according to New York Times. Ginsberg died in 2020 and was replaced by conservative Amy Coney Barrett, who voted to overthrow fish eggs last year.
Durbin seemed unable to provide a definite response, instead trying both ways to acknowledge Feinstein’s personal difficulties while explaining their effects on the committee’s work, including including what the Supreme Court’s final decisions will look like if the Democratic nominees are not approved.
“The bottom line, however, is that we have previously had members of the Senate — I can think of a few as I sit here, Democrats and Republicans — who have been absent. health condition for a long time,” he said. “I want to treat Dianne Feinstein fairly. I want to be sensitive to her family situation and our personal circumstances, and I don’t want to say that she will be under more pressure than others in the past. But the bottom line is that the committee and Senate business is affected by her absence.”