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Dianne Feinstein on Principles & Values

Democratic Sr Senator (CA)


OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge

Elizabeth Emken is the Danville Republican who has taken on a task that few--no, make that, NO--big name Republicans had the guts to do: Challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein has refused to debate her. No, not even at 3 a.m. on a Saturday on a cable access station in Turlock. As Feinstein's campaign manager told us a while back after Emken challenged DiFi to a series of debates : "This is the sort of typical cliche move from someone is 19 points down and has $25,000 in the bank and 35 percent name recognition," he said.

Editorial boards all up and down California--including our very own Ivory Tower-dwellers--have called out Feinstein for the democracy dodge.

Emken ramped it up when the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com's Shaky Hand Productions video crew caught up with her. She called DiFi "arrogant" and "dismissive" for not agreeing to debate:

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 CA Senate debate , Oct 10, 2012

Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News

Dear Dr. Taitz, If you do become the Republican candidate, I would like to set up three debates to be televised by three major television stations. However, our campaign has five ground rules which we would like agreement upon before proceeding further:
  1. No questions shall be asked and no answers shall be given concerning the eligibility of President Obama or any related matters. The debate should focus on economic, social, and foreign policy issues.
  2. The format of the debates shall provide for a two minute response, followed by a one minute rebuttal, followed by a 30 second response.
  3. No notes, documents, or teleprompters shall be allowed.
  4. No debates shall be televised by Fox News or any affiliates thereof.
  5. None of your supporters shall be allowed to attend. Guests shall be limited to 100 voters chosen at random.
Please let me know if these ground rules would be satisfactory.
Source: Email from Feinstein to Taitz on 2012 CA Senate debate , May 14, 2012

Voted with Democratic Party 94.1% of 320 votes.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Democratic Party 94.1% of 320 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, “US Congress Votes Database” , Sep 8, 2007

1984: Considered as V.P. by Walter Mondale

When Mondale finally secured the nomination, the focus turned to vice presidential selection. At first I assumed Mondale wasn't going to pick a woman, and that if he did it wouldn't be Gerry. Dianne Feinstein, then the mayor of San Francisco, was the favorite within his circle.

Before Gerry had really become a serious contender, she was invited to go to Minnesota to perform a "platform briefing" charade for the Mondale people. A newspaper story followed in short order: "Mondale unimpressed with Ferraro at briefing." When Gerry went out again for her official interview, Mondale's vetter (the chief of checking everything), was deep into the process of vetting Dianne Feinstein.

And then something changed. Dianne was out, and they were taking another look at Gerry. (The problem had nothing to do with Dianne's husband's finances; Mondale himself later told me he was concerned about the liberal slant of the "San Francisco Democrats.") Now it was between Gerry and Michael Dukakis.

Source: The Case for Hillary Clinton, by Susan Estrich, p. 34-35 , Oct 17, 2005

1978: Became mayor when predecessor was assassinated

Dianne Feinstein's future was changed forever by an act of insanity. On the day that a disgruntled former staffer assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk, Dianne Feinstein became the acting mayor of San Francisco. Her strength & steadiness calmed the jittery nerves of the city in the hours and days following the murders.

"As the new mayor, I was deeply shocked. I was also staggered by the fact that I was now replacing the man who had defeated me in the last mayoral election. I made a decision that the goals of the assassin would not succeed completely. I kept all of the mayor's staff, and I followed through on all his initiatives for the remaining year of his term. I also had to decide right away whether or not I would run for reelection. I realized that I could not let myself become a lame duck. Like it or not, I had no choice. The city needed to be reassured that there would be some consistency as we put the broken pieces back together."

Source: Nine and Counting, by Catherine Whitney, p. 60-62 , Jul 25, 2000

Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Jewish.

Feinstein : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH6 on Nov 7, 2000

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

Feinstein adopted the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.