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California Democratic Party Snubs Four-Term Senator Dianne Feinstein In Her Re-Election Bid

California Democratic Party Snubs Four-Term Senator Dianne Feinstein In Her Re-Election Bid
Updated 3 months ago

The 2018 midterms are fast approaching and while most of the focus has been on the fissures within the Republican Party and their lurch rightward, there are similar cracks in the Democratic Party. It's easy to blame the acrimonious primaries between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but the divide between the establishment wing and progressive wing of the party has been brewing since at least 2004, when Howard Dean, then Governor of Vermont, made a run for the Presidency and won major grassroots support. Despite this, the latest salvo against establishment Dems still seems somewhat shocking.

Glenn Greenwald, a journalist best known for his involvement with Edward Snowden, tweeted on Saturday:

Feinstein's primary challenger is  Kevin de León, the current leader of the State Senate. According to Mercury News, he received 54% of the delegates' support at the party's state convention, falling just short of the 60% needed to secure the party's official endorsement. Feinstein fell way short, receiving only 37% of the votes.

Some felt that Feinstein's age meant that it was time she retire:

However, this received some pushback:

Others felt that Feinstein's "left-wing challenger" was not in fact all that left-wing:

Many trained their criticism directly on the sitting Senator:

Despite this, Feinstein still had plenty of support:

And it seems party support isn't everything:

This is a 2018 race worth watching.


H/T: Twitter, Mercury News