“I’m running my own campaign”, US Senator Dianne Feinstein glibly claimed in a brief interview with ABC-7 reporter Mark Matthews. Senator Feinstein is up for reelection this year, and for all her calm assurance, with a condescending pat on the shoulder, Ms. Feinstein may want to reconsider her glib arrogance.
Strangely enough, Senator Feinstein gave KQED’s Belva Davis an extensive interview filled with distortions and distractions.
She baseless claimed that Romney and Ryan are proposing radical changes to women’s right to choose and elders’ access to Medicare, even though Ryan’s plan does not affect anyone 55 or older. Her conclusions about tax cuts for “the rich” ignore that small businesses file as individuals and would benefit from tax cuts. Feinstein tirelessly attacks with the tired argument that Republicans are obstructionist. Yet for the first two years of his presidency, Obama reached out to no one.
Currently, Feinstein is polling the worst favorability numbers of her career in office. Despite one poll which shows Feinstein with a commanding lead over her challenger Elizabeth Emken, the fact remains that Emken is just now breaking out and getting the attention of California voters. Even with this “commanding” lead, Ms. Feinstein still barely tops at 51% — not a very compelling poll for a Senator who has been in office for twenty years.
Elizabeth Emken, mother of three, former efficiency analyst for IBM and advocate for autism, is running for the US Senate as the Republican challenger. Unlike incumbent Feinstein, who appears convinced that it is not incumbent upon her to pay a visit to her constituents, Ms. Emken in the past week has visited the LA Times Editorial Board. In a previous interview, the staff writers put forth the same challenge, that the aged Senator that she must debate Emken . For the LA Times, the Republican challenger does not fit within the mold of “right-wing ideologue”.