It looks like the end may be near for Dianne Feinstein.
At Saturday’s California Democratic Party convention, the 84-year-old U.S. Senator of 25 years was embarrassingly denied her party’s endorsement for another term.
Before she could finish her speech, music began to fill the convention hall to indicate she had used her allotted time. Feinstein plowed ahead, but the ultimately conceded as the music got louder, saying “I guess my time is up.”
Seizing their opportunity, supporters of her upstart opponent, state Senator Kevin de León, immediately began chanting “Your time is up! Your time is up!”.
All indications point to them being right. In the vote later that day, Feinstein was denied her party’s endorsement for Senate, receiving just 37 percent of delegates’ votes. De León meanwhile received 54 percent of the vote, coming in just shy of the 60 percent needed to receive an endorsement.
The loss will not keep Feinstein off the ballot, but it was yet another sign that grass-root Democrats are ready to oust party leaders who are too moderate and willing to compromise. Apparently Feinstein’s tough stance on gun control and promise as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to never approve $25 billion for Trumps border wall were progressive enough.
Kevin de León is also not free of controversy, having been accused of acting too slowly on accusations that now former state Senator Tony Mendoza, his ex-roommate, sexually harassed six women. The scandal has complicated his attempts to be seen as a leader in the “MeToo movement”.
Even with the advantages of Trump’s low state approval ratings and California’s progressive political climate, the Democratic party seems only capable of repeatedly shooting itself in the foot.