Tragic news rocked the Democrat Party.
But now everyone is wondering what will happen next.
And a top Democrat’s death put Kamala Harris in one uncomfortable position.
California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein passed away at the age of 90.
Feinstein’s chief of staff, James Sauls, announced her death.
“There are few women who can be called senator, chairman, mayor, wife, mom and grandmother. Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who made an incredible impact on our country and her home state,” Sauls’ statement read. “She left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary. There is much to say about who she was and what she did, but for now, we are going to grieve the passing of our beloved boss, mentor and friend.”
Feinstein had been in poor health for years.
Earlier this year she missed months away from the Senate dealing with shingles and other medical issues.
And there were uncomfortable moments in public where it was clear Feinstein was in serious cognitive decline.
Feinstein’s death opened up a vacancy in the Senate that California Governor Gavin Newsom is obligated to fill.
The immediate speculation centered on Kamala Harris.
That’s because Governor Newsom pledged to obey the demands of identity politics and appoint a black woman to fill the seat should it ever become open.
Harris is the most unpopular vice president in the history of polling and Democrats fret that they can’t ditch Joe Biden out of fear that they will have to hand the nomination to Harris.
And no Democrat believes Harris can defeat Donald Trump – or any Republican – in a general election.
Feinstein already announced she wouldn’t seek re-election when her term was up in 2024 which set off a mad scramble as Democrat members of Congress Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff are all seeking the seat.
Newsom took the idea of appointing Harris or Lee – who is a black member of Congress – off the table by promising to nominate a caretaker to fill Feinstein’s seat since the primary for this race is in a matter of months.
“I don’t want to get involved in the primary,” Newsom told reporters.
“It would be completely unfair to the Democrats that have worked their tail off. That primary is just a matter of months away. I don’t want to tip the balance of that,” Newsom added.
But Democrats know they still have a Kamala Harris problem.
Polls show that voters think Biden is too old to serve a second term.
And subconsciously Americans know that a vote for Biden is likely a vote to make Kamala Harris president sometime before 2028.
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