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Feinstein still refusing to resign from job she admittedly is unable to do

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This is better than nothing, but there’s a very obvious logical conclusion here:

Senator Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday pushed back on calls for her resignation but asked to step away from the Judiciary Committee indefinitely while recovering from shingles, responding to mounting pressure from Democrats who have publicly vented concerns that she is unable to perform her job.

Ms. Feinstein, an 89-year-old California Democrat, has been away from the Senate since February, when she was diagnosed with the infection. Her absence has become a problem for Senate Democrats, limiting their ability to move forward with judicial nominations. In recent days, as it became clear she was not planning to return after a two-week recess, pressure began to increase for Ms. Feinstein to resign.

On Wednesday night, she said she would not do so, but offered a stopgap solution, saying she would request a temporary replacement on the panel.

Look, this is getting ridiculous. Especially with Manchin and Sinema still around, her vote will be needed sometimes too. It’s just completely irresponsible to insist on doing a job you absolutely cannot do. Do the right thing for Chrissakes.

Incidentally, this is not a new phenomenon. Ted Kennedy refusing to resign after suffering a seizure in 2008, in an election cycle in which even Martha Coakley would have won, very nearly prevented his life’s work legislation from being enacted, and still resulted in it being worse. No matter how accomplished, the Myth of the Indispensable Blue State Senator is a very dangerous one indeed.

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