Video: Feinstein walks out on interview when challenged on debate

posted at 10:41 am on September 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This is actually a few days old, but it’s just getting attention after Breitbart picked it up earlier today. The video comes from a Wednesday night report from ABC’s San Francisco affiliate KGO from the Democratic National Convention, where reporter Mark Matthews caught up with both of California’s US Senate candidates.  Republican Elizabeth Emken told Matthews that Dianne Feinstein refused to debate her, apparently even once, which even had the LA Times scratching its collective head in July:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had an excuse for not debating her opponents in the first round of this year’s election — there were 23 of them. But now that the voters have winnowed the field to two, the four-term Democratic incumbent owes it to California’s voters to appear publicly with Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.

Emken, an advocate for autistic children, is obviously the underdog in this election. But she received 12.6% of the primary vote in the crowded field, almost twice as many votes as the third-place finisher. More to the point, as the only alternative to Feinstein, she has earned the right to challenge the incumbent on the issues — and to be challenged in return. …

Feinstein’s long tenure and familiarity with California were obviously assets for her in the primary — she is, by most measures, the state’s most highly regarded public official. But the risk for any long-serving official is the perception that she is taking her public trust for granted. Nothing screams “entrenched incumbent” more than a refusal to debate an opponent.

Two months later, Feinstein’s still not listening … literally.  The incumbent walked out on Matthews after he pressed her to answer why she won’t debate Emken:

Matthews: I got to ask you about Elizabeth Emken. She wants to debate you. The L.A. Times came out and said you ought to debate her.
Feinstein: I’m running my own campaign.
Matthews: Is there anything more you can add to that?
Feinstein: I did a large event in Modesto, did three or four meetings, I’ve been to Southern California’s and that’s what I’ll continue to do.
Matthews: Wouldn’t it be better for the voters to hear both sides?
Feinstein: Thank you very much.

You’re welcome … for nothing.  The most interesting moment in this video is where Feinstein gets ready to walk out of the interview after Matthews asks the first question, but then suddenly sits back down when she thinks the next question is about her.  I’m sure that Matthews appreciated the patronizing pat on the shoulder at the end, too, just as much as California voters appreciate the patronizing attitude from Feinstein towards them as well.


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…so what else is new?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

…it’s don’t answer the question…avoid the question and go onto something shiny…or walk out!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

…there has been a lot of “walking off” by the rats lately…why is that allowed by the media?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…Diane is not aging well…despite all the money the 99% has given her husband…can’t she get Pelosi’s advice?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

So, stage a debate with an empty chair there.

SouthernGent on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Douche

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

And it will have no effect on the voters at all.

California continues sinking into the sea.

Zomcon JEM on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

42 years in office? Wait…what?

‘Scuse me? Sit down, shut up, and do as I’m told? Oh…uh…sorry. Yes ma’am.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

…she thought she would be safe…with a Matthews!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This just in. MSM Reporters just discovering real issues.

Film at 11.

Nethicus on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It doesn’t matter, she will be elected in a landslide again in California…why should she risk it?

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Emken needs to Eastwood her.

TXUS on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The most interesting moment in this video is where Feinstein gets ready to walk out of the interview after Matthews asks the first question, but then suddenly sits back down when she thinks the next question is about her.

Looks like she looked over at one of her aides, then she sat back down.

MoreLiberty on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Empty chairs seem to be a theme lately.

Given that DiFi has spent her entire adult life in politics, it’s way past time for a change.

Emken for Senate!

ConservativeLA on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

She can act this way because she’s got nothing to worry about. She could pull down her pants and take a dump on the California state flag and still get reelected.

Mark1971 on September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

She’s just another old geezer politician who needs to retire or be forced there into, but her constituents are too stupid to realize they should be voting for the opposition candidate that she refuses to debate.

stukinIL4now on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Feinstein: Thank you very much.

It sound to me like she said.

Feinstein: No. Thank you very much.

LoganSix on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I’m sure that Matthews appreciated the patronizing pat on the shoulder at the end, too, just as much as California voters appreciate the patronizing attitude from Feinstein towards them as well.

If any group deserves a patronizing attitude towards them, it’s California voters.

MessesWithTexas on September 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Video: Feinstein walks out on interview when challenged on debate

Dianne Feinstein is living proof that if you have enough money, and grease the right palms as a senator, you can get away with almost anything. That B.I.T.C.H belongs in a federal Prison for illegally funneling HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to her husbands construction company.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

As a CA resident who is sick of Feinstein, I agree that a debate with an empty chair would be AWESOME! Emken could go through an entire presentation, asking questions and then answering using Feinstein’s own words or citing Feinstein’s positions. It would be a tremendous statement and would boost Emken’s visibility tremendously. Feinstein would simply have to live with it, having made her own bed.

pianomomma on September 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Feinstein will still win in a landslide.

This is California. They re-elected Governor Moonbat which is just about as insane as it gets.

They would elect Marion Barry as Senator-For-Life if they had the chance.

CorporatePiggy on September 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Feinstein’s long tenure and familiarity with California were obviously assets for her in the primary — she is, by most measures, the state’s most highly regarded public official.

… and that right there tells you everything you need to know about how deeply California has sunk into the abyss.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So, stage a debate with an empty chair there.

SouthernGent on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

THIS.

redmama on September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Our esteemed Senator could shoot up a high school and still get re-elected.California in a nutshell.

jeffinsjvca on September 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

… and that right there tells you everything you need to know about how deeply California has sunk into the abyss.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Well, except that it isn’t true. What she is is a damned crook who has HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BUY OFF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE MEDIA. She isn’t even remotely well regarded by ordinary Californian’s.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

At least Diane still has the same hairstyle she wore the day she won her first election.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

And Californian voters will reelect the byotch until the state is swallowed by the ocean.

Archivarix on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Actually that is a progresive trait.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You folks in Ca. need to get it together.

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I see what you did there…

22044 on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

California, New York, Massachusetts..this is what you get when you have one party rule. Shut up she said!

Caper29 on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Big Deal! She will still be reelected by the Calexicans in a landslide. Who needs a debate when you can FREE STUFF.

morbius on September 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

She isn’t even remotely well regarded by ordinary Californian’s.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

That’s good to hear. I know that all of you aren’t nuts, but you sure have enough of them that it’s dragging the state down. I used to love vacationing in California after we moved here to AZ. Eight hour drive and you are on the coast; the drive is even enjoyable. But all of the crazy has taken the luster off of that.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Feinstein is a wuss.

pilamaye on September 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Ed, spell check the tag for the teachers tag. ; )

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I honesty thought this video was from the 70′s that hag looks like sh*t! Based on her gruesome looks alone, people should vote the beast out! And she’s an a*sshole.

Tbone McGraw on September 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Ed, I dare you to do what many of us do.

adversiting=advertising. Lol!

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

She can act this way because she’s got nothing to worry about. She could pull down her pants and take a dump on the California state flag and still get reelected.

Mark1971 on September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yep. #OCCUPYING the CA. state flag would probably bump her “favorability”.

98ZJUSMC on September 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

California, New York, Massachusetts..this is what you get when you have one party rule. Shut up she said!

Caper29 on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’d be the first to argue that CA is comprised of vast numbers of numbskulls (Jerry Brown re-elected? ’nuff said), but hey, strange things do happen occasionally. Remember when Scott Brown took “the Kennedy seat? in MA? Granted, Coakley is not Feinstein and Brown is no true conservative, but . . . never say never.

I just think that Emken could improve her visibility, at least, by doing an empty chair debate. And it would reinforce the point that non-achieving Dems are just clocking it in.

pianomomma on September 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

As a CA resident who is sick of Feinstein, I agree that a debate with an empty chair would be AWESOME! Emken could go through an entire presentation, asking questions and then answering using Feinstein’s own words or citing Feinstein’s positions. It would be a tremendous statement and would boost Emken’s visibility tremendously. Feinstein would simply have to live with it, having made her own bed.

pianomomma on September 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Or, at least make a campaign commercial like that.

98ZJUSMC on September 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

She’ll win in a landslide. California is finished. This is America’s future — the Progressive wasteland. The Progressives destroyed the most abundant, innovative and dynamic state in the country. They destroy everything they touch. But they make us all feel good, as we shuffle off to civic mortuary. That’s no small talent!

rrpjr on September 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Boy, good thing we have a federal government that would never make the rest of us pay for the cluster*&^$ California has become. Because man… that would be bad.

Oh…wait……

Sugar Land on September 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why California even wastes money on election confuses me….it will vote in the dem almost every time, a couple of area have some Republicans…so give those to the Republicans, keep the dems in the dem districts and save all of that money wasted in voting.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Feinstein needs to go. But the stupid voters of Kalifornia will have no problem returning her to office.

GarandFan on September 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

All that little pat on the shoulder was missing was a hoarse “WHO ARE YOU???”

greggriffith on September 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Feinstein is a wuss.

pilamaye on September 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

She is one of the reasons I became so disappointed in Bush.

When she was caught red=handed with her hand in the cookie jar giving contracts to her husbands companies, Bush was going to take her down. She was a powerful figure, suddenly, she became a Bush “supporter”, all of a sudden the war was “good”, good reason, well thought out, and she championed Bush for about 2 years, and Bush dropped all charges.

Yeah, it helped Bush immensely, but he had a chance to throw Feinstein out, and maybe even in jail…it was shameless and ever so obvious.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Pelosi, Feinstein and Barbara “don’t call me ma’am” Boxer.

California sure knows how to pick ‘em.

But then we’ve got Corrine Brown and Debbie Whatshername Schultz, so I’ll shut up now.

Flora Duh on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

When danger raised it’s ugly head Sir Diane turned her tail and fled. Brave, Brave, Brave, Brave, Brave Sir Diane!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Should have asked her if she has any more secret info on the Zodiac investigation to blab to the public.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

But then we’ve got Corrine Brown and Debbie Whatshername Schultz, so I’ll shut up now.

Flora Duh on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Wink wink, nod nod, say no more… ;p

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

She can act this way because she’s got nothing to worry about. She could pull down her pants and take a dump on the California state flag and still get reelected.

Mark1971 on September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yep. #OCCUPYING the CA. state flag would probably bump her “favorability”.

98ZJUSMC on September 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

But she couldn’t do the same for the flag of Mexico.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Flora Duh on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

We’re gonna have Ted Cruz. Heheheh.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Just another example of the ruling elite showing ultimate disdain for We, the People! We have got to vote out these corrupt fools and institute term limits for Congress! Corruptocrats like Feinstein, Pelosi, Boxer, Reid, Schumer and the rest have GOT to go. California, you can either keep this woman in office while you circle the drain or you can opt for saving your state with her opponent! You did not do well with Jerry Brown so maybe even CA can change for the better….. maybe.

JonR on September 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

— she is, by most measures, the state’s most highly regarded public official.

Gag me. I’m so freakin’ glad I left.

trigon on September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

There is no place like California, a few people work and care and 1/3 of all welfare recipients from the US live and continue to vote this woman and Boxer back into office? I wonder what I have done wrong to deserve this type of representation? Oh yeah and my scholar for a govenor Moonbeam Brown, challenges Christie to a physical fitness test because the one that matters to the state he isnt even in the same country… the fiscal fitness test.

DustInCa on September 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Very old women often develop an exceedingly thin skin and are emotionally timid.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

the condescending double tap on the shoulder is Chicago for ” nice little news station you got there, be a shame if anything happened to it.

skanter on September 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The liberals’ Brave-Sir-Robin debate technique is par for the course.

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Stupid is as stupid does….. and just think of the stupid people who actually vote for this moron. This is why the Congress is broken.

ultracon on September 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

At the event in Modesto she was asked what can be done to permit the banks to release their inventory of foreclosed homes to the market faster as we have a massive undersupply problem. An example was also given of a man that was still in his home after not having made a payment for 3 years and counting due to state and federal regulations limiting the ability to foreclose. Her response was that she is concerned about keeping the families together at all costs. They then asked her about the countless buyers that would like to buy the home and actually make payments, what about their families. No response, next question. Most I know left thoroughly disgusted with her obvious arrogance and disdain for the real issues in the valley.

pistris on September 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Look at how old Feinstein looks now, she should be retired not running for reelection.

rndmusrnm on September 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So arrogant – so typical. Feinstein is afraid of her disastrous record – of course she doesn’t want to debate.

Elizabeth Emken has run a great campaign, but she is VERY underfunded. DONATE TODAY!

http://www.emken2012.com/news/

Pork-Chop on September 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

So, an entrenched politician that takes her constituents for granted gets upset when someone hints she’s an entrenched politician taking her constituents for granted?

Well color me shocked!

Feinstein could cut a commercial tomorrow of her flipping every Californian off and telling them to go to hell and she’d still win. Because she knows she’s in the land of moonbats.

ButterflyDragon on September 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

another soon-to-be octogenarian trying for six more years in the Senate. Do we really want 85-year old women in the Senate ? or men for that matter, McCain, Hatch, Mikulski (76, elected last term).

I mean, C’mon people . . .

williampeck1958 on September 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Smart incumbents usually think of an excuse.

I’m sure I don’t agree with Dreadful Diane, but wasn’t Allen West accused of the dame thing?

And I am sure NOT attempting to excuse bad behavior with other bad behavior. There is no end of it on that road!

IlikedAUH2O on September 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dianne Feinstein refused to debate her

That’s how marxists always do it.

The opposing side must never be allowed to speak.

jaime on September 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Feinstein: Thank you very much.

It sound to me like she said.

Feinstein: No. Thank you very much.

LoganSix on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Between the lines:

Feinstein: No. eff you very much.

arnold ziffel on September 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Why California even wastes money on election confuses me….it will vote in the dem almost every time, a couple of area have some Republicans…so give those to the Republicans, keep the dems in the dem districts and save all of that money wasted in voting.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Henry Waxman did (yes, that Henry Waxman) when he chaired the California Assembly’s redistricting committee in 1971-72. And the GOP, to secure a few “safe” districts, went along compliantly, locking itself into a statewide minority for the next 40 years. Can’t remember the last time the GOP held either legislative house. In 2008/2010 not a single incumbent was voted out of statewide office. The CA GOP today is completely moribund. That’s why we run rich biz execs who can self-finance their campaigns for state office these days.

de rigueur on September 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Emken is running FOR Californians.

Feinstein is running FROM Californians.

juanito on September 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Feinstein is after all entitled to be reelected forever.

Sherman1864 on September 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

To be fair, she didn’t really “walk out” on the interview. That question was saved as the last one for the interview so she was going to “walk out” anyway. Come on, I hate spin when the left does it and I don’t like it when the right does it either.

It is fair to say that she refuses to debate Emken but everyone “walks out” after the last question of an interview. She even pats his shoulder as she is leaving.

crosspatch on September 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Do Democrats love to wear red just because they think its taboo because its the official color of the GOP?

I’m just asking because I’ve been seeing a lot of photos of Democrats wearing red recently.

I guess they’re feeling a little weary of ‘blue’ recently.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Sounds a lot like Scott Brown, don’t it?

Rainsford on September 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

That makes both Calif Senators that don’t do debates. Many years ago Boxer also refused to dabate, and said there was no reason to do so.

She was far enough ahead of her opponent and even said a debate would only hurt her. She outright refused and still won handily.

Unless either of these women were far enough behind to need to debate, neither will be guilted into doing so. Both Boxer and Feinstein have life long senate security – that’s just how California voters roll.

marybel on September 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

She’ll be elected until she dies.

Large portions of this nation have forgotten that we’re not supposed to like having kings in America, yet Feinstein is basically a senatorial monarch in California, with lifetime tenure. Same goes for Boxer. However California decided – about 20 years ago – that these two Bay Area liberal women would be their senators for life, I don’t know. But it’s the sorry truth of the matter.

I predict that neither Boxer nor Feinstein will ever be unseated by the electorate – only by the Grim Reaper.

Keeping living under kings, CaliBots, and you will taste the rich taste of serfdom and learn to like it.

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

For the life of me, I do not understand why this woman wears her hair like she’s living in the 1940′s. It’s the ugliest hair style I have ever seen.

JellyToast on September 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

But why should she debate? She knows she’d lose, and she has the good fortune to represent a bunch of people who really don’t care whether she’s in any way fit for the office she’s held since the Grant administration. People get the government they deserve, and God help America.

morganfrost on September 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

It’s most likely a wig.

NapaConservative on September 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

She and her husband are corrupt to the bone. They ripped off the gov’t, vit Medicare, repeatedly, and now have started new companies to do it, again. Yet, she’ll win, handily.

The harlots deserve her, fully.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

As a CA resident who is sick of Feinstein, I agree that a debate with an empty chair would be AWESOME! Emken could go through an entire presentation, asking questions and then answering using Feinstein’s own words or citing Feinstein’s positions. It would be a tremendous statement and would boost Emken’s visibility tremendously. Feinstein would simply have to live with it, having made her own bed.

pianomomma on September 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

She could film it for almost no cost and post the video on YouTube. It could go viral and actually change some minds. [OK, I was joking about that last part. It is CA after all and even if it did change some minds, the Dems controlling the vote counters would helpfully change their votes back to what they "should be": 100% Dem control of state and US Senate positions.]

in_awe on September 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

She and her husband are corrupt to the bone. They ripped off the gov’t, vit Medicare, repeatedly, and now have started new companies to do it, again. Yet, she’ll win, handily.

The harlots deserve her, fully.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

But the rest of the country should have to foot the bill.
Federal bailouts of individual states are tailor-made to undo the Union.

The purpose of states is to allow many different lifestyles to coexist in one Republic. If citizens in some states are forced by the Federal Government to pay for bailouts to pay for the unsustainable financial lifestyles of other states – lifestyles that the subsidizing states do not espouse and did not vote to implement the undoing of the Union of states cannot be far behind.

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

But the rest of the country should have to foot the bill.

But the rest of the country should NOT have to foot the bill.

FIFM

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

And there you have a classic democrat who knows she doesn’t have to actually try all that hard to win re-election. Do something for the voters? Puh-leeze. Imma just gonna go get me some shrimp coctails before they’re all gone. Buh-bye.

Dianne Feinstein, ladies and gentlemen.

Book on September 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The more I look around – and see people carelessly living their daily lives while staying contemptuous of politics and cynically claiming to be “above it all,” and then see the very real fiscal and social forces tearing at the country like the force of a wind-shear supercell on the wings of an airliner designed to take only so much, I see how perilously close America is to her design limit.

The Founders did not design America to be sustained by a willfully ignorant and self-indulgent populace.

Ben Franklin told folks asking about the Constitutional Convention that the delegates had wrought “a republic, if you can keep it.”

As Bob Seger once wrote – “it’s like full-force gale…. an American Storm.”

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I hate these looters. They are worse than common criminals. They claim their virtue while robbing the property of others to distribute as they see fit. Eternity in hell is sufficient punishment for them. Knowing that inevitable justice for theses pagan looters is their fate keeps me from dwelling on it and getting me down.

tom daschle concerned on September 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had an excuse for not debating her opponents in the first round of this year’s election — there were 23 of them.

Looks like california’s new electoral law didn’t q

Gene Hunt on September 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had an excuse for not debating her opponents in the first round of this year’s election — there were 23 of them.

Looks like California’s new electoral law didn’t quite work as planned, as Feinstein’s opponent is a Republican. It’s only the first time, however.

The new law abolished party primaries and replaced them with first-round free-for-alls in which all candidates from all parties compete. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, then face each other in the second round election in November. The idea is that, except in a few tiny places of no importance, strategic candidacy and voting will ensure that no Republican is ever on a California ballot again, especially in statewide races. (Think US Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney-General etc. President, too, if they can get the Supreme Court to hold that that is a state election.) This will also eventually result in the state legislature being entirely Democrat-populated.

Gene Hunt on September 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

It’s only here in CA one cannot see she is an old, tired lady, well beyond any usefulness. She’s never been much, now she is dead weight. The only part of her that does not scream done is her dark (colored) hair. I for one was fooled. What is she 90?

StevC on September 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

What she is is a damned crook who has HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BUY OFF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE MEDIA. She isn’t even remotely well regarded by ordinary Californian’s.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Unfortunately you’re making the tacit assumption that most Californians are “ordinary,” at least by our definition of the word. Those of us who actually live here (and in my case, distressingly close to San Francisco) know otherwise.

Elizabeth Emken MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST have an empty chair debate as suggested earlier in this thread! What an awesome idea! Do this and we could have a real horse race, especially considering that we already have an arrogant horse’s ass in it. My goodness, at least have someof the inland counties go red in this contest.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on September 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

A concealed handgun permit for me but NONE for THEE! – Sen. Feinstein

Missilengr on September 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Both Feinstein and Boxer don’t meet with the public. Call their office ask them when they are having a townhall meeting. After a moment of shocked silence, they will tell you confidently that Senator Feinstein/Boxer “don’t meet with the public”. Feinstein has a breakfast in Washington DC once a month that you can request an invitation to.

Charm on September 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Another Beltway Barnacle desperately clinging to power.

Philly on September 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

As a native Californian, I’m kinda bummed by all the comments on this string. You make it sound like we DESIRE to have idiots like Feinrot and RottenBox as our Senators. Got news for you: there are a few of us left keeping this blue state purple, but when we finally go…well…you know the rest. Trust me, we vote for ‘anyone but the two wenches’ every chance we get.

So rather than repeating the old refrain ‘you get what you vote for’, maybe start thinking about what you can do to help those of us still stuck, errr living, here to affect change in a red direction? Otherwise, all y’all just come off as know-it-all blowhards lobbing verbal affronts with no strategies.

Biffstir on September 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Feinstein can go jump off a bridge. She’s as intellectually vacant as Joe Biden.

TX-96 on September 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Wow.

I love the condescending pat on the reporter’s shoulder as she walks out. In a different time and place you might be gulag-bound, Mark!

dissent555 on September 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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