A lot of folks are wondering who California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will tap to replace the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein who passed away earlier today. As of this writing, a total of four potential names have been floating about, with one of them being, and I can’t believe this, Oprah Winfrey. I guess it was only a matter of time before Oprah got into public service. I would have thought it would happen sooner, but alas, that’s not the case. This, of course, is not a guarantee she’ll finish Feinstein’s term, just stating my thoughts.
According to a report from the New York Times on Friday, Newsom promised he would forego looking for the best candidate for the job and opt instead to pick a black woman for the seat. Because meeting a diversity quota is far, far more important than having the right person put in the position. I mean, maybe he’ll get lucky and these will be one in the same?
He went on to say that he would most definitely not be picking one of the current candidates running for the seat, such as Reps. Barbara Lee, Katie Porter, and Adam “Shifty” Schiff.
The governor has noted he did not want to give any of the declared candidates an advantage in the Democrat primary.
Names that have been discussed to finish Feinstein’s term include Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles county supervisor; Angela Glover Blackwell, a civil rights lawyer in Oakland and the founder of PolicyLink, a research and advocacy nonprofit group; and Shirley Weber, the California secretary of state, according to the Times. TV’s Oprah Winfrey also has been mentioned, according to The Associated Press.
Newsom has pointed to the fact that there are no Black women in the Senate since Kamala Harris stepped down to assume the job as vice president. But the governor has come under criticism for his comments about appointing a Black woman.
“I am troubled by the governor’s remarks,” Lee went on to say in response to Newsom. “The idea that a Black woman should be appointed only as a caretaker to simply check a box is insulting to countless Black women across this country who have carried the Democratic Party to victory election after election.”
The death of Feinstein leaves Senate Democrats with a very slim majority of 50-49, which has to be making some folks very, very nervous. There is likely more than a few Democrats who could be persuaded to side with the GOP against the more diehard liberals in the upper chamber, depending on the issue. That could spell bad news for the leftist agenda.
Still, what in the world is the left thinking by opting to consider Oprah for the position? Remember when they gave Republicans a hard time over Trump? Well, if they go with Oprah, they are no longer allowed to criticize the GOP for having a reality star as the figurehead for the party, as they will be walking down the very same path.
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