Wednesday, January 07, 2009

 

Who'd a Thunk It? Dianne Feinstein - Voice of Reason

The former Hillary Clinton supporter is on a roll lately:

First she neatly sums up what MC readers have known for awhile : the Senate needs to seat Roland Burris as Barack Obama’s lawful replacement:

“Does the governor have the power, under law, to make the appointment? And the answer is yes," Feinstein said, urging the Senate to settle the matter. "If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America. ... Mr. Burris is a senior, experienced politician." Sen. Feinstein Breaks With Democrats to Back Burris Appointment

This comes right on the heels of her nicely understated reaction to the proposed nomination of Leon Panetta:

"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director," Feinstein said. "My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."

And, as a result:

Obama Apologizes to Feinstein Over Panetta Snub

She’s even continuing a Bush policy into the Obama era:

"In California and other states with two Democratic senators, President Bush has relied on bipartisan screening committees, an innovative arrangement that has produced some compromise candidates….Feinstein endorsed a similar approach for the next four years, saying she believes "a bipartisan, merit-based process is the best way to go." Feinstein taps bipartisan panels to pick judges (H/T Bench Memos)

Good for her.

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