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From Down with Tyranny. This is interesting.

Who’ll Be The Next California Senator? Someone Better Than Feinstein Or Padilla, I Hope

More people wonder if conservative Democrat Dianne Feinstein— who is in very bad mental decline and will be 91 if she runs again— will get to the end of the hallway than if she will run again in 2024. Only the media drama queens wonder if she’s going to run again. Everyone else knows if’s far more likely that she won’t finish her current term than start a new one in 2025.

This morning, Jeremy White acknowledged that the race to succeed her is on. Adam Schiff as much as announced he’s running and both Maebe A. Girl and Laura Friedman are lining up backers— as are Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and state Senator Anthony Portantino. I’ve heard talk that former City Councilman David Ryu might run and I’m sure that there are plenty of former mayors of Glendale and Burbank who see themselves in Congress as well. And I know for sure that there are some people trying to draft Alyssa Milano.

But Schiff, one of the House’s top fundraisers— I think only Pelosi raised more than him this cycle— won’t have a cakewalk into the Senate, despite the $21 million he has left over from 2022. More people are considering running for the Senate seat than there are considering running to replace him in the House. White named 3 progressive superstars: Ro Khanna, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee.

Unmentioned by White: other congressmembers who see themselves moving across the Capitol— Eric Swalwell, Raul Ruiz, Jared Huffman, Jimmy Panetta, Scott Peters, Sarah Jacobs…

Then, a bit outside of Politico’s ken, we have loads of non-federal possibilities from statewide officeholders like Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta, Controller Betty Yee, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Secretary of State Shirley Weber and state Supt. of Instruction Tony Thurman to a slew of big city mayors, current and former, like Eric Garcetti (L.A.), Antonio Villaraigosa (L.A.), London Breed (San Francisco), Libby Schaaf (Oakland), Todd Gloria (San Diego) and Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento). And no doubt Xavier Becerra would love to get out of the Department of Health and Human Services.

And… let’s not leave out declared Republican candidate Barack Obama Mandela. Oh… I forgot, the general is likely to be between the two top scoring Democrats, maybe Adam Schiff and either Katie Porter, Ro Khanna or Xavier Beccera. But there’s a lot of time between now and then, including the possibility that Governor Neo-Liberal gets to appoint some other shit candidate the way he saddled up with Bonta and Padilla.

https://www.downwithtyranny.com/post/who-ll-be-the-next-california-senator-someone-better-than-feinstein-or-padilla-i-hope

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Boy she doesnt look good, they’ll have to keep her alive by machine to finish her term…

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It’s unfortunate that she hasn’t aged well. Yet I admire her for not using cosmetic surgery like Nanci Pelosi (looks to have).

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Orl, updated the post to extend into today. I’ll post another thread later for special election.

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https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2022/12/05/about-that-faiz-op-ed-00072334

Sen. BERNIE SANDERS’ 2020 campaign manager and current adviser FAIZ SHAKIR sparked both outrage and glee Monday morning by publicly slamming President JOE BIDEN’s recent proposal for Democrats in South Carolina to lead off the 2024 presidential primary.

In a New York Times op-ed, Shakir called Biden’s proposal “comical, if it weren’t tragic.” In an interview a few hours after the piece was published, he added that putting South Carolina first was a “fatal flaw” in Biden’s plan and an “obvious slap in the face to our good sense.”

South Carolina was the state that propelled Biden to victory in the 2020 primary. And the president’s allies in the party were unamused by Shakir’s piece.

“Zero tolerance — ZERO for any disrespect or dismissal of Black voters,” Democratic National Committee Chairman JAIME HARRISON wrote on Twitter while retweeting a similar critique. PATRICK DILLON, a Democratic strategist whose wife, JEN O’MALLEY DILLON, is Biden’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted Shakir’s piece with this comment: “Had to read this twice just to confirm that it does not mention Black voters even once.”

Shakir, in our interview, was unmoved by his critics. “It’s a very insulting approach to suggest that somehow we don’t care about Black voters because we think South Carolina shouldn’t go first. Come on. Get real.” He added that he’d support Georgia going first, pointing out that it is more diverse and has a higher percentage of Black voters than South Carolina. He said he would rather see Nevada at the head of the pack but would prefer any of the other first five in Biden’s plan — which also includes New Hampshire, Michigan, and Georgia — to go first over South Carolina.

While Shakir insisted his pushback against South Carolina was not “for a strategic intent of Bernie or anyone else,” he is not exactly a disinterested party. South Carolina turned the tide against Sanders in 2020 and Shakir in April penned a memo stating that Sanders had not ruled out another presidential run if Biden bows out. A South Carolina-first primary would not be ideal for a Sanders 2024 candidacy.

Shakir said that he still believes Biden will run, but that Sanders’ position hadn’t changed. “If [Biden] were not to run, then all options are on the table,” he said. He said that he gave Sanders a heads up about the op-ed beforehand. “I think he had concerns about the calendar as well,” Shakir said, but added he didn’t want to speak for the senator.

Sanders’ office declined to comment on the op-ed.

Biden’s political brain trust believes they have the moral and political high ground when it comes to the calendar and don’t care to pick a fight over it with Bernie world. “We can all agree that an early primary calendar that looks like America and reflects the values of our party serves the process well,” said one Biden adviser, who asked to remain anonymous. “And making sure that the Democratic party’s most loyal voters — Black voters — are at the front of the line and not at the back of the bus feels like something no one should be arguing about.”

Regardless of intention, Biden’s proposal has prompted the first political fight of the 2024 primary. Many Democrats, including progressives like Rep. RO KHANNA (D-Calif.), have already come out in favor of the proposal, which the full DNC will vote on in Philadelphia in early February.

But Shakir is among a number of Democrats who are beginning to push back before the official vote. Democrats from New Hampshire, which would see its treasured first-in-the-nation status disappear, have been especially critical. Sen. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.) even snubbed the president’s invitation to the White House Congressional Ball Monday night, as Punchbowl reported.

The president’s team has tried to quell potential objections by saying the plan only applies to 2024 and can be revisited again before 2028. And on Friday, the DNC panel charged with reordering the presidential calendar codified a process to review the early states ahead of 2028.

“This calendar is good for a president who won’t be challenged, but it might not make sense when there’s an open primary again,” said one Rules and Bylaws Committee member. “This is a calendar for 2024, but not necessarily for 2028. I don’t think the calendar question is over.”

Other operatives, including self-identified moderates, also fumed at the proposal but notably declined to go on the record blasting it. “The process to get here was messy and not well thought out,” said one moderate Democratic operative working in an early state. “This was about the president and his team shutting down even the possibility of a 2024 primary challenge, looking out for his own personal politics, and using his control of the DNC to reward the state that delivered him the nomination last time.”

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Leave it to Politico to do a little embelishment, but Faiz is a good communicator.

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