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  •  I really like Feinstein, for the most part (3+ / 0-)
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    She's a moderate Democrat who's very progressive on certain issues that are important to me, and who appeals to wealthy and moderate independents and centrist voters as well as business Democrats, and usually comes on board on any important Democratic policy proposal.

    Anyway, re: Boxer, http://www.biography.com/...

    After winning reelection in 1998, Boxer planned to retire at the end of her second term. She changed her mind, she said, after hearing then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) admonish Democrats for criticizing the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "Then I got really fearful for my country," Boxer said. "The greatest thing about our country is that we're free and that we debate and we talk."
    Boxer intended to retire 12 years ago. In 2016 she'll be 76, and I think that, unlike in 2010 where there was pressure for her not to leave an open seat in that environment, they'll be pressure for her to step and let in a new generation of California Democrats to the biggest national stage for the state.

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 02:35:39 PM PDT

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    •  I have a feeling Feinstein will retire in 2018 (1+ / 0-)
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      She'd be 85 with over 5 decades political service at that point.

      In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

      by lordpet8 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 04:52:59 PM PDT

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      •  Of course (1+ / 0-)
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        I was surprised Feinstein ran again in 2012. 2018 and 2016 are going to have a lot of shifting around in California politics. Hopefully Kamela Harris becomes governor in 2018, and folks like Raul Ruiz and Loretta Scanchez having a chance to move up to the U.S. Senate.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:07:17 PM PDT

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