Many Californians, and not just
Boxer's term expires in 2016 and Feinstein's in 2018. Polls that show Californians interested in replacing them with someone else may not mean much -- after all, in many cases that would mean persuading lifelong Democrats to vote Republican. But the possibility that one or both groundbreaking female legislators might retire has an array of boldface state political figures eyeing the possibility of a run in two or four years.
The Times' Cathleen Decker reports:
"By the middle of October, according to the last full report available, Lt. Gov.
Although I am in part persuaded by the seniority and experience argument in favor of returning Boxer and Feinstein to Washington -- their tenure has earned them positions on key committees that allow them to leverage more power to the Golden State -- I tilt more toward the belief that the term "career politician" ought to be considered an oxymoron. Public service should not be a career, but rather a chance to briefly give back to society before resuming private life.
Power has a tendency to become so entrenched that it is often hard for people who hold it to relate to the concerns of ordinary people -- i.e. their constituents. In Feinstein's case, for example, it was telling that after years of running interference for the National Security Agency and its massive infrastructure of illegal surveillance against the American people was revealed by
She clearly had spent too much time with people like Director of National Intelligence James
I don't think that the two senators are too old to serve effectively. I think they've been in office too long to serve Californians. Not running for reelection to open up the field to a younger generation of public servants would be a classy move. [if gte mso 9]>