On Monday I did a lengthy post about California’s gubernatorial recall election on September 14.
This post is not lengthy, but still…
I get it if you live outside of California and are wondering, “Why should I care about who’s governor in California?”
It has to do with the U.S. Senate, and California Senator Diane Feinstein (pictured), who’s served in the Senate since 1993.
She is 88 years old.
But it’s not her life I’m writing about.
It’s her possible death.
As of 2020, female life expectancy in the U.S. was 80.5 years.
Consider this potential scenario, which transitions the recall election from a hot mess to a horror story:
- In the September recall, a majority votes to oust Democrat Governor Newsom.
- In the September recall, Newsom’s replacement is also voted on, and a Republican wins.
- The Republican replacement governor serves out the remainder of Newsom’s term – until the November 2022 election.
- In the time between the new governor being sworn in and November 2022 election, Senator Feinstein dies.
- The Republican governor appoints a Republican replacement senator to finish Feinstein’s term.
- The U.S. Senate goes from a 50/50 split to a 51/49 GOP majority.
- This guy in back in power:
This horror story occurred to me only after I’d written the Monday post.
The author of this August 10 article was way ahead of me:
The article says,
“In a sort of worst-case scenario for the party, a successful recall could lead to Democrats losing their majority in the U.S. Senate, and have ramifications on some of the biggest issues facing the nation today, according to analysts.
“‘It could potentially grind President Biden’s agenda to a halt for the foreseeable future,’ said Julie Edwards, a local political consultant and former communications manager for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley from Oregon.”
California Democratic Party Vice Chair David Campos said this:
“One vacancy in the U.S. Senate could alter the course of history and, in the near-term, create some real issues for people. That’s why people need to understand how critical this is and how much is at stake.”
Democratic legislation blocked…Democratic appointments blocked…a Biden nominee to the Supreme Court blocked…
And not just this guy back in power:
But with that, comes this: