It would be 3 out of 4 if Republicans hadn’t secured the House.
Here’s an absolutely normal news item from the gerontocracy that is ruthlessly clinging to power, yet unable to figure out why it’s clinging to power.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is poised to become president pro tempore of the Senate, according to long-standing Senate tradition.
As a result of her new status as the longest-serving Democratic senator, the 89-year-old lawmaker would be third in line to the presidency, behind the vice president and House Speaker.
And Dianne makes Joe Biden look sharp and on top of things.
But when asked by Insider at the Capitol about the potential of taking on the job — she would be the first woman in American history to hold the position — she insisted that she hadn’t thought about it.
“Well, I haven’t thought about it, but I’ll let you know when I do,” said Feinstein, who was first elected in 1992. “I just got back, I’ve had a lot of issues.”
An aide walking with the senator quickly interjected, telling Insider that Feinstein had “told a few reporters in the past that she’s not thought about it, and has no intention of seeking the position.”
“That’s what you’ve told reporters,” the aide said to Feinstein.
“I don’t know what you’re saying,” she replied.
This is about the Senate pro tem position,” he said.
“Well, I haven’t said anything about it, that I know of,” she insisted.
“You were asked about it over the break, and you put out a statement saying that you had no intention of running for it,” he said, apparently referencing the statement given to the Post.
“Okay, well then, I guess it’s out,” she conceded.
Asked by Insider why she doesn’t want the position, she pointed to her husband’s recent death.
“I just lost my husband a short time ago, I’m putting my life together, and I intend to continue in this position and do as well as I possibly can,” she said.
This is sad and irresponsible.
But considering that at the top of the line of succession is a 58-year-old woman whose brain never seems to have functioned and Senator Jon Fetterman is inbound, age clearly isn’t the problem here.