Sen. Dianne Feinstein: I don’t see the point in debating my opponent Elizabeth Emken

Senator Dianne Feinstein told the San Francisco Chronicle that she hasn’t seen the point in debating her opponent and when pressed further on the issue, she seemed to suggest that she’s doing well in the polls and she doesn’t want to risk that with a debate.

Translation: She doesn’t want to lose.


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  • gunclinger

    Ah, the arrogance of Power!!

    Californians get what they deserve.

    • badbadlibs

      Except for those who despise the leftist and what they have done to that once great state, my sister being one.

      • gunclinger

        Please understand, I get no joy in taking pot shots at Cal.

        I grew up in SF Bay Area in the 60’s and 70’s, and remember it was a very cool place to grow up, but things have gotten very disfunctional there, and the residents keep electing the same idiots over and over. I couldn’t BELIEVE when moonbeam got elected again.

        He’s putting California on the “fast track” to hell…

        • warpmine

          No,no, CA is already there. Moonbeam is just taking all those on board for a tour of the place since he’s a current resident(polling places must be there somewhere).

        • C_Langston

          I grew up in the Bay Area and San Diego. Beautiful state but the politics drove me out a few years ago. It just keeps getting worse, but I do miss home.

        • ladyjk

          yes, it was governor moonbeam who started California on the road to fast decline. In his first term he made it possible for state employees to form unions and the rest is all history.

        • I guess my question here would be who are the biggest idiots. You say the residents keep electing the same idiots over and over. Would that not the residents the bigger idiots? Just asking.

        • badbadlibs

          I understand. I grew up in O.C. in the 60s and it was a different universe at that time.
          It’s stunning to think it wasn’t that many years ago that Pres. Ronald Reagan was governor and won the state both times.

      • stage9

        Except I hear folks are moving OUT of California because of the state of affairs there. God help us all! I don’t want those numbskulls migrating to my state!

        • Slickfoot

          Most of the ones leaving are the sane and productive ones.

    • Don

      Not sure I would call it arrogance. Bigotry might be a better word. Check any dictionary and look up the definition of bigot. A bigot is one who is an “obstinate thinker who is intolerant of others.” This describes a liberal perfectly. Those who do not agree with them are ridiculed unmercifully for disagreeing. Liberals just believe in so much that isn’t true. Their perceptions of reality are gauged on feelings and emotion rather than rational thought. Feinsten lies because she cannot comprehend reality. To debate is beneath her because she considers herself omnipotent. There is no doubt liberalism is a mental disorder and she is the epitome of that fact. You atre right, gunclinger, Californians will get what they deserve. In the end they will be bankrupt and become parasites on the American people to survive.

      • warpmine

        That could be a good thing further quickening the financial collapse of the country.

    • warpmine

      For most of them, yes.

    • I agree! I’m to the point where I see how Cali and NY are going with their idiot mayors, governors, senators, congressmen, and other loons I say this: You get what you deserve and may you tip over to the ocean to cleanse you as the idiot democratic thought would happen to Guam! Sink or swim!!

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      There are still some conservatives left in my native state of CA (TN transplant), my sibling and her family being a few of them.

  • The point is . . . . On top of her head!

  • AbdulBX

    This woman is still in office? Wow.

  • drphibes

    As California goes, so goes the country.

  • stage9

    “Translation: She doesn’t want to lose.”


  • BHliberty

    Well, this California resident will NOT be voting for the Senator. I know she is banking on the fact that the state is steep in Democrat-loving votes. But will see! Last I heard, more people are now registered unaffiliated. So she might be taking a big risk. We’ll see!

    • Thank you for affirming what I’ve noticed. We have more Romney signs around here than Obama (3:1) and in a highly liberal district. It’s odd being a native conservative and witnessing this.

      I know everybody likes to moan about CA failing, but I think we’re closer to red the more we move in that direction. Moonbeam and Obama votes were the last hurrah.

  • WinMissouri

    It is her job, she owns it, she knows what she is doing so don’t bother her with pesky opponents.

    Easy to say Californians get what they deserve, but she is a US Senator and that impacts all 50 states. We all deserve better than these lifetime politicians who take the voters for granted.

    • pdxlady

      Amen! 100 Likes!!! 😀

    • PhillyCon

      Look at the Cornhusker kickback and the LA purchase for evidence of this.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Blah…..blah……blah…….blah. Just another reason for term limits. Feinstein has been in the Senate too long. Time for her to leave and make room for some fresh ideas.

    • pdxlady

      And some new hairstyles.

  • Anybody else think she looks like that alien from MIB 1, who ate it’s victims, and then wore their poor fitting skins as a disguise?

    • 1217Chic

      Mark Levin is right……Diane Frakenfeinstein….What a mess!!!!!

  • joyfulgiver

    How about starting with the fact that it’s your responsibility to let your constituients know exactly what you stand for, people change. Considering the fact that you haven’t had a real opponent in the past, it’s time you start defending your record. What are you worried about? To be a state senator is a privilege, not a right. And with that privilege comes responsibility. That includes debating the competition.

    Elizabeth Emken is a VERY competent opponent. I believe that is the reason she doesn’t want to debate her. From what I have seen, Elizabeth would wipe her out. Polls have know to be wrong, it’s my hope, as a native Californian, that Elizabeth will be the come behind winner of this Senate race.

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      Senator Feinstein did have a real opponent the last time an election came around for her, but the honorable Dick Mountjoy, an experienced statesman and strong conservative:
      did not have the funding for the proper exposure in the race and also, as a native of California myself (Tennessee transplant), let’s face it, democrats have outnumbered us time after time in state wide elections.

      I do hope that the terrible way California is going will help motivate conservatives to be sure and vote against Feinstein (I know family members who plan to) and that the high unemployment will make a lot of those democrats who typically outnumber conservatives in votes decide to stay home or even vote against the incumbant, Feinstein.

  • sjmom

    Lots of things to do, but not time to stand in front of Calif. voters and debate her opponent. Just like Obama who won’t talk to international leaders. Cowards, both of them.

  • We have a word for people like this…. oh, I remember! Coward!

  • She won’t lose, California is stupid.

    • conservative58

      Guess that explains why Pelosi keeps getting re-elected.

      • MaxineCA

        Thank you from all of us conservatives that fight the uphill battle EVERY election! We sure keep trying, but unfortunately those that can afford to move (their businesses and families) are getting the hell out of Dodge so I fear our numbers are decreasing each year.

        It is so sad what they have done to our once thriving, beautiful state. I remember when the housing bubble was at it peak and couldn’t believe how many believed the BS of their market value, took out huge HELOC’s and are now whining that they are underwater. Boo freaking hoo. I don’t want the rest of the country to bail out stupid people, especially in CA.

        Unfortunately, many of the rich libturds sold at the high and moved to Oregon and Washington and have since ruined those states as well. Now they know what we fight against day in and day out, but just can’t win the battle. But we will continue the fight.

        And don’t even get me started on how the unions have bankrupted cities, counties and the state, while the politicians raked in the money. IL and CA are the same when it comes to politics and corruption.

      • Probably not out-gunned, though.

        Ooops! Did I just type what I was thinking?

      • Galatiansch2vs20

        Pelosi represents an area where conservatives are extremely outnumbered.

    • freenca

      No, the Reps are falling down here. California bay area and LA land are so dominant that they won’t spend the money to get their candidate known! As of last week someone I know that speaks with Di-Fi on a regular basis asked me if I knew who was running against her and I answered correctly. He was astounded, as I am the first person to even know the name of her opponent. C’mon RNC, do you care? Get Sue Emken’s NAME out there!!!!! Many Californians would be soooo happy to know that the tea party candidate is in the mix and available
      to vote FOR !!!!! RNC, WHERE ARE YOU!!!?

      • joyfulgiver

        Her name is Elizabeth Emken –

        Watch the clip on this site of Dianne “I’m running my own campaign” Feinstein actually leaving an interview with Mark Matthews during the democratic convention. Watch till the end and witness her very condenscending actions toward him.

        Also, check out her FB page for her comments on this latest video. You’ll get a kick out of her banner at the top, empty chair and patronizing pat. Now, let’s get her some name recognition.

        • tshtsh

          Isn’t this the woman who had the nerve to tell a general she “earned” her title. I don’t know finding people stupid enough to vote for you isn’t earning.

          • No, that was Barbara Boxer. Same difference. They’re both arrogant, drunk on power.

            • tshtsh

              Thank you V.L.

            • NYGino

              They ARE twins, aren’t they! Can you imagine the scene if these two ever showed up at the same affair wearing the same dresses, etc.? I know this sounds catty and demeans women but in the case of these two it seems fitting.

              • freenca

                Meow, Meow !

              • You mean like emperor’s new clothes? 🙂

        • freenca

          That is the same woman I personally overheard saying that “These little people out here think we care about them” so many years ago.
          About 30 years ago, that really turned me off of her!

      • Many Californians would be happy? Emken raised some $190K (which would translate for example to some 1,900 people giving $100). Where are the happy Californians supporting her?

    • joyfulgiver

      As a Californian, I take offense to that comment! We are not ALL stupid. It’s true, those in power in this state have lost a few brain cells over the years. But, it’s the “machine” that keeps us from getting real leaders in this state. In 2010 we had an amazing candidate to go up against Barbara Boxer but the establishment chose Carly Fiorina over Chuck DeVore. I guess they didn’t really want to win the seat.

      All that said, it’s time for this woman to retire or be retired. She’s 79 years old. She ain’t no spring chicken anymore and she certainly is too tied into the Washington Machine to be of any benefit to us in California. Plus her staff in Washington, DC are really rude. They all need to go.

      • SPELL9

        Prove it. Get out and campaign for Sue Emkin.

      • Galatiansch2vs20

        Add to that Feinstein is for abortion, is a proponent of the oxymoron of homosexual marriage, is an ardent liberal, and votes wrong nearly all the time. Boxer is even worse than Feinstein. I wish when I lived in California they could have been trounced in their elections, but sadly, democrat voters outnumbered conservative voters such as myself.

      • James1754

        And you folks keep inflicting her on the rest of us. At 79 she might not make it to the next election, then your never ending love affair with Jerry Brown will get us another left wing loon.

        • Galatiansch2vs20

          Please don’t lump the voting conservatives in California in with “you folks”. As a native of California who left the state a few years ago, from the moment I was able to start voting against Feinstein, I did. Thankfully, I left before Jerry Brown got voted in. It’s really, really a sad thing to have those kind of politicians inflicted on conservative Californians.

          • James1754

            It is really a sad thing to have these people inflicted upon anyone. But they just keep coming back. How many times does this make it for Jerry Brown to ruin the California economy?

            • Galatiansch2vs20

              He should have stayed out- I guess some are too young/new to know he was a disaster before there, since it was a long time ago. I didn’t vote for Benedict Arnold either.

  • Landscaper

    I like the part “I’ve done this job a while” Meaning, I want to keep this cushy job and not risk losing it now. Coward.

  • WordsFailMe

    Good- The Republican can use the event to show that you are afraid or indifferent and can conduct a News Breifing

  • M_J_S

    Congressional Term Limits as Levin would say: Yellow, yellow, YEEEEEELOW!

  • PhillyCon

    Translation: I own this job, and my opponent should know better than to run against me.

    • … and many Californians agree with her, sadly.

  • Coward.

  • A_Truism

    Politicians better realize who it is that employ them and act accordingly.

    • No, the voters should realize that!

      • A_Truism

        You’re right too, V.L. I’m doing my best to discuss politics with my family without coming off arrogant (which isn’t hard to do when I become frustrated). But thanks to sites like The Right Scoop, a lot of us are being reminded that, oh yeah, we’re in charge.

  • hbnolikeee

    Emken needs to live on this. Spend lots on spamming the media with this. Either not so fiend steen will fold or lose for hiding and not having any balls.

  • NYGino

    Arrogance, thy name is Feinstein.

  • I can’t beileve she’s my Senator.

    • PVG

      Ditto! And the other one is even worse.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    wish the people in her district had a IQ above 50 ,so they quit voting this useless bag in .

    • James1754

      She is a senator, she does not have a district. The whole state of California get to vote for her.

      • Galatiansch2vs20

        All registered voters in California get the opportunity to vote against her too- but sadly, too many liberals keep voting for her, outnumbering those who faithfully vote against her. I hope this year will be different!

        • James1754

          As do we all. I think this refusal to debate may hurt her, at lest with the voters who think, which is not a whole lot of people.

      • anyonebutbarry2012

        that is right, my bad, not all in california are bad voters, but the one;s who vote for her are. jmo

  • Sober_Thinking

    I wouldn’t miss her.

  • drphibes

    Slow news night, eh?

  • JoJo58

    Lol she sees the point of not debating…it would cost her the election. It SHOULD cost her anyway since she is one of the senators voting to keep water from farmers in California to protect a bait fish. Better to add farmers to the bread lines and unemployment offices.

    • NYGino

      Yeah, but you got your bait fish to trek on down to whatever body of water and try and catch your dinner or, better yet, filet them and pretend you’re eating sushi.

      • freenca

        I’ve lived in the Valley all of my life and I wouldn’t eat any fish from the delta. You could end up with three eyes. Bait or not, I’m not eating Sacto sewage.

  • Boris_Badenoff

    Translate that : This is her freakin seat…

    • Her seat, my ass !

      • Ha! Maybe that should be Emken’s slogan! It’s memorable, meaningful, simple!

      • PVG

        Isn’t that what was said about Ted Kennedy’s seat? HA! CONTRIBUTE TO EMKEN!

  • RocklinConservative


  • Dianne, my Senator from my state… (sigh)

    Here’s a memory:

    “Invading Iraq would be no different than invading Portugal ! ”

    I am thinking at the time, “Well, Portugal is a NATO ally, a stable European democracy… and Iraq has been under the thumb of a megalomaniacal, narcissistic, murderous dictator directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own countrymen and in neighboring states… you go, girl…”

  • jgilman1

    Must be a new obamacare thing, looks like in California they embalm you before you die.

  • patriotbens

    In other words, Voters be damned, I’ll do what I think is best for my re-election!

  • That’s her decision, and of course technically, Diane Feinstein doesn’t have to debate her political GOP opponent.

    But in not doing so, she has effectively declared herself taking the 5th on her US Senate candidacy position against her opponent, Elizabeth Emken. And of course it’s up to the Calif Voters to decide if they will hold that against her, just as if a defendant in a criminal court case who does not take the stand in their own defense, which a jury of his or her peers would decide that person’s fate..

    Of course we’re talking about Calif voters, the same ones who still voted for Barbra Boxer, regardless, and in spite of all her corrupt crony actions. What else is new in the liberal land of fruits and nuts..

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      I do hope they are disgusted enough with the economy right now that the liberals in the state stay home or are in an anti-incumbant mood when it comes to democrats this year.

      Interestingly, U.S. Senator Phil Roe, a conservative here in TN will not debate his opponent, though the opponent is calling it to the attention of voters. Phil feels he is working hard in the state and unless his opponent proves by hard work in the state his opponent is worthy of a debate, he’s not going to do it.

  • justinquiring

    In a tv interview she repeated this, then struggled to get out of chair and slowly walked away after patting the shoulder of the interviewer. It was so perfect. Difi is ancient and appears to need a walker. But she and hubby have taken advantage of insider trading from legislative information and made millions. This corrupt old lady is elitist and self serving. Living in CA is hell and leaving is priority. Vote for Elizabeth Emken!

  • poljunkie

    A little story about Diane Feinstein. My opinion of her was shaped ma years ago. As many of you know I grew up in the City.
    My dad owned a 5 and 10. He worked day and night for 50 +years running the dime (and toy) store. The store was located in the “Sunset” district and became a landmark. Often times, even today 25 years later after the doors are closed if I happen to be talking about San Francisco, someone will recall the store and offer up belated apologizes for swiping a toy when they were 8 or 9. I loved that store and spent countless time there.
    Anyway getting back to then Mayor Feinstein. Her assistant was a regular shopper of our store. By the time my dad was getting ready to retire he had begun keeping a rack of ladies dresses in the window. Once in awhile we also had “samples which were a hot seller”. So it was the perfect place for a Mayors Assistant to shop for discount clothes, and 5 and 10 stuff. When she heard my dad was getting ready to retire she suggested that Mayor Feinstein come to the store and Proclaim it my “dads name” day, and honor him for so many years of hard work. He had worked since he was just a young child and was essentially self-made. The assistant said they would make a parchment proclamation and present it to my dad for all the customers to see. The was a local News Paper reporter who was known as the voice of San Francisco, Herb Caen, that she said she would stop by and arrange to write a short blurb about the presentation. In the weeks leading up to the “big day” the assistant checked in with us, and confirmed. My mom was more attracted in the idea but my dad went along with it. He really wasn’t a fanfare type of guy- but secretly I think he relished the thought of being recognized by the Mayor. So the day arrives, and a few of us gather- really just the employees and family and whatever customers that happen to be in the store at the time. Time ticks by, and about 30 min late, the assistant walks in with the framed Proclamation. She says, oh the Mayor sends her regards. But at the last minute she was invited to lunch.
    We were all speechless.

    • kong1967

      Pardon my french, but what a bitch!! Sounds a lot like Obama.

      “Sorry, Netanyahu, but I can’t meet to discuss how to stop you from being wiped off the face of the earth. I got invited to lunch with Tom Cruise”.

      • poljunkie

        My sentiments exactly.

    • NYGino

      Your love for your father comes through in this very well written, warm story.

      • poljunkie

        NYGino- I miss him.

        • NYGino

          We know.

    • PhillyCon

      What a great story … see, the handwriting was on the wall about “DiFi.” If she can’t hold her word or commitment as a mayor, what do you think she will do with much more power as a Senator?

      As for your dad getting the credit he deserves … his rewards are in heaven and not on this earth.

      • poljunkie

        My dad totally blew it off, and went right back to work.
        Thanks for the nice thoughts— it really makes his passing (a year ago) easier.

        • PVG

          Thanks for sharing pj, we were blessed. Hope there are toy stores in heaven!

          • poljunkie

            He did love the Annual Duncan Yo Yo contest!!!

      • Galatiansch2vs20

        She’s done a lot of bad things in her many years as United States Senator.

  • James1754

    Allow me to translate:
    I am a liberal democrat from San Francisco running in the very liberal democrat state of California and I do not see any reason to give my opponent the chance to show these idiots who vote a straight party line what a waste of their vote voting for me is.

  • kong1967

    That should tell her voters something about her. She’s not confident that her views will win people over, so she won’t risk sharing her views with anyone. She doesn’t care about letting the people decide if they agree with her or not, and she’s going to pull one over on them.

  • C_Langston

    I too grew up in Ca. Love the state hate the politics. I finally pulled out a couple of years ago and took my business with me. I miss my Sierras and Pacific Ocean but the idiots who run the show keep making things worse. Fienstien has been in the Senate so long she feels that elections are a waste of her time, ya arrogant. She forgets that she serves at the will of the people. But the people in the power centers (LA&SF) are easily lead, like sheep to slaughter

    • poljunkie

      We left in the 90’s, and havent looked back. I sure do miss the Ocean. And the Fog. And the Bread. And the view of the Golden Gate Bridge after a long trip.

      Oh and Lake Tahoe isnt too shabby either (on the Nevada side)

    • PVG

      Another CA native here! Still here, hiding in the Sierra foothills. We are gonna ride it out until this state goes bankrupt, the unions and brown are booted out, and sanity takes this state back.

  • Bryan Ewbank

    Isn’t she doing what anyone in her position (i.e., winning, at the moment) would do (not participating)? I certainly wouldn’t volunteer for a debate – rife with opportunities to select the wrong words – in this era of opposition-selected sound bites affecting outcome.

    Perhaps if the debate hosts would hold the debate w/o her, and use previous public quotes from her, that would be a lever to move her for fear that she would lose the debate in abstentia

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      U.S. Senator Phil Roe, a conservative here in TN will not debate his opponent, though the opponent is calling it to the attention of voters. Phil feels he is working hard in the state and unless his opponent proves by hard work in the state his opponent is worthy of a debate, he’s not going to do it.

  • BiscuitCrumbs

    “I’ve got a lot of things to do.” Just like her Sith Warrior who doesn’t have time to meet with world leaders but takes time for the View. Just so damn busy, you know?

  • ladyjk

    I’m a Californian and I say you owe it to us to debate. You have lived off of us for how many years. Used us for your special perks, special deals for you and your husbands business gains from your sitting on committees, and been responsible for heaps of debt piled upon us. You need to debate and prove you deserve to be in the Senate. Show us why we deserve to be saddled with Obamacare and all the rest of the expensive restrictive laws you have dumped upon us.

  • 1tootall

    Who knew?! I’m guessing it won’t be long before Feinstein and her ilk will not see the need to run for office!! Why spend the money? Why waste time when there is SO much of the people’s work to do? Let’s just “deem” it to be done? This sounds crazy now, but let’s see how it sounds a few years from now. May God have mercy on us.

  • She’s afraid she will lose if debated by her opponent! So if Obama can force her into submission on that earlier comment among or so ago, what else will she submit to ? She needs to be replaced!!!