The New York Times has now made its take on the Dianne Feinstein-In-Decline story

It took two weeks and change, but the New York Times has now turned around and made its own version of the story that the San Francisco Chronicle did, saying essentially the same things, about Senator Dianne Feinstein becoming picky and forgetful but unwilling to retire.

Turning 88 next month, and with a few years of pretty cringe-worthy TV moments, it’s an open secret that Dianne Feinstein isn’t as sharp as she used to be. So the chronicle mid april piece was hardly a bomb that the Times needed to report again immediately. Instead, they’ve been slow to get a few more quotes from lawmakers and Feinstein’s daughter-in-law, but there’s no new reporting here other than to say no, Feinstein probably won’t voluntarily take his retirement, even after the embarrassment of the Chronicle article and subsequent news. cover. And she apparently flies back and forth between California and Washington with her longtime housekeeper by her side.

the Times article published on Monday uses its own “half a dozen lawmakers and aides who spoke about the situation on condition of anonymity,” even though the Chronicle article came from the same source. And they all confirm that Feinstein isn’t talking about stepping down, but “Some of them said they didn’t expect her to serve her term ending in 2024 under the circumstances.”

Schumer was a little more vague and pointed, telling a group of reporters after the Chronicle article “I’ve had quite a few discussions with Senator Feinstein, but I’m keeping them to myself.”

One kind of pertinent angle the Times brings up is that the Democratic establishment saw Feinstein’s decision to run again in 2018 as “a favor” to the party, avoiding an open seat race in California so donors could focus their energy elsewhere in the country. And that could be a big reason why no one wants to appear ungrateful by pushing to retire with two years left in their term.

Annette Blum, Feinstein’s daughter-in-law, told The Times: “We have the greatest respect for her life in public service and her career. The decision is ultimately his. We will all be there to support her in all the decisions she makes. The whole family feels that way.”

And the Times notes that Feinstein’s late husband, Richard Blum, who died in February, was telling people as recently as last year that his wife would likely ‘run again’ in 2024, because ‘what the hell’ is she going to do anything else?”

Another lawmaker said that while she might need help remembering the details, Sen. Feinstein is “still deciding” in her office.

Feinstein herself released a statement very similar to the one she had previously given to CNN and other outlets, “”It’s true that the last year has been difficult taking care of my husband dying and mourning his passing, but I remained committed to getting results and would compare my record to anyone else’s… If the question is whether I’m an effective senator for 40 million Californians, the balance sheet shows that I am.”

So she probably won’t retire, at least unless something else very embarrassing happens this year.

Related: Dianne Feinstein fights back as Chronicle editorial board calls on fellow Democrats to retire her

Top image: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown at the U.S. Supreme Court building. Hart Senate office on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, chosen by President Joe Biden to replace outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer on the United States Supreme Court, will begin four days of nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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