by Donna on April 15, 2022 9:15 am
Of course I'm in no position to diagnose Sen. Feinstein. But this is not a new issue. I've been hearing reports on this for quite a while, and what I said about her is based on those reports. From the report I posted:
There are new claims that the oldest sitting member of the US Senate isn't mentally fit for her demanding job.
One unnamed member of Congress said Sen. Dianne Feinstein's mental acuity raised such concern for them that they considered staging "some kind of intervention" to get the 88-year-old California Democrat to retire, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.
Four US senators, three of them Democrats, told the Chronicle they'd seen Feinstein's memory "rapidly deteriorating" to the point where they worried it interfered with her ability to do her job without significant help from her staff. Three former Feinstein staffers and a Democratic California House member also spoke with the Chronicle on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic, according to the report...
The lawmaker who considered staging an intervention said they thought about doing so because they had to reintroduce themself to Feinstein multiple times during a single conversation that lasted several hours. Two of the senators who spoke with the Chronicle said Feinstein had trouble recalling their names in front of them, leaving them with a sense that she knew who they are but couldn't remember their names.
"I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn't resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone," the lawmaker who considered the intervention said. "She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that's why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that."
The lawmaker added: "We've got an 'Emperor's New Clothes' problem here."
I don't think those reports should be blown off.
by oldedude on April 15, 2022 10:43 pm
I'm in agreement with Donna here. "Of course I'm in no position to diagnose Sen. Feinstein. But this is not a new issue. I've been hearing reports on this for quite a while, and what I said about her is based on those reports."
Now, those of us who have dealt with dementia and alzheimers have been through the wringer with many of the things that happen. We've also gone through the steps and layering of the disease, so there are tells.
The last thing is that most of us see these folks as snapshots. Is that completely accurate? Probably not, AND... there are things that our loved ones did that we see on clips.
That doesn't mean it's an accurate diagnosis (since you actually have to take the brain apart to do that). But it does "indicate" some things. I don't pay attention to Feinstein. I do pay attention to creepy joe, and THAT is scary.
by HatetheSwamp on April 16, 2022 4:03 am
I suspect that Curt's bizarre comments about dementia related issues suggest that he's suppressing feelings of guilt about voting for the Doddering Old Fool.
by oldedude on April 17, 2022 9:41 pm
Actually, I'm suspecting he's withing keys to his own future