Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California announced that she will seek reelection in 2018, silencing speculation that she meant to retire after holding the office for more than 25 years.
Moulitsas was not the only left-leaning journalist to castigate Feinstein on Twitter shortly after she announced her 2018 Senate bid. She joined the Senate in 1992 after winning a special election. "I'm all in!" the tweet said, a statement Feinstein's spokesperson confirmed as accurate.
California Democrats until recently appeared on a almost endless wait to rise in political circles - with Feinstein and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer as the state's long-standing US senators and fellow party member Jerry Brown serving four straight terms as governor.
As the Associated Press notes, Feinstein is now the oldest US Senator, at age 84, and she will be turning 85 in June, but she shows no signs of wanting to slow down or kick back and retire.
The veteran Democrat had dodged questions about whether she would seek a fifth term, leaving her party in the nation's most populous state in limbo about whether to start grooming a possible replacement.
"From my perspective, I think Feinstein probably wins". Feinstein, for one, has been targeted by the Golden State's far-left members who have attacked her for not being liberal enough. "Let's beat the most pro-Trump Blue-state Dem in the country!" The progressive group CREDO recently confronted Feinstein in her office to urge her to block Trump's judicial nominees.
"What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assault weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report", Harris said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, meanwhile, plans to host a fundraiser for Feinstein's re-election campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. "She's an institution, and has a formidable political operation that's been around forever", the strategist told me.