Senator Dianne Feinstein for a quarter century has built her career as an effective liberal legislator who is also the author of a federal assault weapons ban and a warrior for civil & gay rights who joined hands with the Republicans on energy and health care bills. But to a generation of Democrats of California who are extremely ambitious with the intent of challenging the US president Donald Trump at each and every turn. Dianne's record is no longer a sufficiently liberal one. Tempore Kevin de León who is the State Senate President Pro has already said that he will run against her and Tom Steye who is a wealthy environmentalist and is considering his own bid. The challenges put forward by Dianne Feinstein offer a hint at the first wave of a coming generational change in the politics of California, as members of the older generation who is led by 84 year old Feinstein, 77 year old House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and 79 year old Governor Jerry Brown are very close to the end of their careers.
The generation that will be eying the top jobs of the state is creating itself as decidedly more aggressive, if not notably more liberal. Those who are in the hope of moving up are appealing to a Democratic base that is as energized by the anti Trump resistance similar to the Tea Party voters who were opposite to the former President of the United States Barack Obama. John Pitney, who is a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College and a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee is of the viewpoint that the previous generation of Democratic leaders was liberal but practical. He also said that the next generation is under tremendous pressure to be more inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true. The Democratic leaders consistently avoided any accommodation with the Republicans.
About a decade ago, Tea Party voters ignited a discord within Republican ranks, both as establishment contenders and faced conservative rivals and longtime incumbents were deemed not sufficiently ideological. The time has come now to give Democrats their turn. Dan Newman, who is a Democratic strategist based in San Francisco said that it is very true that Democrats are more charged up as compared that they used to be but all of that is almost completely related to Donald Trump.