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The timing couldn't be more symbolic.  I just received this email in response to an email I sent last week to Dianne Feinstein.  I sent the same correspondence to Barbara Boxer.  Today, I see Boxer courageously leading in the joint session.  And then, this outdated, out-of-touch response.  Although I am a long-time resident of San Francisco, I've never been especially fond of Feinstein, particularly this past year when she took the "too much too soon" stance regarding gay marriage, which merely echoed her stances back when she was mayor.

Here is the text of her response

Thank you for writing to me about voter confidence in elections.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    A number of bills, which address the issue of voter confidence, have been introduced in the 108th Congress.  Some bills, such as H.R. 2239 and S. 1980, would require voting machines to produce a permanent paper record so that voters can check the accuracy of their votes and officials can conduct a manual audit or recount should either one be necessary.  I am currently reviewing a number of legislative options that have been proposed to ensure an accurate and reliable voting system.  As it became clear in recent elections, inadequate voting mechanisms can be detrimental to the integrity of our electoral process.  

       To address voting concerns, such as voter ballot verification and others, I supported the AHelp America Vote Act", which became law December 29, 2002.  Among other reforms, the AHelp America Vote Act@ created a new federal Elections Assistance Commission to ensure that all voting technologies are tested for accuracy and to provide procedures for decertification of a technology that is subsequently found to be inadequate.  
The Commission is also responsible for distributing federal grants to state electorates for improvement of their electoral processes.  States still maintain control over election administration, but the law introduces a degree of federal oversight and assistance.  

    Again, thank you for writing.  I hope you will continue to keep me informed on issues of importance to you.  Should you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to call my Washington, D.C. staff at (202) 224-3841.

            Sincerely yours,

            Dianne Feinstein
            United States Senator

I know it's just a form and sloppy of her staff to allow this to go out, but I still find the contrast extremely telling.

Originally posted to Are you paying attention? on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 02:27 PM PST.

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  •  Actually (none)

    Feinstein has been better on electoral reform than on most issues.  She has introduced a constitutional ammendement to abolish the Electoral College.

       And while Boxer is much better overall than DiFi, she was no better on gay marriage.

     I did vote for Boxer both times while I wrote in Susan Faludi in 94 and for Medea Benjamin (I also put her campaign book onlline), the green candidate in 2000.  I might even have voted for Tom Cambell, a Republican who was  more liberal on many issues than DiF, if Medea hadn't run.

    •  "better on electoral reform (none)
      than most issues" isn't saying much, and a constitutional amendment on the electoral college is not the same as protecting the right to vote.  I don't disagree with it, but it's not protecting the right to vote, as it does nothing about partisan electoral officials or systematic voter suppression, etc.

      And I would respectfully submit that Boxer never told us not to ask for too much, too soon.  There are few heroes in the two major parties on gay issues, but at least Boxer is not hurtful.

      •  incorporate voting right (none)

         We could push her to include a right to vote though it may be better to do another ammendment for that.

        This is from the Washington Post:

        California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), an advocate of gay rights, also does not support San Francisco's effort. "The mayor has decided to test state law," she said in a statement. "My opinion is that state law is fair and appropriate because it gives equal rights to all citizens."

          I think she was mum for a bit and then said things like that.

         Though her statement on the marriage ammendment wasnt too bad

  •  Fuck Feinstein (none)
    Feinstein is on Josh Marchall's list of Democrtas swaying in thw wind and supporting the destruction of Social Security and the implementation of personal-risk accounts. I just had my cousin in CA send her a scathing e-mail. I can't wait for the response.

    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein. THINK fast - talk SLOW

    by GregNYC on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 02:35:21 PM PST

    •  Feinstein's Always Been a DINO (none)
      I remember as a youth in SF going around one night with a group of friends drawing Snidely Whiplash moustaches on Dianne's billboards when she was running for mayor.  Right after the Milk/Moscone assassinations.  She was the soul of establishment politics in the most liberal big city in the country, even then.

      Dating myself here.....

      Don't ask a question unless you want to hear the answer.

      by Dallasdoc on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 03:25:25 PM PST

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  •  Feinstein was absent today (none)

    Larry Bensky said her office was telling people that she was sick with the flu.


  •  Frakenfeinstein strikes again. (none)

    As a California resident, I should be used to being let down by Feinstein by now. But somehow I can't help but be shocked when someone with a seat as safe as hers still can't be bothered to stick her neck out for what's right.

    For shame.

  •  Argh (none)
    I was feeling vaguely dissatisfied that she didn't stand with Boxer to contest Ohio's results.

    Now I'm fscking pissed.  When is she up for reelection?


    "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country
    is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."
    Theodore Roosevelt, 4 July 1903

    by AlphaGeek on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 05:17:08 PM PST

  •  I Love Barbara Boxer!! (none)
    I want to profess my Love, Support and Loyalty to the REAL LEADER OF THE REAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!

    God Bless, Barbara.  It is a shame that all those SPINELESS Male Senators did not stand up today. We had to be LED BY A WOMAN! My Mom stated tonight, "that she couldn't have been any prouder that a Woman stood up today for DEMOCRACY". Me too.

    I will always respect the strength and conviction she showed in standing with the Congressional Black Caucus today!!  Marry me, Barbara!!

    Dems can learn from her today!

    "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

    by alnc on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 07:22:25 PM PST

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