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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is getting ready to enter her fifth full term in the Senate, and as one of the Democratic Party’s most visible figures, her 2020 endorsement is going to carry a fair bit of sway. On Thursday, Feinstein made her preferred choice to run against Donald Trump in 2020 known to a couple of reporters.

You might be surprised to learn that instead of Sen. Kamala Harris, Feinstein’s California colleague, her ideal 2020 nominee is...Joe Biden.

From Politico (emphasis mine):

The Democratic senator, fresh off reelection to a fifth term, told a pair of reporters on Thursday morning that the former vice president and Delaware senator is the ideal choice to run against President Donald Trump. This despite the fact that more than a half-dozen Senate Democrats, including Harris, are considering running for president in 2020.

“Joe was chairman of the Judiciary [Committee] when [I] came to this place, I’ve watched him as vice president, I’ve seen him operate, I’ve seen him perform,” Feinstein said. “He brings a level of experience and seniority which I think is really important.”

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So Feinstein’s reasons for backing Biden are:

1. She’s seen him in action as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a role which included his clear fuck-up in the handling of Anita Hill’s allegations against Clarence Thomas, and thought this proved he’d be a good president.

2. He’s been doing politics for 400 years.

Feinstein added: “That’s just my view.” Very cool, Dianne. Thank you. Please retire immediately.