- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Not that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was issuing a formal endorsement, but she did say that if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did decide to seek the presidency, and she won, it would mean America would have a top foreign policy expert in the White House.

She made the remarks in context of discussing on “State of the Union” on Sunday morning with Candy Crowley the recently reported Karl Rove comments about Mrs. Clinton’s health. She called Mr. Rove’s questioning of Mrs. Clinton’s cognitive abilities a “pathetic” attempt to sway voters against the most talked about Democratic Party candidate for 2016.

When Ms. Crowley pressed if Mr. Rove’s underlying question about the state of Mrs. Clinton’s health was justified, Ms. Feinstein said, Mediaite reported: “That she has sustained brain damage? That’s legitimate? … In my view, she’s in the prime of her political life. She has all the elements of a good leader, plus the fact — and this is not to be underestimated — she is enormously attractive to people. She carries the torch for women, who are the majority of votes in this country, very strongly and holds it very high. I think people respond to her.”

Ms. Feinstein then referenced Mrs. Clinton’s upcoming book, by way of pointing to her foreign policy background.

“I think the book will likely carry a good bit of her thinking on various big issues, certainly foreign policy, certainly the Secretary of State, and we would have someone in the White House who would have a real background in foreign policy,” Ms. Feinstein said, Mediaite reported.

“I think that’s critical at this point in the world with Russia expanding, with Africa becoming real problems from a terror point of view, and on and on and on,” she added.