This appears to be the case with California Senator Dianne Feinstein, 89, who has not shown up to the Senate chamber since February.
Feinstein is not alone in her absence this year—Senator John Fetterman, another Democrat, returned to the Senate on Monday following six weeks of treatment for depression.
But hers is particularly pressing as a member of the slim Democratic majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
American women's right to make a decision about their own body is now in limbo, batted about by various judges across the land.
Feinstein is absolutely a trailblazing figure who has made her mark in American history, particularly on behalf of American women.
But it is not sexist, as Pelosi implies, to say that an 89-year-old who can't show up to work should consider retirement.
At some point, you've got to pass the baton, preferably before you fall down on the track. »