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Tucker Carlson Gives Kirsten Gillibrand an Appropriate Send-Off After She Dropped Out of the 2020 Race

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary race and all of her fan is devastated.

Don’t worry, though, because Tucker Carlson isn’t going to let her go without an appropriate send-off. On Wednesday night, during his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Carlson let Gillibrand have it with both barrels.

Calling her a “pampered hypocrite with no scruples,” Carlson reminded everyone about how Gillibrand was friends with people society now considers villains, such as Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein, until they weren’t useful anymore, and lurched hard to the left after having moderate stances in the name of obtaining power.

Carlson also covered how Gillibrand is “happy to lecture you about your failings and your privilege.”

Carlson then played a supercut of Gillibrands greatest (worst) moments, including telling a mother at a town hall that her son has white privilege, and no matter how bad her son has it, a black person’s life will always be worse.

“Self-righteous, dumb, yeah that’s par for the course here in Washington, but the last clip shows where Gillibrand stands apart,” said Carlson. “That was Gillibrand, the United States senator, lecturing a mother in Youngstown, Ohio … She was saying that no matter how much Washington abandons her and her entire region to unemployment and drug addiction and suicide and diabetes, actually that woman should be ashamed of her white privilege. That’s Kirsten Gillibrand in one clip. Really, the worst candidate ever. Good riddance, Kirsten Gillibrand.”

Carlson even had a guest on to talk about Gillibrand’s exist, and laid it on Gillibrand even more.

“I sympathize with candidates when they get out,” Carlson said. “But with Kirsten Gillibrand it can’t come a moment too soon. I can’t think of someone more false, nastier, crueler, more self-centered, dumber, can you?”

Carlson isn’t altogether wrong. Gillibrand’s entire presence in the 2020 field has been a mistake since the beginning. Her time on the debate stage is marked with moments where she was obliterated by her fellow Democrats in between completely forgettable moments. In fact, I can’t recall one specific policy position she took in the hours of Democratic debates we’ve already been subjected to.

The most notable moment was when former VP Joe Biden raked her over the coals after she attempted to attack him on his record with women. A record she once praised until it became convenient to attack him.

By the end of it all, even Gillibrand’s own former staffers and donors were suggesting she drop out, calling her presence in the 2020 field “obnoxious.”

(READ: Kirsten Gillibrand’s Own Friends And Ex-Staffers Turn Their Backs On Her, Call Her “Obnoxious”)

And she was indeed obnoxious. Gillibrand’s attempts at seeming down to Earth and “like folks” always came off forced and far from genuine, just like Clinton in 2016.

If I was a Democrat, I’d be only too happy to see her gone from the Primary. She was an embarrassment.

 

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Trump Wastes No Time in Trolling Democrats After Kirsten Gillibrand Drops out of Presidential Race

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Just days after reports that former staffers were urging Kirsten Gillibrand to end her presidential campaign, the Senator officially dropped out of the race earlier today via a video posted to Twitter:

Her announcement came just over four hours after a tweet asking for enough donations to keep her in the running to qualify for the next round of Democratic presidential debates, which are scheduled for next month.

Evidently she didn’t make the cut.

Gillibrand told the New York Times she did plan on endorsing another candidate during the primary, but wouldn’t say who:

Gillibrand said in an exclusive interview with The New York Times that she plans to endorse another candidate in the primary but has yet to pick which one. She stopped short of saying she would pick another woman in the race.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” she said. “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

President Trump wasted no time trolling the Democratic party and fellow New Yorker Gillibrand over the announcement not even an hour after she made it official:

In spite of her hard left turn on the Democratic party’s signature issues like abortion on demand, the most memorable moments from Gillibrand’s presidential campaign were those that painted her in a less than flattering light.

Frontrunner Joe Biden made Gillibrand look very small at the last Democratic debate when she tried to use a decades-old article written by him to suggest he didn’t want women to work outside of the home. Watch:

Then there was the woman who became Internet famous during a Gillibrand campaign stop in February after walking past the candidate, saying she just wanted to get some ranch dressing:

Gillibrand never broke out of the below-1% range in polling for the entirety of her candidacy, which she partially blamed on the stance she took in calling on Sen. Al Franken (D) to resign in the midst of a #MeToo scandal in December 2017.

Next up on the drop out list: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio?

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Finally: Bad candidate ends bad campaign

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As much as I dislike her, and I dislike her strongly as a careerist phony even by Washington standards, I don’t know that it’s fair to call her a bad candidate. She’s not bad on paper. Young, smart (fluent in Mandarin!), twice-elected from a populous blue state, seemingly progressive enough on policy for the Democratic Party in 2019 apart from her problematic coziness with Wall Street. She stood out among the field for her outspoken feminism, a potentially shrewd brand in a party that draws the support of most of America’s women. In theory she could have been top tier.

But in practice? Man, was she dreary. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more pointless campaign run by a major politician. In an all-male field, her focus on #MeToo and family issues might have distinguished her. But there’ll never again be an all-male Democratic field; she was just background noise to Warren and Harris. In the end I suspect the depth of her “performative and obnoxious” opportunism shone through: Gillibrand always seems to be trying too hard to please whatever constituency she’s pandering to at a given moment. She’s fine as a reliable Democratic vote in the Senate but no lefty with an ounce of sense is gambling on a pol as calculating and self-interested as her to be an ideological stalwart as president. If she was willing to knife conservatives to gain higher office in New York, she’d be willing to knife progressives to gain and retain the highest office of all.

Now she’s free to embrace her destiny of being successfully primaried by AOC in 2024.

Trump bid her adieu as only he can:

It’s not a total loss. She’s only 52. She can build on the national exposure she got with this campaign to run more formidably in 2024.

No, wait, what am I saying? She didn’t get any meaningful national exposure this year. She made two debates and was a non-entity in both, with her most memorable moment coming when Joe “What Day Is It?” Biden owned her for being so opportunistic in criticizing him on women’s issues. The only two Gillibrand storylines for months have been (1) boy, her polling really sucks, and (2) Democrats are holding this Al Franken thing against her, huh?

And as for 2024, what would have to happen between now and then to make this radicalizing party turn to a cynic like Gillibrand as its nominee? If she’s the answer, what’s the question?

It was her failure to make the third debate that led her to throw in the towel:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who presented herself in the presidential race as a champion of women and families, said Wednesday that she was withdrawing from the Democratic primary after failing to qualify for a third debate next month — a development she described as fatal to her candidacy.

Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but had not yet picked a favorite. Though she stopped short of saying she would endorse a woman, Ms. Gillibrand, who has made electing women to Congress a personal cause, said the next president had to be capable of uniting the country and suggested that a woman might be best suited for the job.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Ms. Gillibrand said, adding, “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

I’m morbidly curious to see who she endorses, precisely because she’s so calculating. Gillibrand’s first, second, and third tasks politically at all times are to advance Kirsten Gillibrand’s career. That logic argues for ultimately endorsing Biden, the likeliest nominee, if the race narrows to a “Biden vs. Warren” fight. But choosing a man — an old, white man, no less — over the would-be first woman president would be extremely off-brand, and would do her no favors with the progressive crowd that’s rightly suspicious of her loyalty to the cause. Endorsing Warren might do more for her career long-term.

Either way, Gillibrand will hold out on endorsing for as long as she can to make sure the ass she ends up kissing is likely to win.

Let’s remember her this way, getting embarrassed by Biden on national television.

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Even Gillibrand’s former staffers think she should drop out

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We don’t seem to have seen a lot of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2020 nomination coverage lately. That might be the cumulative result of her RCP polling average sitting at 0.6 right now and never really having gotten much above one. It could be the fact that she barely raised two million dollars in the second quarter. Or maybe it was the beer pong that didn’t involve any actual beer. Who knows?

The bottom line here is that this candidacy is seriously looking like a wounded animal searching for a dry place to go curl up and await the end. And some people have definitely noticed and are talking about it. According to the Daily Caller, these people include two of her former staffers and one personal friend. And they all seem to think it’s time to call the time of death and pull the plug.

At least two former staffers and one friend to New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand say it is time for the lawmaker to quit the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

One former aide even went so far as to describe the senator’s performance in the Democratic presidential debates as “performative and obnoxious,” according to the New York Post.

“I don’t know that anyone even wants to see her on the debate stage. Everyone I have talked to finds her performative and obnoxious,” said the ex-staffer who worked in Gillibrand’s Senate office.

Wow. Everyone finds her “performative and obnoxious?” That’s gonna leave a mark.

Also worth noting is that Gillibrand has thus far still not met the threshold of 130,000 individual donors needed to bet on the debate stage next month. Word on the street is that you can now get a $30 campaign t-shirt for one dollar if you are a first time donor. Assuming, you know… if that’s the sort of thing you might buy.

So what happened? These people talking about her obnoxious nature on stage are supposedly her friends and former colleagues, but I don’t think they’re hitting the mark here. Plenty of obnoxious people have gone a long way in politics, even if you agree that describes her personality. Also, some of them are talking about her campaign “collapsing.” The Gillibrand campaign can’t collapse because it never rose up from the dust in the first place.

No, I think what we observed in this little saga was something I pointed out when she first formed her exploratory committee. The Democratic base never had any reason to get fired up about Gillibrand because she couldn’t pass the purity test. It’s still only been a decade or so since the days when she was pro-gun, anti-immigration congresswoman and enough of a blue dog to earn her the moniker of being “a weird version of Sarah Palin.”

Sure, she says all of her views magically changed overnight when she was appointed to Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat. Now she’s part of the clan, pushing the most liberal policies imaginable. But the Democrats have a huge batch of candidates to pick from who embraced those policies for their entire careers. Why trust the Johnny-Come-Lately lady from New York who might flip flop back in the other direction any day now?

Anyway, that’s just my two cents. In the end, the reason may not really matter. The fact is that this campaign never got off the ground and she’s not doing enough to justify continually asking supporters to keep betting more money on a horse that’s stuck at the back of the pack.

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WaPo: It’s not just Harris who’s hitting reverse on Medicare for All

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You’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but now Democrats appear to have developed a case of Bernie remorse. After rushing to out-socialist Bernie Sanders by unquestioningly embracing Medicare for All, the Washington Post reports that presidential candidates have begun singing a different tune. Kamala Harris might be carrying the melody, but she’s getting a lot of harmony from the rest of the choir:

The Democratic senator from California is hardly alone. The idea of Medicare-for-all — a unified government health program that would take over the basic function of private insurance — became a liberal litmus test at the outset of the presidential campaign, distinguishing Democratic contenders who cast themselves as bold visionaries from more moderate pragmatists.

But in recent months, amid polling that shows concern among voters about ending private insurance, several of the Democratic hopefuls have shifted their positions or their tone, moderating full-throated endorsement of Medicare-for-all and adopting ideas for allowing private insurance in some form. …

This unmistakable, if sometimes subtle, shift in tone stems in part from Democrats’ fear of giving away a newfound advantage over Republicans on health care.

After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republicans scored major political victories by vowing to repeal the initially unpopular law. But when the GOP seized control of Washington under President Trump and tried to follow through on those promises, they faced a powerful backlash from voters who’d come to rely on the ACA.

Now some Democrats warn of the perils for their party in taking a position that, to important groups of voters, could seem just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.

No kidding. However, this isn’t about the ACA at all. ObamaCare customers are a relative drop in the bucket in the US population. The problems with Medicare for All are related to the 150 million or so people who get their insurance through their employers, and who have a relatively high level of satisfaction with their coverage. The disruption of that system would be massive, and Democrats are starting to belatedly recognize that it would be massively unpopular too.

Medicare for All wouldn’t be “just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.” It would be orders of magnitude more disruptive. The fact that none of these candidates bothered to run the numbers before jumping on the Bernie bandwagon for this ridiculous proposal speaks volumes about their suitability for the nomination.

So who’s hitting reverse along with Harris? Cory Booker now wants to cast himself as a “pragmatist.” Kirsten Gillibrand, who co-sponsored Bernie’s bill, is now proposing a “public option” in ObamaCare instead. Even proud progressive Elizabeth Warren is “given herself wiggle room,” the Post reports, by talking about “a lot of different pathways” to get to Sanders’ overall goal — which is still, by the way, socialized medicine through Medicare for All.

In fact, Team Sanders is doubling down on wiping out all private insurance:

“The moment a person has to open their wallet to get health care in America is the moment that some people will be denied that right,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, chief of staff for Sanders’s campaign. “Anyone supporting plans that would leave millions without even basic coverage cannot claim to be standing for health care as a right.”

In the midterms, Democrats successfully ran on health care by portraying Republicans as the party that would strip health coverage away in its ObamaCare repeal. If Democrats stick with Medicare for All, imagine how powerful that message will be when Republicans apply it to Democrats, when it relates not to the 13 million or so direct ObamaCare customers but to 150 million working Americans. Their Bernie remorse is just getting started.

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Multiple 2020 Candidates Bizarrely Tweet Out Claim that Michael Brown Was Murdered

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There’s pandering and then there’s whatever this is.

Multiple 2020 Democrat candidates tweeted out this week that Michael Brown, who assaulted a police officer and tried to steal his weapon, was murdered five years ago. Those who did so include Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Did I wake up in a different timeline?

Kirsten Gillibrand also tweeted the same thing out, but her nearly non-existent campaign isn’t worth the time to go copy the link.

It’s one thing to virtue signal about a debatable issue for political reasons, but in the case of Michael Brown, there is no debate. Even Barack Obama’s DOJ concluded that the officer acted appropriately in defending himself.

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Past the political nonsense being perpetrated here, this is dangerous. This is the kind of rhetoric that helped spark the Ferguson riots in 2015 and to keep repeating it, even after it was proven he was not murdered, is patently insane. Truth is not subjective and these tweets seek to rekindle a fire that has no business reigniting.

Will any mainstream media outlet call this stuff out for what it is? We all know the answer to that.

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Video: Biden Sweeps Gillibrand’s Legs Out From Under Her On Women as Crowd Cheers

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been running as the candidate looking after women and using that as her sword as well as her shield.

Thinking that she had found a weakness in former VP Joe Biden’s armor when it came to the fairer sex, Gillibrand launched after Biden’s history of failure with women. To put it bluntly, it didn’t go well for Gillibrand. Biden recounted his history of support for women but immediately turned it on Gillibrand, reminding her that she herself had praised him for his support of women throughout his career.

Just to make sure his correction had some teeth to it, Biden didn’t stop there. Gillibrand must have forgotten that she’s dealing with a seasoned pro, as Biden effortlessly swept Gillibrand’s legs out from under her with a single comment.

“I don’t know what happened except you’re now running for president,” said Biden.

The crowd erupted in cheers as Gillibrand struggled to respond. When she did finally get something to come back at Biden with, the moderators were cutting her off.

It was not a good look for Gillibrand.

Then again, Gillibrand hasn’t been looking good from the start. At best, she’s been something of a tag-a-long candidate who’s best bet at this point is to obtain a cabinet position. Gillibrand has been polling at 0 percent despite being recognized by seven in ten Americans.

This is seen on the debate stage as well. She’s often forgotten the moment the camera leaves her. Her attack on Biden was her chance to try to make a name for herself and wiggle her way out of obscurity. The problem is that Gillibrand chose a specialty for her platform that all the others have invested some time in as well, being that Democrats and feminism are often bedfellows. You can bet that every politician on that stage has some kind of record to show in supporting women.

Gillibrand isn’t bringing anything effective to the fight, and as such was quickly put down by Biden who is also more clever and experienced than she is.

At this point, Gillibrand is likely done save for a miracle.

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Winners And Losers Of The Democratic Debate (Part Two)

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For the second night of CNN’s debate, we saw more candidates going for the throat – particularly Joe Biden’s – and more on policy than we saw in the first night. Biden was joined on stage by Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro, and Bill de Blasio, and the candidates were again given the chance to not only state their case, but encouraged to go after each other. And they did with gusto.

Here are the winners and losers in the second night of CNN’s Democratic debate. Again, this is objectively analyzed and not based on conservative ideals.

Winners: Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Joe Biden

First up, Andrew Yang has been a surprising force these last two debates. He has shown up, and like Marianne Williamson last night, has had to combat a lack of screen time in order to thrive. I don’t think his performance outshines Williamson’s from the previous night, but people are starting to recongize him. You’ll be seeing more of him, and I think that he brings something new to the debates that the Democrats will have to address.

Tulsi Gabbard had a strong night. She absolutely gutted Kamala Harris on her record as a prosecutor, and Harris absolutely refused to acknowledge the points directly, instead pointing to vague “civil rights reforms” she pushed while she was attorney general in California. But Gabbard would not let her off the hook and came off looking so much better for it. Her time spent as a member of the military also gave her a unique perspective among the candidates, and I think she came across very, very well. Like Booker, I don’t know how much of a bounce she’ll get here, because she is not the most progressive, and she has openly run as a moderate.

The clear winner tonight, though, is Joe Biden. The man has been at the top of the polls for two debates, and last time did not seem prepared. Clearly, he did his homework for tonight because he parried attacks from both Harris and Gillibrand, and he looked well-rehearsed in doing so. Look for him to stay at the top of the polls after this.

Losers: Kamala Harris, Bill de Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand

The biggest loser tonight was Kamala Harris, who seemed so ready and composed last debate but was slaughtered by Gabbard and completely side-stepped by Biden. She came across as the student who doesn’t study for the final exam because she thinks she’s so smart, but subsequently fails it because she wasn’t prepared. She failed to just come across as prepared, and there were people cheering against her as a result. That’s not a good look for her.

Gillibrand tried so very hard to land a super feminist point against Biden and he destroyed her on it. In typical Gillibrand style, she fell on her face trying to make a point. It was almost as embarrassing as Bill de Blasio getting completely shut down by Don Lemon (Note: I hope de Blasio loses solely because he made me cheer for Don Lemon). I can’t think of a Democrat with a debate performance more embarrassing than these two had tonight.

Also-Rans: Julian Castro, Jay Inslee, Michael Bennet, Corey Booker

There is not much to say about these four, because they are still just not registering. Their talking points don’t land, and while they each have something Democrats inherently like, they can’t turn that quality into a winning campaign. If any or all of these four were to drop out, it wouldn’t really do much to shake up the race.

Of the four, Booker had probably the best night. He is getting better at trying to connect with voters from the debate stage, but he’s still not able to make those connections completely, and I don’t see that changing. Inslee benefitted from more time on the screen, and took advantage of the opportunity, but he’s a one-trick pony and can’t show a range of policy necessary to take on anyone else long term.

Last night’s debate was the more interesting, more memorable debate and featured better performances across the board. However, it still seems far more likely that we saw the 2020 Democratic nominee tonight. Still, with the stage getting smaller and smaller as the primary goes on, one thing we know is that anything can still happen.

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Gillibrand burns de Blasio over presser invite

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The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill finally passed this week, following plenty of drama and grandstanding from both sides of the aisle. And with Congress actually managing to get something done for a change, you know what that means. We needed a big press conference to celebrate so those involved could pat each other on the back. The bill’s two primary sponsors, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, got together with comedian Jon Stewart to share the good news.

But do you know who wasn’t there? The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. He asked Gillibrand twice if he could take part in the press conference and both times she shot him down. (NY Post)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office smacked down Mayor Bill de Blasio when hizzoner asked if he could attend Tuesday’s press conference to celebrate the passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill, The Post has learned.

Gillibrand is the chief author of the bill and she and de Blasio are duking it out as bottom tier candidates in the Democratic primary for president — both polling at or below one percent.

De Blasio held three campaign events in D.C. Tuesday.

De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein confirmed that the mayor’s office had asked Gillibrand’s staff to attend the event — but was told no.

That’s some pretty cold treatment there. But Gillibrand is trying to drag herself up above one percent in the 2020 primary polling (as is the Mayor) and there’s no point in sharing the spotlight with one of her competitors, right? According to his spokesperson, de Blasio even offered not to speak. He just wanted to stand there for the photo op. And Gillibrand shot him down anyway.

For his part, de Blasio handled the situation with grace. His spokesperson released a statement saying they understood that the event was just for the bill’s sponsors and advocates for the first responders. And while they would have been honored to attend, the Mayor understood the event was “about something much bigger than us.” It was a classy response.

While I don’t often expend a lot of energy feeling sorry for de Blasio, this is one case where you almost have to have a little sympathy for him. While there’s some rationale for limiting the number of people at the press conference, you would think elected officials representing the affected areas in New York City and Pennsylvania would be welcome. They’ve been on the firing line for years now over issues surrounding the care of the first responders involved in the response to the terror attacks.

In the end, however, I rather doubt that this passing moment is going to lift Gillibrand very far above her current level of support (which remains around zero) in the primary. And it’s doubtful that de Blasio would have gotten much of a boost out of it either. This was just a bit of sniping between two bottom-tier candidates and they should both probably focus on the next debate.

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WaPo: People are ignoring Gillibrand because she’s boring

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If you have some time to kill (and this could take a while) you might want to check out this very long profile of New York Senator and flailing 2020 hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, written by Anna Peele in the Washington Post Magazine. Peele spent some time on the campaign trail with Gillibrand earlier this year and she fondly recalls the time she was coached through a weightlifting and workout session by the senator.

Almost all of the article seems to be a campaign pitch for Gillibrand, pointing out her many wonderful qualities, but it’s equally packed with almost endless speculation on one question. Kirsten Gillibrand seems, in the author’s opinion, to possess the perfect combination of qualities, policies, and experience needed to win the nomination. So why is it that she can’t manage to get above one percent in the polls? Almost nobody is paying attention to her. Peele sorts through a number of predictable possibilities, including the expected accusations of sexism, but finally seems to settle on one problem the candidate is being dogged by. Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t willing to be “entertaining” enough for an audience that’s grown jaded by President Trump’s Twitter feed. In other words, she’s just too boring.

At a time when our national cortisol level is tied to the president’s Twitter feed, and when candidates are live-streaming and clapping back and eating salads with hair equipment, it has become unforgivable to be boring. Taking on attention-gobbling Donald Trump feels like asking people to watch an eight-part PBS series on Reconstruction instead of the episode of “The Bachelor” where the guy is supposed to lose his virginity on TV. Gillibrand’s brand — motherly, responsible, pragmatic, experienced — is going to be a tough sell if what we really want, at some level, is for our politicians to entertain us…

I liked being weight-trained by Gillibrand. I find her policies pragmatic and her response to the people she encounters empathic. I feel comforted that her literal style and purposeful motherliness have not been crowdsourced into something more entertaining. In other words, I like the things about Gillibrand that are probably going to keep her from coming anywhere close to the White House.

If you take the time to read through the entire piece, you’ll find some of the common (and highly misleading) claims about Kirsten Gillibrand’s supposed strengths as a candidate. They bring up the fact that she’s never lost an election. That’s true, but she’s really only run five times. The first two wins were managed because she ran to the right of her GOP opponent in a conservative upstate district and the other three were statewide races where anyone with a D after their name would have won without effort. (It also didn’t hurt to have the state Democratic Party clear the field for her in her first Senate election, strongarming other Democrats considering taking her on in the primary.)

Strangely enough, in making her defense of Gillibrand, Peele actually covers – or at least touches on – almost all of the reasons that the Democratic base would ignore her. Far more than anything else, it’s the fact that Democrats know she may be singing with the liberal choir now, but that’s a relatively recent phenomenon. She was beyond a blue dog when she was in the House and even had a favorable rating with the NRA. But when she was plucked from that seat and placed in the Senate by the New York Governor, in barely a year she completely reversed course on many of her positions. (This process is something Peele describes as a “recalibration.”)

Before she even got into the race officially, her fellow Democrats were sending out poison pen letters reminding everyone of her past positions. She was once referred to by the Daily Beast as a “bizarro version of Sarah Palin.” Not to put too fine of a point on this, but that’s really all it took. Besides, Gillibrand wasn’t offering primary voters anything they couldn’t already get elsewhere. Want a woman to run? There are others with a lot more name recognition to pick from. Looking for someone willing to say bad things about the President? The field is full of hopefuls with far sharper tongues. Pick a policy from her issues page and I can show you more than a dozen others offering the same goodies.

With so many to choose from, why would Democratic primary voters take a chance on someone who is so relatively new to their tribe? Her liberalism is a mile wide and an inch deep. She is, at best, an ideological leaf blowing in the political winds. She’s not polling at zero percent because she’s perceived as boring. So is Elizabeth Warren, but she’s somehow making it work. Gillibrand is resting at the bottom of the barrel because voters in her own party don’t trust her. Nor should they.

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