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Certainly give Tulsi Gabbard credit for her nerve.
The congresswoman from Hawaii may be running for the Democratic nomination for president, but you would hardly know it at this point.
She hasn’t qualified for a debate since November and she’s won all of two–no, that’s not a typo–two delegates, of the 1,991 needed to secure the nomination.
Even Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts dropped out, as painful as that was for her, when she found that there was no realistic path to the nomination–and she had 64 delegates.
And now Gabbard is on Twitter demanding that her last two rivals standing–the only two with a realistic chance at the nomination–pressure the Democratic National Committee to allow her onto the next debate stage.
.@JoeBiden @BernieSanders I’m sure you would agree that our Democratic nominee should be a person who will stand up for what is right. So I ask that you have the courage to do that now in the face of the DNC’s effort to keep me from participating in the debates. #LetTulsiDebate
— Tulsi Gabbard ???? (@TulsiGabbard) March 7, 2020
You know, even if Gabbard had no chance left for the nomination, you could justify her continued role in the campaign–and in the debates–as the last woman in the race, and the last person of color.
However, no, in this case, Gabbard still hasn’t earned it.
There’s her history of working against the LGBT community, for one thing.
For another, there is her nearly unthinkable vote of “present” on Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Her Democratic House colleagues all took the tough votes. Impeachment is one of the most consequential votes any lawmaker can take–up there with going to war. But Gabbard wouldn’t even say yes or no.
In her political cowardice, this military veteran simply chose to basically register her attendance.
Sorry. Not good enough. Not nearly.
And then, finally, there’s the fact that Gabbard has become strangely enamored with appearing on Fox News. You hardly ever see her appear anywhere else, and really, most voters in the Democratic primaries aren’t Fox News viewers.
One has to wonder if this is all one big audition for a spot on that network when this is all over.
Given that as a high probability, neither Joe Biden nor Bernie Sanders need stick out their necks on this one.
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