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Can Gillibrand Contend?

Kirsten Gillibrand is one of a large - and expanding - field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an era of progressive resurgence, she is a retro-style conservative Democrat. In large part, because she established her political positions as a Representative in a conservative district in upstate New ...

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A Man Delays a Plane; Parents Spread Measles - The Rise of Me-Firstism

A passenger on a cross-country Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Toronto had a hissy fit when he couldn’t have fish. According to a  witness the man was belligerent to the flight attendant who couldn’t fulfill his meal request. He described the oaf’s behavior as: 'If I don’t get fish, there will be a ...

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Theresa May's Last Best Brexit Deal Rejected by Parliament

Having rejected a previous Brexit deal, the British Parliament voted today on a ‘tweeked’ version that British PM Theresa May had negotiated with the European Union. Parliament rejected the deal 391 — 242.There will be another vote in Parliament on whether the UK should exit the EU with no deal — the so-called “Hard ...

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Parents See Their Unvaccinated Child Suffer the Agonies of Tetanus. They Are Still Anti-Vaxxers.

While playing a six-year-old boy in Oregon cut his head on some farm machinery. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound. Six days later his back and neck arched and he jaw began clenching. He had to be medevaced to a pediatric hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe case of tetanus.He rapidly declined. At ...

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Christian author: Atheists are 'pompous prigs’ & ‘loud, nasty, unapologetic and in-your-face’.

Most atheists were raised in religious families. And they paid attention. The evidence indicates atheists know more than believers about religion. And they are often the most questioning of and curious about the ‘holy’ texts. So it is no surprise that Isaac Asimov said: “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent ...

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Can Gillibrand Contend?

by Pitt Griffin on March 20, 2019 · 0 comments

in Election 2020, Politics

Kirsten Gillibrand is one of a large – and expanding – field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an era of progressive resurgence, she is a retro-style conservative Democrat. In large part, because she established her political positions as a Representative in a conservative district in upstate New York.

Running for Senate she moved left to reflect the more liberal statewide views of the New York electorate. And, more importantly, to reflect the politics of the national Democratic base. She had to go from collecting votes in small towns and rural counties to one who had to appeal to voters in New York City and California.

Once in the Senate, her most notorious moment was her demand that Al Franken resign when pictures of him leering over a sleeping Leeann Tweeden while apparently grabbing her breasts on a USO tour. She announced he had to go and became a vocal advocate for his departure.

It didn’t go as well as she might have expected. Gillibrand calculated that the #MeToo movement demanded absolutism on politicians and other men who were accused of sexual assault. She miscalculated. Democrats saw her enthusiastic attacks on Franken as premature and ill-considered.

She upset progressives who thought she was not giving Franken the opportunity to defend himself. They thought he had the right to explain his behavior, and the photograph, before the Senate ethics committee. Especially as it would have given him the opportunity to stay in the Senate and remain a vocal champion of liberal politics

It rankled progressives that Franken had been forced out at a time when conservatives, including the President, could skate on ‘pussy grabbing’ and other tales of sexual aggression. Liberals wondered why Franken, whose ‘crime’ seemed lesser, should be Gillibrand’s focus. To some, her actions smacked of political expedience and cold calculation.

No matter how honestly she may have come about her position, to many she was seen as cynically catering to the women’s movement that is destined to have an enormous influence in deciding the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. And in turn the presidential race itself.

Gillibrand has taken an aggressive stance against those who have questioned her on this. She said he said that if big donors were to shun her campaign, that would be ‘on them.’ It’s not a good look. It’s a political truism that if you are explaining you are losing.

Further, even if she is excused her Franken opportunism, she has the albatross of a sexual abuse claim in her own office. A staffer claimed that campaign employee Abbas Malik was harassing her. Gillibrand refused to fire him – and only did so after outside sources presented her with corroborating evidence she could have quickly discovered for herself.

Even if she dodges the hypocrisy charges, she faces formidable opposition from other women – including women of color.

In California, African-American Kamala Harris represents another big liberal coastal state – one with even more Electoral College clout.

Even among white, female candidates, Gillibrand is hardly the leading choice. Amy Klobuchar has the midwestern credibility that will prove crucial against Trump, who picked up so many Electoral College votes in the rust belt.

Elizabeth Warren is beloved by many liberals for her unabashed spanking of both banks and the regulators who oversee them.

Then there are the white men. Two stand out – Bernie Sanders with his rabid base and questionable relations with minorities, and Beto O’Rourke with his own army of devoted small donors and his centrist baggage.

Will Gillibrand be the Democratic nominee? She doesn’t lead in the polls (tied for 9th at 1%) or the odds (66 to 1 against), but it is early days yet. However, if she does want a shot at the brass ring she needs to fight on her high ground and not on the territory her enemies pick.

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A Man Delays a Plane; Parents Spread Measles – The Rise of “Me-Firstism”

March 13, 2019

A passenger on a cross-country Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Toronto had a hissy fit when he couldn’t have fish. According to a  witness the man was belligerent to the flight attendant who couldn’t fulfill his meal request. He described the oaf’s behavior as: ‘If I don’t get fish, there will be a problem. One way or another, […]

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Theresa May’s Last Best Brexit Deal Rejected by Parliament

March 12, 2019

Having rejected a previous Brexit deal, the British Parliament voted today on a ‘tweeked’ version that British PM Theresa May had negotiated with the European Union. Parliament rejected the deal 391 — 242. There will be another vote in Parliament on whether the UK should exit the EU with no deal — the so-called “Hard Brexit”. If the MPs […]

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Parents See Their Unvaccinated Child Suffer the Agonies of Tetanus. They Are Still Anti-Vaxxers.

March 10, 2019

While playing a six-year-old boy in Oregon cut his head on some farm machinery. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound. Six days later his back and neck arched and he jaw began clenching. He had to be medevaced to a pediatric hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe case of tetanus. He rapidly declined. At first he was alert. […]

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Christian author: Atheists are ‘pompous prigs’ & ‘loud, nasty, unapologetic and in-your-face’.

March 10, 2019

Most atheists were raised in religious families. And they paid attention. The evidence indicates atheists know more than believers about religion. And they are often the most questioning of and curious about the ‘holy’ texts. So it is no surprise that Isaac Asimov said: “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”  […]

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Really? 2.17.19. Lindsey Graham. Fake emergencies. Patriotism. Gun violence. Limbaugh.

February 17, 2019

Lindsey Graham comes out against education. Margaret Brennan, the host of Face the Nation, asked Sen. Lindsey Graham how he felt about Trump’s declaration of a state of emergency diverting funds from the construction of a middle school in Kentucky to fund his wall. He replied “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in […]

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Fox and Friends Lie About an MS-13 Slaying in New York.

February 9, 2019

Last Sunday afternoon in Queens, NY a man was shot dead on a subway platform. A fight between three men and the victim had started on a Manhattan-bound train. As reported by NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea: “At some point, this confrontation turns physical, and as the train approached the 90th Street Station, the dispute spills onto […]

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John Dingell’s Final Published Words.

February 9, 2019

The following final published words from America’s longest-serving Congressman were published in the Washington Post. They are a testament to a great America. February 8 at 4:03 PMJohn D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015, was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. […]

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The Supreme Court Stays a Louisiana Abortion Law. It Is Likely a Brief Reprieve for Choice.

February 9, 2019

On Thursday the Supreme Court voted to stay a Louisiana law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to have admitting rights at a hospital within 30 miles. Pro-choice advocates argued this would have left the state with one abortion clinic. The good news may be only temporary for women in the Pelican State. The Court did not […]

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