Thursday, August 29, 2019

Goodbye Gillibrand! Kirsten drops out

First John Hickenlooper dropped out, then Jay Inslee followed by Seth Moulton.  All three were picked by the reporters and editors of FiveThirtyEight in their first 2020 drop out draft.  They were the first, fifth, and second picked, respectively.  Yesterday, the third candidate picked left the contest, as CBS News reported Senator Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling and fundraising struggles. The New York Times was first to report the news.
ETA: CBS News later uploaded 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of presidential race, which examined Gillibrand dropping out in depth.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced she’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. The Democrat from New York ran her campaign on promises to fight for women's rights and policies like paid family leave. As a senator, she gained prominence while pushing for reforms in prosecuting sex crimes in the military. 2020 campaign reporter Cara Korte joins CBSN with Wednesday's edition of 2020 Daily Trail Markers.
So now the first, second, third, and fifth candidates picked by FiveThirtyEight have dropped out.  Four down, five to go.  The fourth candidate chosen in the drop out draft is Tim Ryan.  My readers and I will see if he's next.  In the meantime, follow over the jump for the drink and memes I am retiring now that Gillibrand is no longer running.

First, from Drinks for the Democratic debates, Part 2.

Kirsten Gillibrand made it easy by naming “a glass of whiskey at the end of the night” as her comfort food.  That makes me like her a lot better, just not enough to ever vote for her in the primary.  Speaking of liking her more, here she is tending bar.

She doesn't need a cocktail; whiskey shots will do just fine.
Next, two memes.

Amy Klobuchar will have a meme to herself the next time I update Democratic candidates...according to On The Issues; she won't have to share it with Gillibrand.

I expect to use the following from Senators and Representatives running for the Democratic nomination are drifting to the left as they campaign one more time, as I plan on updating the Voteview scores Friday or Saturday.  After that, I'm retiring it.

Finally, I'm going to share my promise from WXYZ, WDIV, and MSNBC cover O'Rourke and Gillibrand in Michigan: "I'm still not voting for her in the Michigan primary next year."  Gillibrand has made it easy for me; she won't even be on the ballot!


  1. Well that's good. I still bear her ill will due to her role in the pile-on against Al Franken. Too bad he fell on his own petard just for being mildly dickish. Gillibrand reminds me of too many nurses I've known (including some who have sacked me) who get off from using their power to punish men for perceived violations of gender rules. "Inappropriate" is the feminist equivalent to the "hep-hep" pogrom war cry used to during anti-Jewish riots in Europe during the 1800s.*

    * Although Oogling around for more info about this, which I first heard of when reading James Michener's book about Poland many years ago, there are some sources that say it's an urban legend.

    1. You aren't alone. Every comment the link to this entry got on Facebook referenced Al Franken. Most of them danced on her campaign's grave because of her role in getting him to resign. Neither my wife and I were going to vote for her because of it.

      As for that page, I wonder about the author's implicit bias if not outright agenda beyond telling Jewish history.

  2. At least she accepted the inevitable in a timely manner. With such a ridiculously large field of candidates, it's hard to get traction, and the list of the top five (the only ones with any real chance at being nominated) has been stable for months.

    Gillibrand was 100% right on the Franken issue. The primary accusation against him was forcing his tongue into a woman's mouth (a penetrative sexual assault), and he was also accused of grabbing several other women in the ass (not just "patting", as some bloggers have it, and where the hell do these guys get the idea that even that behavior is acceptable anyway?). His defenders' excuse-making and minimization and insinuations about the victims are no different than the Republicans similar apologetics for abusers on their own side.

    1. Yeah, despite Gillibrand being a surprisingly liberal candidate, she wasn't getting any traction, not even as much as Tulsi Gabbard, which is saying something.

      She may have been right, but most liberals did not want to hear her message. They still enjoyed Franken's ability to skewer Republicans and didn't want to lose him. It would interfere with their entertainment, which is one of the few things I've found to get Americans to act.

      That written, this is the first I've read about him trying to forcibly French kiss a woman. Ick! That's probably because I just saw the infamous picture and dismissed it as a bad joke gone worse. I also paid attention to reports that the woman involved was associated with Roger Stone and suspected the whole thing was one of Stone's dirty tricks. That it was much worse than I thought tells me that he did indeed have to go, but Gillibrand's part in it resulted in it being an example of "no good deed goes unpunished."