Meghan McCain And Tulsi Gabbard Join Hands In Spirit Of Bipartisan Annoyance
Democratic presidential candidate and local crackpot Tulsi Gabbard has a brand new BFF. Yesterday, after Hillary Clinton implied (correctly) that Vladimir Putin picked her from a Sears catalog of spoiler candidates, Meghan McCain rushed to Gabbard's defense on Twitter:
McCain suggests Gabbard "threatens" people instead of simply annoying them so much that they don't want to vote for her or give her money. "The View" host isn't a Democrat, yet Gabbard's lack of popularity among Democrats "baffles" her. McCain also couldn't resist dinging Clinton again for her 2016 comment about Trump supporters. I'm going to repeat it here in full because I'm tired of Republicans carrying this cross.
CLINTON: You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.
Clinton didn't treat people who "disagree with her like deplorables." She just pointed out that half the people -- a generous, low ball estimate -- who supported a bigoted candidate were probably bigots themselves. The media and even other Democrats prefer to ignore Occam's racist. They can't admit Clinton was right -- even after Trump rallies where his supporters chant "send her back!" about a Muslim congresswoman.
Gabbard didn't respectfully disagree with Clinton's remarks. She posted a paranoid, rage aneurysm on social media. And the Boston Herald declared Elizabeth Warren "divisive" just because she called for Donald Trump's impeachment. (Petty parenthetical note: The Herald claimed Warren only pushed for impeachment in May because she was polling so far behind Joe Biden. Tee hee.)
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Gabbard has supporters on the right because she embraces a lot of their pet hates. She has a dubious record of LGBTQ rights, and she tried to sue Google -- a private company -- for "violating" her first amendment rights. Gabbard also accused other Democrats of "religious bigotry" because of how they questioned one of Trump's anti-abortion judicial nominees.
McCain confronted Gabbard earlier this year over the congresswoman's ass-kissing defense of Syrian president Assad. Now, all is apparently forgiven and Megs McCabe is promoting her as a "combat veteran" and defender of "religious freedom."
For months now, centrists and #NeverTrump conservatives like McCain were confident that Biden had a lock on the Democratic nomination. If he lost in 2020, they could say they voted for him and blame unenthused liberals for staying home. If he won, they were confident he wouldn't advance the ball much on any progressive policies. We'd have the status quo for four years while Republicans reclaimed the House and rehabilitated their party. Biden would even help. He'd point and say, "Hey, those are the nice, sensible Republicans I remember. The long national nightmare of Trump is over!"
But now there's a real chance Warren could be the nominee. Although moderates insist she can't win, conservatives are less sure. You'll notice they're the ones focused on the socialist nightmare state Warren would impose on the nation. Conservatives would love it if Gabbard ran as a third party candidate and blocked Warren. McCain and other #NeverTrumpers would like to choose the Democratic nominee who best appeals to them, but if they can't, they're perfectly content to help throw a Gabbard in the works.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle.