In Early Returns for 2020 Kirsten Gilibrand is Doing Everything Right
Until very recently, I tended to dismiss talk of 2020. As Joe Biden says, it’s’ impossible to know who it will be this early as it all depends on what the mood and desires of the Democratic base and voters are in 2019-2020.
A very good friend of mine had been talking up Kirsten Gilibrand but I was noncomittal. That’s usually how I am this early.
But a few things have now happened which have made me begin to think that maybe he’s right. It is very early-thoughI guess in a way maybe not so much as in 2 years this will be the conversation.
Gilibrand is doing everything right at this point.
1. First of all, she’s totally in sync with the Dem base. We want strong, determined, and unrelenting opposition to Trump. We don’t want to hear about ‘working with him where we can.’
It’s not that if Trump really wanted to do $1 trillion dollars in-real-infrastructure we wouldn’t be all for it. Of course, if it were a real infrastructure plan then Trump would lose his own party. And if Trump wanted a real infrastructure plan he wouldn’t have Mickey Mulvaney as budget director.
Truth is there will be very little if anything that Trump does that Democrats can support in all good conscience.
As for what Democratic voters want in their Presidential candidate in 2020, it’s someone who opposes Trump. And so far Gilibrand has been in the lead in that regard.
That is the way to the hearts of Democratic base whose new mantra is ‘Just say no.’ I must say I got a tingle when I heard protesters chanting that.
2. Now she is proposing a big new policy to protect seniors from fraud.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced plans to introduce new legislation Monday to safeguard senior citizens from financial scams.
“Gillibrand’s Senior Financial Empowerment Act would standardize how elder financial abuse is reported between local, state and federal governments; establish a national senior fraud hotline; and impose an additional $50,000 civil fine for scamming a senior, the junior Democratic senator from New York announced to news reporters and about 100 seniors eating breakfast at the Town of Babylon’s Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center.”
“She said $16 million a year is defrauded from Long Island seniors, according to a June 2016 study conducted by the state Office of Children and Family Services.”
“It’s clear we’re not doing enough to stop these crimes,” she said. With centralized reporting, she said, larger cases could be made against scammers, who she said have ties to the Russian mob.
Meanwhile, you have Trump boasting of overturning rules in Dodd-Frank that disallow brokers working against their own clients’ interests.
3. Let’s be honest: That Gilibrand is female only helps her cause. After the way that Hillary Clinton was treated by the press, Russia, and the FBI the hunger for a female President has only increased.
Hillary herself just gave a speech that ‘the future is female.”
In a rare public statement since her loss in the 2016 presidential election, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on attendees at a women’s conference to continue to “be bold” amid concerns over “whether our rights, opportunities and values will endure.”
“Despite all the challenges we face, I remained convinced that, yes, the future is female,” Clinton said in a video address to the MAKERS conference, which kicked off Monday in California.
Now more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year’s conference: be bold. We need strong women to step up and speak out. We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly,” she continued. “So please, set an example for every woman and girl out there who’s worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities and values will endure.”
“Remember, you are the heroes and history-makers, the glass-ceiling-breakers of the future,” she said. “As I’ve said before, I’ll say again: Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”
In many ways 2016 was a big middle finger to American women. The way the press treated Hillary and the noxious misogyny of her opponent-which in the minds of 62 million Americans, didn’t disqualify him to be President of the United States.
But as we’ve seen in the Women’s march and other protests, this has awoken a sleeping giant in women and the larger Democratic base.
As Hillary said on November 9: I haven’g given up and neither should you.
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