In a bold statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” — not totally different from the senior Republicans defecting amidst a “time for choosing” — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) stated she’s vacating her position as the DNC’s vice chairwoman in order to support the Sanders campaign.
Her announcement appears to be based on some vague notion of altruistic ethics and an aversion to more military might in the face of ISIS.
Hillary Clinton, she claims, is not fit to carry the burden of the progressive agenda into the White House under the banner of being a Democrat. Clinton voted to invade Iraq, and then again was a proponent for military action in Libya.
“I know how important it is that our commander in chief has the sound judgement required to know when to use America’s military power, and when not to use that power,” she says in the video. “As the vice chair of the DNC I am required to remain neutral,” she said. “But I cannot remain neutral any longer. The stakes are just too high.”
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) February 28, 2016
In what appears to be a new effort to toss a wrench into the Clinton machine, the New York Times also published a piece on Sunday echoing the resentment that Clinton’s an untrue progressive, based on her past positions as an interventionist.
Washington insiders consider the DNC to be bent on Hillary and the RNC to be anti-Trump. Factions within both parties are defecting as such either toward or away from establishment favorites, in an effort to paint the 2016 race as a shift in public opinion both further to the right and left.
The result is an even more polarized field of partisan politics than any time since 1968.
“We need a commander in chief … who understands the need for a robust foreign policy, which defends the safety and security of the American people,” said Rep. Gabbard.
Clinton continues to rack up superdelegates en route to the convention in Philadelphia on July 25.
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