Saturday, December 31, 2016

Elizabeth Warren Fires A Shot Over The Bow Of The Fakest "Progressive" In Congress


Elizabeth Warren Fires A Shot Over The Bow Of The Fakest Progressive In Congress We’ve written a lot lately about how right-wing opportunist Tulsi Gabbard, a classic Fox News Dem, is not, despite her commendable backing for Bernie during the primary, a progressive. As we’ve discussed before, Gabbard’s record in the Hawaii legislature was pitiful and her record in Congress has earned her an “F” from ProgressivePunch. What few on the mainland understand— but what everyone who follows politics in Hawaii does know, is that the ravenously ambitious Gabbart plans to challenge progressive U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in a primary. Republicans already know Tulsi is their gal and she doesn’t have to campaign directly for their votes. Instead, she’s hoping to catapult herself into the Senate— and beyond— by combining the mindless support she gets from the crackpot Chris Butler cult in Hawaii and the naive Bernie supporters on the mainland.

It seems unfathomable to Bernie fans that their hero, Gabbard, has a putrid conservative record going back for years and years. Just during her time in Congress, while Mazie Hirono has earned a solid “A” in the Senate and a lifetime crucial vote score of 96.39, bested only by Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey (chart above), the same algorithm gave Gabbard a 73.75 lifetime crucial vote score—and in one of the safest, bluest districts in America. She votes with the Wall Street-owned New Dems, not with progressives.

Someone must have alerted Elizabeth Warren to what Gabbard is up to because on Friday she sent her supporters a note about Mazie Hirono, asking them to support the woman with the third most progressive voting record in the Senate. No mention of Gabbard’s planned primary, just a subtle shot across the bow for the devious Hawaiian crony of Trump political agent, Steve Bannon. “There's only one way we're going to stop Donald Trump,” wrote Warren— By standing together. All of us. That's why I'm proud to stand alongside my friend, Senator Mazie Hirono.” Except for the most politically astute among them, most Berniebots who worship Gabbard have probably never heard of Maize Hirono. They will once the 2018 primary draws closer.
Hard-working families in Hawaii and all across the country can count on Mazie and me to fight for them in the U.S. Senate, every single day -- and to stand up to Donald Trump's dangerous policies that threaten America.

Mazie is one of my closest allies in the Senate, and she needs our support to get her reelection campaign off to a strong start.

…Mazie and I both arrived in the Senate in 2013 at the start of President Obama’s second term. Since then, we've been allies on issue after issue -- fighting to advance comprehensive immigration reform, defend Obamacare, protect women's health, raise the minimum wage, and ensure equal rights for all Americans.

And we're going to keep up that fight, with your help.

Over the past eight years, our country has made incredible progress. We have boosted the economy with more than 15 million new jobs, delivered quality, affordable healthcare to more than 17 million Americans, and fought to defend civil liberties for countless more.

But too many Americans still feel like the system is rigged for the millionaires and billionaires and giant corporations – and as Donald Trump prepares to take office (as much as it pains me to say that), that feeling will only get worse. All our progress hangs in the balance. We must fight to protect what we have won, and must fight our way forward.

That's why we need to keep Mazie Hirono in the Senate.
So far, Warren has only contacted her list for 3 senators— 3 absolutely staunch progressives, two, Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown, who will face conservative Republicans, and one, Mazie, who will face a more insidious threat: a poisonous conservative posing as a progressive (Gabbard).

In a separate e-mail, she warned her supporters that in November “right-wing Super PACs drowned our Democratic Senate candidates with nasty attacks this election cycle – and many of our candidates couldn’t recover.” She knows conservatives will do the same thing again— Republican conservatives opposing Baldwin and Brown and shadier conservatives against Hirono.

Gabbard’s Republican opponent this year was a severely mentally ill Trumpist, Angela Aulani Kaaihue, who spent less than the $5,000 that would trigger an FEC report and won just 18.8% of the vote. Nonetheless, Gabbard was fundraising like a mad dog— not for Bernie or for progressives who needed help, but for herself. She spent $1,136,832 and as off November 28 had $2,123,367 in her campaign war chest. That— and the money from the crazy cultists who have financed her political career— is what she plans to use to attack Mazie from the left, something that is not just dishonest but patently absurd.

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At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...yeah... but she still endorsed and campaigned for $hillbillary... so maybe call 2016 a push for Elizabeth. maybe.

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tulsi is against all this military adventurism the US has been involved in. Under Obama, the left became pro war, all the time.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters have simple minds. Gabbard is nice-looking and she endorsed Bernie (who endorsed $hillbillary who never met a bank or war $he didn't get engorged over)... but she's nice-looking so she'd be elected over a reincarnated FDR or JFK.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger john kennedy said...

Warren calling someone a fake progressive!!!! LOLOLOL that is rich. Warren sucks and has no cred. Get out of the way you bought fake stooge.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Scott Galindez said...

This article if full of speculation that I don't share.

I do have concerns about Tulsi's anti-Muslim foreign policy.

I also don't share the anger at Warren who didn't support Hillary until June when the race was essentially over. She was the only member of the Senate who remained neutral until the race was over. That was out of respect for Bernie.

Tulsi did the right thing when she resigned from the DNC leadership. She has not always been on the right side of the issues, though.

This article is irresponsible, there was no mention of Gabbard here, just support for her colleague.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not quite true, Scott. Elizabeth may not have "officially" endorsed $hillbillary until the DNC theft was done, but she and $hill shared many a stage and were at events together often.

And Elizabeth pointedly never endorsed Bernie, though she did often endorse almost all of Bernie's "platform".

Reading betwixt the lines, I'd say that Elizabeth was told not to expect support from the DSCC or DNC when her re-election comes up if she endorsed Bernie or FAILED to endorse the DNC's neoliberal monster once the DNC theft was formalized. At that point, she endorsed someone who has a 50+ year RECORD of deeds contrary to all those platform planks she had said she liked.

The word that comes to mind is "corrupt".

At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just DON'T understand what personal vandetta DWT has against Tulsi Gabbard. To DWT, Wassermann Schultz and Gabbard are equally bad. To the DNC, Wassermann Schultz is a saint. That itself should be a hint for DWT.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Scott Galindez said...

Warren waited until June to endorse Clinton...She didn't tip her hand either way before June...She held out longer than any other Senator...well except Merkley who endorsed Bernie...

Be careful of the way you are spinning Tulsi's foreign groups that lobby on foreign policy rate her 0 while Ellison gets a 100...

Anyone that pushes the neo-con talking point of criticizing people for not calling the "terrorists islamo fascists deserves skepticism.

The author does take it too far...but beware of her foreign policy....Listen to her speeches in front of Hindu national Party crowds...

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Mrs B said...

I appreciate your reasoned comment, it isn't it possible Tulsi only resigned due to seeing the bad choices being made by the leadership, and knowing the DWS resignation train could have been headed her way anyway?


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