The reason why Tulsi is not running for Congress

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      Voltairine
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      I think part of the reason or main reason is that after she endorsed Sanders and resigned from DNC, she became persona non grata to Vichy dems, and so she can’t get required support for her ground breaking and vital legislative work like OFF Act etc., and to change the situation she needs to become the leader of the Democratic Party.

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      NV Wino
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      I also think she is hedging her bets. A presidency is a long shot, but a cabinet position (or VP), should Bernie win, is a sure thing.

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      bazukhov
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      She and the other low polling candidates are maneuvering for a position in the cabinet or furthering their chances in 2024.

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      There’s a chance she could still run as a VP, or end up with a job in the White House, or her plan C – TV political commentator. Maybe FOX News. Donna Brazile is there. I can see them hiring Tulsi.

      Meanwhile, Tulsi’s book hits the shelves next month.

      • #222473
        game meat
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        I agree, that sounds like the natural career progression. Since endorsing Sanders, the Clinton faction of the Democratic party (but I repeat myself) has been scheming to bring her down. For instance, she has a primary challenger for her seat who is raising more money than she is in Hawaii. It’s obvious they won’t give up. Maybe she thinks it’s just not worth the trouble and is moving on to greener pastures.

        The only candidate who would ever consider her for a cabinet position is Sanders, and even that is not guaranteed. I could definitely see Fox bringing her on board as a middle east analyst or something like that. Or she could just fully extend the middle finger in the Clinton’s direction by taking a job at RT. ha.

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      doh1304
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      It’s a smart move. There are 3 possibilities: 1, Bernie wins. By openly renouncing the corruptocrat party she will position herself to succeed him in the next decade. 2, the corruptocrats lose. Again by openly renouncing the sinking ship she positions herself to lead the Berniecrat successor party. 3, the corruptocrats win. It’s all over anyway, so who cares?

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      Jim Lane
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      This explanation doesn’t seem plausible. After she endorsed Bernie and resigned as a DNC Vice Chair, she faced a 2016 primary. Her opponent was enthusiastically promoted by a handful of contributors on a website that a particularly stupid JPR rule prohibits me from naming. Nevertheless, Tulsi won her primary with 84.5% of the vote. She won her 2018 primary with 83.5% of the vote. However much some elements in the Democratic Party may dislike her, she’s popular in her district.

      I was disappointed when she announced she wouldn’t run again. My guess is that she’s just gotten impatient. The sad fact is that, in Congress, the importance of seniority means that you have to slog through years as a back-bencher before you acquire real influence. Bernie showed the way. He served eight terms in the House, and is now in his third term in the Senate. He first took his seat when Tulsi was nine years old! The result is that Bernie has chaired the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee when the Democrats had the Senate majority. He’s now the Ranking Member of the Budget Committee and will probably chair that committee if the Democrats regain the majority. I wish Tulsi would choose to follow a similar course.

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        I don’t think a sitting POTUS can chair the Senate Budget Committee, but I may be wrong.

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          Jim Lane
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          LOL, nice catch, but I said “probably” re Bernie’s chairship.  I don’t think it’s probable (as in more likely than not) that Bernie will become President.  There are enough candidates that “It’s probable that _____ will become President” is, IMO, incorrect, regardless of how the blank is filled in.  I’ll go further and say that, at this point, there’s no one who’s even the probable Democratic nominee.

          As for Trump, even if we give him a 95% chance of being the Republican nominee, and a conditional probability of 52% of winning the election if he’s the nominee, that still means his chance of re-election is only 49.4%.  I’m inclined to think that both the 95% and the 52% are too high, so his actual chance is even less.

      • #222515
        Voltairine
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        By all accounts she takes her legislative work very seriously, but can’t get anymore anything serious done in that front without first taking down TPTB that prevent Congress doing the job that it is supposed to do, to serve people.

        “Be a good girl, take the long route” does not work. There’s no time. Transition from Oil Empire to sustainable, peaceful society can’t wait.

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        • #222793
          Jim Lane
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          You write that the long route “does not work.”  I agree that one fairly junior Representative can’t accomplish all that much in the short term.  The problem is that one ex-Representative can’t accomplish much, either.  It’s not as if giving up her seat will somehow suddenly empower her to transform the world.  Her leaving Congress will be a net loss for a lot of good causes.

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      Babel 17
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      I think we all tend to forget how far away Hawaii is from the campaign trail. The cost of those expensive flights aside, she’d also has to keep flying back to D.C. to perform her House duties. Flying from D.C. to Hawaii, and back, on top of flying around the country, and I think we’re talking a real health risk.

      And the time spent on those long trips is time not spent campaigning. Traveling back home is yoogely more convenient for Sanders, Warren, and the other top tier candidates.

      • #222772
        Jim Lane
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        That’s a good point about the travel problem.  If she can’t do everything, though (serve this term in Congress, run for re-election, and run for President), I wish she’d pick the high-probability Congressional campaign over the long-shot national run.  She’s young.  She could endorse Bernie again in this cycle and have plenty of chances to run for President in the future.  After serving in Congress longer, she’d be a more attractive candidate to the many voters who value experience.

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          Babel 17
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          She’s spoken to that point, and it’s a good one. As you might expect, she brings up our foreign policy as the overriding reason to run for the nomination. She sees sociopaths and fools running for the world’s most powerful office, ones who would put us at risk of a nuclear exchange.

          And even short of that, that same bunch all too easily get us involved in butchery in the Middle East. She has a personal philosophy of service, and she sees and feels a compelling need to get her message out, and into the Democratic primary. She knocked out the war monger Harris, and has brought out into the sunlight that queen of warmongers, Hillary Clinton, thus enabling some much needed conversation and reflection about her role in the destruction of Libya, and the destruction in Syria.

          Before long Gabbard may make it impossible for any warmonger to win the Democratic primary. That’s worth giving up a House seat for, and arguably just a fighter’s chance of achieving that demands that she rise up to try to provide that service. Irrespective of going on to win the nomination, if she accomplishes that then she will have ensured for herself a prominent career as a champion of a progressive foreign policy.

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          Babel 17
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      3fingerbrown
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      Maybe she will run for senate? And perhaps as an Independent, like Bernie.

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