Tulsi is Running!

I woke up  to the news that Tulsi Gabbard has announced her candidacy (well, technically she just announce that she’s going to officially announce soon, but that’s good enough for me) for president, and I couldn’t be happier.
I think she’s got a good chance of winning the Democratic nomination, because you’ll have about 10 or so other people running, who are all pretty much identical in their corporatist ideology, and then you’ve got Tulsi Gabbard.  They’ll split the faux-liberal vote between them, and Tulsi will get 100% of the progressive vote.
This is assuming, of course, that Sanders does not run, and I can’t see it.  He and Tulsi are very similar on policy and I don’t believe Bernie is so blinded by power and the adulation of the crowd that he’s going to jump in and split the progressive vote.  In fact, I suspect that they have probably discussed this between themselves.
Anyway, the trolling and the media hit pieces have already begun.  She’s friends with Hindu Nationalist Modi!  That seems kind of a bizarre accusation to me.  Yes, she’s met with him.  She’s also met with Bashar Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Donald Trump.  She’s also met with Indian politicians who are not Modi.  And calling Modi a “Hindu Nationalist” is off, too.   He is the legally elected president of India, a country which is predominantly Hindu.  It would be  strange if he weren’t.
So, on the Internet, the debate rages.  Meanwhile, on TV…I don’t usually get my news from TV, because I don’t like  getting news from anyplace I can’t answer back immediately, I’ve become spoiled that way, but I decided to listen to CNN for a bit today, to see how they covered it.  They spent about 5 minutes talking about how Julian Castro has announced his candidacy, he’s Latino, he’s got an identical twin brother, he’ll have a tough  time catching Elizabeth Warren, etc…and they covered Tulsi Gabbard in one sentence, which included the phrase “and also.”
It’s the same exact bullshit they pulled with Bernie Sanders.  I don’t think it’s going to work this time.

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