Through all this we have heard nothing from the sainted Elizabeth Warren, whose silence is eloquent but not golden. Massachusetts is her state, and was a pivotal one for Sanders, who would have taken it with her help Warren now looks like, and probably is, simply another calculating politician covering he behind. If there was greatness in her, she would have already joined Sanders, and become potentially a decisive running mate, providing a kind of leadership she does not have the guts for. If there were integrity in her she would be speaking on his behalf. But she is a de facto sister in arms with the least talented most sold-out woman in national politics, deeply allied with financial interests Warren professes to detest. A machine politician. When Clinton denies the quid pro quo that goes with huge sums of money she insults our intelligence and forces Warren’s hand. She also opens the door for Donald Trump, who is richer, smarter, tougher and much more confident than she. Worst of all, his character and principles are no more questionable than hers.
Enter – or rather, exit – the remarkable Tulsi Gabbard. It was e.e. cummings in I Sing of Olaf Glad and Big who wrote “there is some shit I will not eat,” a great line of American English and totally appropriate in this context. Gabbard had had enough.
Who is she, this former #2 of the DNC? She hails from Hawaii and is a true 21st century American hybrid, Euro-Samoan by blood, with committed Roman Catholics in the family, and a practicing Hindu herself. She was home-schooled, spent a couple of years in a girls-only Philippine missionary school and lives in the real world – she holds a degree in Business Administration and is an Army reserve Major who fought and lost friends in Iraq. She’s also very politically incorrect on LGBT matters (nobody’s perfect), and like most Hindus, has a serious outspoken attitude about with Muslims, which delights Fox News and which she may outgrow. She’s endorsed by, among others, the Sierra Club, Emily’s List and VoteVets.
What does Tulsi Gabbard do in congress, and what does she stand for? She’s an active member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, and one of the few with any real hands on experience. She embodies the anti-Clinton/Wassermann-Schultz spirit, which puts her on a formidable enemies list. (She was warned by everyone and had the courage to act anyway.) Basically, she wants to fix the mess that we’ve become with our foolish foreign policy, imploded political process and collapsing third-world infrastructure.
Perhaps most important, she really understands the lack of judgment in the Bush/Clinton interventionist foreign policy and wants an end to squandering lives and treasure on stupid wars. She’s been to those foreign places and seen the hate for us. And by putting her future on the line, she’s proved that she is a likely running mate for Sanders, capable of drawing the women’s vote now that Elizabeth Warren has gone into hiding.