Kirsten Gillibrand’s “White Privilege” Fails to Secure Her Democratic Nomination
At some point over the course of her abbreviated run for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York decided that she would be the ambassador of white privilege, in addition to eradicating all things sexist in politics. She informed viewers at the Democratic debates that she was uniquely qualified to go into suburban districts across the country, talk to white female Trump supporters, and explain to them why they were only voting that way because of their unearned white privilege.
Somehow, this message failed to resonate with voters.
In turn, Gillibrand’s own white privilege failed miserably, leaving her short of the qualifications she needed to appear at the next debate.
Thus, she announced Wednesday that she was pulling out of the race.
“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Gillibrand said in her early concession. “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”
But Gillibrand acknowledged that she would support “whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”
Ooh, does that mean that those suburban lectures on white privilege are still on the table? How exciting.
Of course, being a woman, none of this failure was actually her fault, as The New York Times helpfully explained.
“If Ms. Gillibrand never engineered a breakthrough moment for herself, she also appeared, at times, to suffer from a combination of ill fortune and missteps,” they reported. “A late March rally Ms. Gillibrand planned outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York was blotted out by the media frenzy accompanying the submission of the Mueller report to the Justice Department. An early appearance on Rachel Maddow’s coveted prime time show was dominated by Ms. Maddow’s biting introduction of Ms. Gillibrand as a candidate who once held conservative positions on gun rights and border control. And by random drawing, Ms. Gillibrand appeared twice on the debate stage beside Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, whose rivalry consumed both events.”
Yeah, that sounds like some real hard luck. Confronted by a liberal pundit about her own positions, that’s just a tragic turn of fate right there…
In any case, with the sudden disappearance of John Hickenlooper and now Gillibrand, the Democratic field is finally starting to shrink. Though still comically large, we have to imagine that the coming weeks will see many other candidates strike out for the ol’ dusty trail, leaving Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden to fight it out amongst themselves. Will the Democratic Party go mildly left, hard left, or absurdly left? Only time will tell.