Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is running for president, but it’s not clear if everyone actually knows that. The New York Democrat has struggled to get any media attention for her flailing campaign, and she is in danger of being left off the next Democratic debate stage due to her poor performance with donors. The closest thing she came to a breakout moment was a viral video in which a young girl accidentally interrupted her speech at a pizza restaurant, threw her hands up innocently, and yelled: “I’m just trying to get some ranch!” Other than that, it’s been crickets, crickets, and more crickets.
And now Gillibrand’s friends and former staffers are urging her to throw in the towel. In interviews with The New York Post, one longtime fundraiser for the senator said she should look realistically at her chances and come back to Earth.
“It would be best if she decided that this was not her time,” the fundraiser told The Post. “Most people that I talk to are very happy with her as their senator and don’t want her to give up her Senate seat and don’t see any realistic traction for her.”
Gillibrand has yet to secure the 130,000 unique donors she will need to qualify for the next ABC News debate, even though such competitive luminaries as Marianne Williamson have already hit that mark. The New York senator has focused her campaign on fringe garbage like feminism and, worse, white privilege, neither of which is going to speak to any substantial voting bloc, other than the crazies on Twitter. And even they don’t seem all that excited about her.
“I don’t know that anyone even wants to see her on the debate stage. Everyone I have talked to finds her performative and obnoxious,” a former staffer told the Post. “She comes across as an opportunist to the public. I think that’s the biggest problem. I think she’ll have to seriously evaluate her campaign and her candidacy if she doesn’t make this debate.”
But this is a woman who said that she could turn suburban white women against Trump by going into their neighborhoods and explaining white privilege to them in great detail. We’d say that more than earns her the title of “obnoxious,” and it casts some pretty serious doubts as to her mental fitness for office.
It’s time for Democrats to start thinning the field. If Gillibrand is still around for the Iowa vote next year, we’ll be very – very – surprised.