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Kirsten Gillibrand’s brand is set: “Lightweight”

Kirsten Gillibrand’s brand is set: “Lightweight”

“Lightweight Gillibrand” may join “Low Energy Jeb” “Little Marco” and “Pocahontas Elizabeth Warren” as effective Trump branding of political enemies.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making a lot of enemies in the Democratic Party these days.

Having clung to Bill and Hillary Clinton like a cheap suit her entire political career, Gillibrand turned on Bill when it became inconvenient in the current #MeToo climate to continue worshipping him, as I wrote in Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand disavows Bill Clinton now that he can’t help her anymore. Clintonworld was not amused with that backstabbing opportunism.

Progressive Democrats also are furious with Gillibrand for the way she turned on a dime against Al Franken. A recent article in The New Republic highlights Gillibrand’s role in this craven sacrificing of Franken:

The whole thing happened with startling speed—no deliberations, no process, and no pause for thought, it seemed. The main actors against him got increasingly worked up—and they struck at the first opportunity. The entire episode, from when the first complaint about Franken was aired to when he announced unhappily that he’d leave the Senate, took three weeks; his self-appointed prosecutors turned on a dime, at first supporting and then throwing process (consideration by the Senate ethics committee) to the wind. There wasn’t even a meeting of the party caucus to deliberate and discuss. (Male Democratic senators with misgivings didn’t want to get in the way of the women.) A group of Democratic women senators got up a head of steam; its ringleader, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, declared, a doctrine of “zero tolerance.” “Enough is enough!” became not just an expression of exasperation but a policy.

It’s no secret that Gillibrand fancies herself a potential national candidate, if not for President in 2020 then at least on the ticket.

That likely is why she has thrust herself into a leading role in attacking not just Trump, but fellow male Democrats. Gillibrand wants to ride the #MeToo wave and to make herself its political enforcer. Sacrificing someone like Franken is small potatoes when the real goal is taking on Trump.

So it’s no surprise that Gillibrand is on Trump’s radar. Trump, as I’ve written many times before, has a knack for branding people with epithets that are damaging but also are based on a certain kernel of reality. “Low Energy Jeb” worked because, well, Jeb was kind of low energy, at least in public. Same with Trump’s branding of Marco Rubio as “Little Marco” and Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” — whether you like the term or not, it raises the problem of Warren’s ethnic deception in claiming to be Native American.

Gillibrand attacked Trump when some of the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment during the campaign were trotted out again as part of the Democrat/Media strategy to reinvigorate the War on Women campaign theme.

Trump shot back with a tweet that has generated a lot of attention, but I think that attention misses what Trump was doing.

Everyone focused on the part of the tweet about Gillibrand “would do anything” for campaign contributions. That was called a sexual double entendre, sexist, and so on.

Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against that narrative:

Regardless, people have lost sight of the beginning of the tweet, branding Gillibrand as “Lightweight.”

I have to say, if you asked me to do word association with Gillibrand, “lightweight” definitely would be on the list. Anyone who has followed her career knows that she never has accomplished much other than self-promotion by latching onto others (the Clintons, Schumer).

So as with “Low Energy Jeb,” Trump is onto something with “Lightweight Gillibrand.” There’s at least a kernel of truth there, which is why the branding will be effective, if Trump keeps it up.


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You forgot “Lyin’ Ted”.

Gillibrand changed her position on the 2nd amendment when she left Congress faster than Ted Kennedy did on off shore drilling.

We can like him or not, we can like what he does or not, but we cannot deny 3 things:
1- He is effective
2- That’s why he won
3- That’s why the other Republicans before him lost

The Democrats play nasty and they are backed by corrupt, lying MSM. You can’t fight them with velvet gloves.

    YellowSnake in reply to Exiliado. | December 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I think that people are catching on to Trump. It is funny how the closer you live to where Trump lived, the less you like him.

    His act wears thin. Think about it – he lost twice in Alabama. I know he claims he won. But what did he win?

The Dims are gonna put her on a ticket behind “Coomo”,
after Coomo beats Mark Zukkkerhill for the nomination.

Exiting time awaits y’all, my Demokratts!

    4th armored div in reply to frankiefrank. | December 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” It looks like he meant it.

    The Facebook co-founder has been invoking Judaism a lot lately. In May, he quoted a Jewish prayer at Harvard’s commencement. Two weeks ago he posted a picture of his daughter with a family kiddush cup. And on Saturday night, he posted a public apology at the end of Yom Kippur.

    don’t need anti semetic remarks from you.

      Un-Suh-Wreckt in reply to 4th armored div. | December 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      There’s hope for Zuke. People get more conservative as they get older, in part because of biology, which doesn’t point to a wise conservatism, but also in some cases due to experience and a touch of humility. MZ is still young, so it sounds like he’s eyeing the roads out of the liberal forest with thought, not just by reflex.

Kernel of truth? How about Grifter Trump. You either haven’t figured it out or you think you are in on the joke. Do you really belief that Trump will not benefit from the changes in the tax law?

practicalconservative | December 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

When I think of Kirsten, I think lightweight snowflake. Her lack of perspicuity is exceeded only by her utter lack of loyalty.

Is that Senator Lightweight wiggling her middle finger suggestively while holding First Perv bill klinton’s hand?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm

A classic comment Professor.

RE: “Having clung to Bill and Hillary Clinton like a cheap suit….”

“…her entire political career, Gillibrand turned on Bill..”

Gillibrand is a prime example of the foolishness of voting gender to get a better quality of politician. Women can be just as evil, dishonest and greedy as the men.

Wasn’t it Sci-Fi writer from my younger years Robert Heinlein who claimed women could be worse because they have more depth?

And what shall be the Trump Family brand……..PERVERTS ARE US?

    Barry in reply to Lee Jan. | December 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    You commie pervert. The D party perverts are dropping like flies everywhere.

    Your entire party may have to be replaced at the current rate.

    And we don’t even have to pay the accusers…

While I recognize that Senator F-Bomb’s adoption of the sexual harassment issue is primarily political, even a lightweight can do a lot of damage on this issue by changing Title IX rules to force colleges to do away with due process on claims of sexual harassment on campus.