By Dave Andrusko
It could have changed in the last 30 minutes, but as of a half-hour ago, 22 Democrats had announced they are running for President in 2020. What got me thinking about this was literally the minute I sat down to think about what would be the last post of the day, I read a story in POLITICO headlined “Desperate Dems strive to make DNC [Democratic National Committee] criteria.”
Without getting deep into insider baseball, suffice it to say that (a) “The DNC has capped the number of debate participants at 20”; and (b) they have changed the criteria for how candidates qualify for a coveted spot in the debates, particularly as it relates to the “new donor threshold” (“65,000 individual donors” before the first primary debates).
I mention this as background to something directly related to our interests. Many to most of the candidates are barely known, even senators such as pro-abortion Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. They are constantly looking for an “edge,” something that will stir small donors to contribute something, anything, on the way to 65,000 (a number that could well increase the closer we get to 2020).
So what’s Gillibrand’s gimmick? A surprise, of sort, for not being a surprise. In an uniformly pro-abortion field, she vowed, “I will only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade and protect reproductive rights.”
Not exactly a profile in courage for a Democrat but…
She adds,” I realize that traditionally, presidents and presidential candidates haven’t drawn lines in the sand on judicial appointment.” But that’s so yesterday.
“American women deserve a president who will fiercely defend their rights,” Gillibrand concludes.
POLITICO’s Elena Schneider ends her story with
“At the bottom of her post, Gillibrand asks supporters to sign on to her pledge and links to her website for email collection.”