Democratic Civil War set for October battle as Tulsi returns to debate stage


The Democratic Party perhaps believed that they would magically find themselves united around the idea of a “formal impeachment inquiry”, but that just hasn’t been the case.

For months on end, the extraordinary size of the 2020 presidential primary field has kept the progressive politicking at a fever pitch.  Candidates are openly attacking one another via the media, social and otherwise, and expanding on the schism that has long existed among the moderate and liberal Democratic factions.

With nineteen candidates all blathering on at the same time on a debate stage, the decorum has undoubtedly suffered.

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Now, one of the party’s true firebrands is set for a return to just such a venue, and she’s brining a bit of trepidation with her.

Democrats are bracing for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to blow up the next Democratic presidential debate.

Gabbard missed the September debate and will be relegated to the side of the stage on Oct. 15 because she is polling lower than most of her rivals. But Gabbard, whose worldview on key issues diverges from other Democrats, has sharply criticized other candidates in each of her debates so far, including telling Kamala Harris that people “suffered under her reign” when Harris was California’s attorney general.

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Concerns have been swirling about Gabbard’s next move.

“She’s laid down some of the toughest attacks of all of the debates, first against [Rep. Tim] Ryan, later against Harris,” said Democratic strategist Mark Longabaugh, an adviser for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, which Gabbard supported. “If I’m on the stage with her in this upcoming debate, I’d certainly want to be prepared to rebut or to deal with Tulsi Gabbard coming at me.”

Gabbard has begun signaling that she’s looking to create a breakout moment in the upcoming debate. Last time, she criticized Harris’ foreign policy credentials in the days before she laid into Harris on criminal justice onstage. This time around, Gabbard questioned whether Warren is “prepared to be commander-in-chief” on The Hill’s show “Rising.”

“I haven’t seen much come from her in the way of what kind of leadership and decision making that she would bring to that most important responsibility that the president has,” Gabbard said about Warren.

The Hawaii Congresswoman exploded onto the scene just weeks ago after making a splash on the debate stage and earning the somewhat dubious honor of being the “most Googled” candidate in the moments following the televised event.

While some may see this as a feather in Tulsi’s cap, it should be noted that she shared this distinction with candidate Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and spiritual guru who once proclaimed Donald Trump to be a “dark, psychic force”.

 

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