The Democratic Party was hailing their 2020 presidential nomination field chock full of six women just a few months ago, in the summer of 2019. It was the first year in the history of the United States that six women entered the race.
“The value of having multiple women candidates is that they force us to think about women candidates in a way that is not monolithic,” Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers told reporters last year.
Many #MeToo proponents and feminatzis had been dreaming of a female nominee to step into the shoes of catastrophic, failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton until they started falling like trees in a windstorm.
Flash forward to February, 2020 — the three remaining ‘suffragettes,’ Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Hawaii Congresswoman and Army veteran Tulsi Gabbard are no longer welcome. Will wearing white suits buy them some extra time?
Desperate Democrats are practically pushing them out of the race as Independent Senator Bernie Sanders threatens a Socialist takeover of the party. Strategists predict a catastrophic election blowout for its down ballot candidates in November if he is the nominee.
As the party frantically struggles to unite moderate voters around one candidate to counter his rise, strategists are accusing the women of “clogging the drain.” Frustration is building as none of them are likely to drop out before the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
The field of female candidates was once stocked with assorted shrews, phonies, liars and staff abusers and some gained short-lived, or fleeting momentum until the public began to see beyond the façade.
The first woman to drop out was New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand whose brief campaign ended last August. Next was California Senator Kamala Harris, the second black woman senator in U.S. history, who tearfully dropped out last December.
Marianne Williamson, author, activist, and Oprah’s spiritual advisor, dropped out in January. These women begged for money until their campaigns were running on fumes before finally giving up.
A New York Times/Siena College poll last November found that 41 percent of respondents who supported Joe Biden but not Elizabeth Warren agreed with the statement that “most of the women who run for president ‘just aren’t that likable.’”
Who is going to keep these misogynistic male presidential candidates in line? Queue Warren excoriating billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg for attacking “horse-face lesbians.”
Klobuchar is feeling the most heat after her poor showings in the Nevada caucuses last Saturday. Party bosses say she faces a nearly insurmountable obstacle course to win the nomination as she struggles to build a diverse coalition of voters.
A CBS News–YouGov survey of South Carolina primary voters on Sunday, where a majority of the Democratic electorate is black, suggests she will have a poor showing next Tuesday. She is running in sixth place with 4 percent support. Among black voters, she has only 2 percent support.
Many are also asking why Gabbard is still running for the nomination, since she faces long odds as well. She finished seventh place in the New Hampshire primary, but insists that she is “still very focused on being the Democratic nominee.”
Warren has placed third, fourth and fourth in the first three contests, and believes she is building momentum after solid debate performances. If she can’t turn her debate momentum into votes she will face increasing calls for her to bow out.
Bloomberg will also appear on primary ballots across the country on Super Tuesday, which could fracture the moderate vote even more. Gabbard excoriated the Democratic National Committee for allowing him to enter the race on a Fox News Radio podcast last Wednesday. She told Fox News Rundown host Jessica Rosenthal that Bloomberg was allowed to enter the race by influencing the DNC to change its rules to benefit his candidacy, which is unfair to the American electorate.
“It’s wrong, and it’s voters in these primaries and caucuses that are unfortunately losing out because of the DNC decisions in Washington,” said Gabbard. “It’s clear that the DNC would rather hear from Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire, rather than hearing from me — the only person of color left in this race, the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, and the voice that I bring from so many Americans that really challenges the establishment of the powerful elite,” she said.
Democrats fear that Sanders could amass a lead so great on Super Tuesday, when roughly a third of pledged delegates are up for grabs, that it would become nearly impossible for any other candidate to surpass him.