As 2020 election metaphors go, there may never be a better one that what Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) posted today.
Getting ready for tonight’s CNN town hall! pic.twitter.com/ighOcg2w2s
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 9, 2019
Yes, that’s the Senator hitting softballs and Tweeting that it’s her “getting ready for tonight’s CNN town hall.”
As most on both sides of the political aisle are aware, CNN has built a reputation of propping up the candidates they like (also known as “Democrats”) by asking them questions designed to make them look good. They’ll go so far as to give the candidates the questions ahead of time (allegedly). It’s for this reason that the lack of awareness of this Tweet is so funny.
That awkward moment when a candidate doesn't realize the obvious metaphor of preparing for a CNN town hall by hitting softballs. https://t.co/MrZptveLDE
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) April 9, 2019
In the whole scheme of things, this really doesn’t matter. I would put Gillibrand’s chances of making it to the first caucus at about 50/50 with a projected campaign exit around a month later. She has neither the charisma nor the base support to justify her place in the race with Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders all in the same region doing much better. If Joe Biden were to enter the race, she could no longer claim to be the northeast moderate Democrat running. In other words, she would have no reason left to continue.
This metaphor is less about Kirsten Gillibrand and more about the sad reputation CNN has built for itself. That so many, even those on the left, instantly caught on to the implications tells us CNN is becoming a joke even to Democrats.
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