New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been running as the candidate looking after women and using that as her sword as well as her shield.
Thinking that she had found a weakness in former VP Joe Biden’s armor when it came to the fairer sex, Gillibrand launched after Biden’s history of failure with women. To put it bluntly, it didn’t go well for Gillibrand. Biden recounted his history of support for women but immediately turned it on Gillibrand, reminding her that she herself had praised him for his support of women throughout his career.
Just to make sure his correction had some teeth to it, Biden didn’t stop there. Gillibrand must have forgotten that she’s dealing with a seasoned pro, as Biden effortlessly swept Gillibrand’s legs out from under her with a single comment.
“I don’t know what happened except you’re now running for president,” said Biden.
Video: Joe Biden drops that truth bomb on Kirsten Gillibrand during their equal pay squabble -> "I don't know what happened except you're now running for president" #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Sx8HTCM8UD
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The crowd erupted in cheers as Gillibrand struggled to respond. When she did finally get something to come back at Biden with, the moderators were cutting her off.
It was not a good look for Gillibrand.
Then again, Gillibrand hasn’t been looking good from the start. At best, she’s been something of a tag-a-long candidate whose best bet at this point is to obtain a cabinet position. Gillibrand has been polling at 0 percent despite being recognized by seven in ten Americans.
This is seen on the debate stage as well. She’s often forgotten the moment the camera leaves her. Her attack on Biden was her chance to try to make a name for herself and wiggle her way out of obscurity. The problem is that Gillibrand chose a specialty for her platform that all the others have invested some time in as well, being that Democrats and feminism are often bedfellows. You can bet that every politician on that stage has some kind of record to show in supporting women.
Gillibrand isn’t bringing anything effective to the fight, and as such was quickly put down by Biden who is also more clever and experienced than she is.
At this point, Gillibrand is likely done save for a miracle.