Having nothing better to do, the Washington Post has taken to viewing the votes of Senators through the lens of the 2020 Presidential campaign.
Please, make it stop:
This tweet has gotten 85,000 retweets and likes in the past 27 hours.The only person who voted “no” on every Trump appointment was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Remember that in 2020.
— Rachel Gonzalez (@RachelRGonzalez) January 24, 2017
Remember that in 2020, indeed.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) name has come up as a potential Democratic presidential candidate before, of course — pretty much ever since she was appointed to replace that other female senator from New York who ran for president. Our own Chris Cillizza has put Gillibrand on his shortlist of leading 2020 Democratic candidates, and The Post’s Paul Kane, who covers her in the Senate, concurs.
Since that tweet, she broke her streak — voting for Nikki Haley to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations later Tuesday — but it is conspicuous that this former moderate congresswoman turned more-liberal senator has been so anti-Trump on the first few votes of the Trump era. She has now voted against three of four Trump Cabinet-level nominees, which is still more than any other Democrat.
For the love of God, can we wait until after the 2018 primaries, or after Trump leaves office, whichever comes first, before we start talking about the 2020 campaign?