Before I begin, I want to say that yes, I know that Elizabeth Warren announced her intensions before Tulsi and in 2016 I said that if Warren were running I would have strongly considered voting for her so by rights she should be a shoo-in for my early attention but I can’t help it, something is interesting to me about Tulsi Gabbard.
I’m not going to dig deep in this post, but I was really struck by how fast people started demonizing her right after she announced her intensions. Here’s what I posted at first:
The next day I read this thread:
Why was I seeing this and many, many other negative pieces about her? Who was this woman I’d barely heard of before? I needed to do at least a little research. But then I saw that she was on Joe Rogan so I downloaded the podcast and gave it a listen. I suggest you do as well!
After listening I was pretty impressed with how she approached things. She didn’t come off as too disingenuous (although it was clear she was indulging Rogan who has his own opinions that I’m not sure she shares) and she had some solid answers. But she still had a record of being anti-LGBT. What’s up with that?
Apparently she was raised in a pretty strict religious household and we all know that people growing up like that can totally be impressed. But we also know that once they get away and see the world there is hope that if they are smart, they can change. That seemed to happen with her and it’s discussed in this Politico article (referring to her recently released video below).
What’s the truth here? After hearing her on Rogan and reading this and seeing her video, I could be convinced she’s turned around on this issue. (though it could be cause she’s running and needs to cover loose ends).
So. That’s my initial peek at Tulsi. I kind of like her and I think that I need to look more at some of the things others are bringing up and I need to look at her voting record and speeches, etc. But for now, she’s got my attention.
I think I’m going to start right here with this piece on Medium. You should too.