It was a home court advantage. It was The View for crying out loud. Yet somehow, someway, New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand found a way to be absolutely decimated by nothing more than a simple – and obvious – line of questioning from Meghan McCain.
It started when perilously liberal host Joy Behar teed Gillibrand up to go after Donald Trump:
Gillibrand: Let’s talk about Trump first. He has multiple allegations…over a dozen allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. He should resign.
She went on to call for hearings to allow a “space” for Trump’s accusers to be heard. Her answers though left an obvious opening that even the dimmest bulb could have seen to drive through. McCain, who is not a dim bulb, did just that and left Gillibrand flummoxed.
McCain: Reportedly Hillary Clinton is under fire for covering up for a top adviser who was accused of sexual harassment back in 2007. Do you think her response this weekend was appropriate?
Gillibrand: Well…I…uh…as you know, I think (sigh) these things have to be dealt with whether you’re a Democrat, whether you’re a Republican, you need transparency, you need accountability, and no one is above criticism. Um, but in that case, I don’t know all the details.
Okay, but to be fair to Kristen, that’s not really apples to apples. It’s fair to expose that Gillibrand is willing to give her pal Hillary a pass on her complicity with a sexual harasser, but it’s not actually Hillary doing the harassing. If only there was some obvious Democrat harasser that someone could ask Gillibrand about to test whether her posturing was really a commitment to justice for women, or a commitment to Democrat Party advancement.
You know, like Hillary’s husband, perhaps.
McCain: That’s why a lot of people were surprised that it took you 20 years to say that Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Lewinsky scandal. So what do you say to that?
Gillibrand: I, uh, I think this moment of time we’re in is very different…
McCain: Can I ask if you regret campaigning with him though?
Gillibrand: It’s not about any one president and it’s not about any one industry. If we reduce it to that, we are missing the opportunity to allow women to be heard, to allow women to have accountability and transparency, and allow women to have justice.
Wait, it’s not about any one president? It sure seemed like it was just a few moments before when Behar had lobbed her a softball about Trump. Consistency is hard. Especially with elections coming up soon.
But let’s just say that if Kristen has her eye on the 2020 presidential race, she’s gonna want to come up with some form of a substantive answer to that question that doesn’t involve just throwing out buzzwords like “justice for women,” “transparency,” and accountability,” and hoping mindless people will applaud you like The View’s studio audience.