Political Radar


March 18th, 2013

Political insiders in Hawaii have marveled at new U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's ability to attract national media attention in the short time the young Hawaii Democrat has been in Congress.

Gabbard, who was barely a blip in the local media when she served on the Honolulu City Council, has scored spots on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press" this month.

The Hill reports that Gabbard has a cameo in "Chasing the Hill," a fictional show about a congressional campaign.

4 Responses to “Chasing”

  1. Kolea:

    Here's an idea for a "fictional" show about a congressional campaign. A young woman grows up in a secretive Hare Krishna cult, the daughter of two of the guru's top lieutenants. The cult leader spends decades trying to get his supporters elected to political office with limited success. The young girl is groomed from an early age to be a leader in the group. Is directed to join the military in order to build a resume for higher office.

    Seeing the world in the military, outside of the guru's influence, the young woman expands her understanding. Upon returning the her home town and the guru's orbit, she works to be granted more independence and abandon the issues with which the cult had been most closely identified in order to make herself more electable. The guru grants her permission. She runs and wins a congressional seat.

    Now in Washington, she tries to navigate between the demands of the cult and her own understanding of the world, striving for balance and unsure how things will turnout. Sort of like "Homeland." Only instead of a secret Muslim terrorist, the congress member is a secret Hare Krishna.

    Or would that plot line be too "implausible" for Hollywood?

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Bravo, Kolea, you've taken the kernel of idea (the fiction -- so far -- that is Tulsi Gabbard) and fleshed it out better than I ever could have.

    And, no, it's not too implausible. After all, the story of the Trojan Horse has survived thousands of years and even made it on to the big screen. Maybe we'll see this story of the Trojan Horse Politician made into a Hollywood hit!

  3. Gary:

    You fellows are both right about Tulsi. I have seen her in two other campaigns: the first for City Council and the other for Congress. I have seen her able to gather endorsements from people I have respected in the past. But the discrepancies in her life history and background continue to puzzle me. For example, she keeps referring to herself as a "combat veteran". She served in a support position, not a "combat" one. In her race for council, she was Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo. Shortly after her election, she announced that she is now divorced. She was probably involved in a paper marriage with a man from the Philippines. After serving on the council for less than a year, she decides to run for Congress. Then after that election, she applies for the Senate seat, even though she never served a day in the House seat. She will now probably run for the Senate in 2014.

    Someday we will find out more about this person. And I predict we will not like what we learn.

  4. Especially Incognito:

    Seems that one wears a supporter has that empty feeling.


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