When Army combat veteran and telegenic Democrat member of Congress from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard showed guts by voting “present” at last month’s House impeachment vote, she must have known she would pay a big price from her fellow Democrats and their lapdog pals in the media.

She was right.

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Hillary Clinton, a woman who not only never served her country in uniform but has actively campaigned against U.S. combat troops in the field, called her a “Russian asset.” I believe psychiatrists call that “projection.” Though Hillary’s case would be ex post facto.

The Left in general has called for her head on a pike, expulsion from the party, and worse, making her attend a beer bash hosted by Elizabeth Warren.

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The latest slight is Gabbard’s exclusion from a CNN town hall scheduled only a few days before the New Hampshire primary. Now, there are rules for town hall inclusion that have to do with poll numbers. Gabbard is polling 5% in the Granite State. She is not included. Yet Democrat Governor Deval Patrick and limo leftist Tom Steyer, who are polling lower than she is, are included.

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Here’s Gabbard:

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CNN refuses to comment on the topic.

Yeah, I bet they do.

It would be tempting to put on the leftist frock for a moment and scream, “Sexism! Misogyny!” But the actual reason is much easier to ken.

The Democrat media grupenfuhrers will truck with no rebellion, no opposition, or no independence. This is especially true if the rebel has a national stage and makes a good impression on camera, thus guaranteeing her an audience.

However, Gabbard goes farther in offense than that.

Her manner is not hysterical, her tone is not histrionic, her judgment seems sober and reasonable. While she is too liberal for my taste, what she is doing in the modern Democratic Party is a mystery.

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She represents what that party used to be. The party of Harry Truman and John Kennedy that was driven into exile long ago by the likes of George McGovern, Ted Kennedy, and now by Democrat national de facto leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She may not be as moderate or even conservative on many issues as were Truman and Kennedy. But she has guts. She seems to, by her own lights, love this country.

And that’s something not many modern Dems can understand or tolerate.