Tulsi in Person and 27,000 More Needed
Got to see Tulsi in person at Bronco Billy's Pizza Palace in Fremont, CA yesterday. There were well over 100 people there (probably less than 200) and it was standing room only with people in an overflow next door. The energy was amazing, with people very pumped.
Tulsi was in very forceful form last night, actually appearing angry at times saying regarding the current political climate that "This is not a joke!" giving an example of how an amendment she proposed only got 60 co-signers out of 435 that would have removed 3 pages that allow the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to do anything they choose--without any approval from Congress--to Iran, including going to war. She was royally pissed. She reiterated a point she made in San Francisco a day earlier where she said she was not intimidated by the number of stars someone has on their shoulder, and that she did not fear the military-industrial complex. She was bold, her voice carried weight, and yet at the same time completely composed.
Later in the question and answer part, one woman of seemingly Middle Eastern or Persian ethnicity completely broke down asking how she could be sure Tulsi would actually do something--Obama had promised much of the same and nothing had come of it. What power do any of us have over it and would Tulsi be pressured into doing nothing once in power? It was something to see and hear, and was almost heart breaking the emotion she put into it. Tulsi came down and hugged her in a very tight hug for what seemed like a full minute, and at least 4 full grown (and burly) men that I could see took out or asked for tissues to wipe their eyes. It was moving, and Tulsi spoke about people like all of us needing to be heard.
More than ever, I know she has what it takes to be an extraordinary leader.
Yesterday, her campaign announced they had 38,148 individual donors. Today, that number seems to have climbed to around 38,600. Tulsi has the rest of March, and all of April and May to reach 65,000 individual donors in order to get into the televised Democratic debates. That means she needs about 27,000 new individuals to donate to her campaign.
(As an aside, assuming an average of $27 per donor, that means she's running at around $1 million right now.)
Please, if you have any interest in seeing Tulsi on those debates, and are willing to undergo a bit of Tulsi spam, donate a bit to her. Doesn't matter how much, even $1 will count. Go to Tulsi2020.com and follow the links to do so. If ActBlue isn't working for you (as it wasn't for me), or if you just won't do ActBlue to donate, there is a mailing address for checks. Please include your occupation and employer in order to be counted as a separate donor.
She is in Las Vegas campaigning tonight. From March 21 through at least March 24 she will be blanketing New Hampshire with appearances.
Post scriptum: one other interesting note--this streak of white in Tulsi's hair is natural. It appeared during her rotations in Iraq. She decided to keep it and not color it as a reminder of the rotations she had there.