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“A remarkable success in an era of ” she tells me drily.Tennessee Republican Bob Corker once called Gillibrand a “honey badger.” One of her staffers says what this means is “she will work over her Republican colleagues hard to find a place they can agree.” (Dems, too: “Kirsten will follow somebody down the hall to talk to them about an issue, follow them into their office,” says Elizabeth Warren.) One of her favorite Republican partners, Susan Collins, whose wedding shower Gillibrand helped to throw five years ago, described her as “very tenacious, and I mean that as a great compliment.” In early March, Collins and Gillibrand filed legislation to protect seniors against fraud, and Gillibrand hopes to persuade Collins to become a Republican co-sponsor of the Family Act, Gillibrand’s big paid-family-leave bill.
What I don’t know is if Republicans will stand up to him or not.” If they do, she believes, it will be because of pressure from their constituents.
One of Gillibrand’s staffers describes her as “hair-on-fire excited” about the numbers of calls her colleagues are receiving from voters on any number of issues. Nobody told people to run to JFK after the immigration ban.
“I’ve certainly never lived through an era like this,” Gillibrand says. The message isn’t coming from Washington; that’s the crux.
The question will be whether Democrats can keep it together for the next test: the confirmation vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Schumer has called for a filibuster, which Gillibrand of course supports: “I feel we have enough votes to defeat his nomination.
Through some combination of happenstance and remarkable political instincts, she often manages to show up there early.
When I first meet Gillibrand, it’s two and a half weeks after the inauguration, and she is rattled. “Constant anxiety dreams.” She describes waking in the middle of the night, fretting over a friend’s daughter who’d tried to sell her Girl Scout cookies: “ So at three in the morning I’m typing out this email,” pretending to have a Girl Scout cookie emergency.
“Each elected leader,” Gillibrand said, her voice growing stronger, “has been placed in that position of authority for a time such as this …
We are the ones who have to fight against the hateful words that come from the highest places, from the places of power in Washington.” With increasing volume and assuredness, she called on the congregation to “ ‘put on the full armor of God, so that on the day evil comes, today, you’ll be able to stand your ground’ … ” Gillibrand moved on to Philippians, shouting as the crowd rose to its feet, “We are the ones that God placed here at a time such as this to fight!
(Warren’s constituents were so furious after she voted for HUD Secretary Ben Carson that she was forced to explain herself on Facebook.) Gillibrand’s Cabinet votes lined up with her principles: “I look at each nominee,” she told me. If they’re worthy, I vote for them.” But her positioning was also savvy.
One of her strengths, sometimes mistaken for a hollow willingness to shape-shift, is her nose for where her constituents, and the country, are headed.
“This little girl is doing what she’s supposed to be doing, learning how to ask for the raise, and I totally dissed it!