Last Word: Tulsi Gabbard’s duck on impeachment vote

Duck and run is no way to winRep. Tulsi Gabbard did not meet the qualifications for Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Los Angeles. It’s just as well. On Wednesday, the Hawaii Democrat showed she is not quite up to her current job as a voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the most consequential decision a House member can make — whether to impeach a U.S. president — Gabbard walked away from her duty by voting “present.” She might as well have voted “absent.” Her rationalization was unsatisfying. “I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she said in a statement. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.” Her refusal to take a stand earned her a spot as a trending topic on Twitter with hashtags such as #TulsiIsARussianAgent and #TulsiIsACoward. It might, however, advance her aspirations to become a commentator on Fox News. John Diaz, editorial page editor

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