As The Week’s Matthew Walther noted, Gabbard was the only candidate to be denied a speaking slot despite winning delegates, which is quite the slight.

“It is strange to think that only four years ago Gabbard was still considered a rising star in the Democratic Party,” wrote Walther. “At the DNC in 2016, it was Gabbard who was chosen to nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders as the official second-place finisher in the delegate tally, the role taken on Tuesday night by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. These days Gabbard is a pariah in her party.”

Gabbard is not seeking reelection to her House seat. That’s a shame. Independent thinking is likely to be in short supply when the 117th Congress is seated.