Posts Tagged ‘Paterson’

23rd January
2009
written by Sean Noble

 In a very interesting, and unexpected, twist on Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, New York Gov. Dave Paterson is going to appoint Kirsten Gillibrand, a second term Congresswoman from upstate New York.

This is a very smart move on Paterson’s part.  Gillibrand is from one of the most Republican districts in New York.  She won her seat after Congressman John Sweeney was busted on drunken driving charges with a woman other than his wife in the car in the wee hours of the morning.

Gillibrand then defended her last November against a multi-millionaire Republican in what was the most expensive Congressional race in the country.

Having Gillibrand on the statewide ticket will help all other statewide Democrats.  But the liberals in New York don’t see it that way – their screaming bloody murder.  Well, not all liberals.  The person pushing Gillibrand the hardest was Senator Chuck Schumer. 

Schumer is a smart, ruthless, self-absorbed kind of guy.  And he is a bully.  I watched him first-hand when I was staffing the Waco hearings back in 1995.  He would badger witnesses that he didn’t like, he played to the press every time he opened his mouth.  In short, he tried to make the hearings into a circus as to discredit the importance of them.

So, now Gillibrand will join Chuck’s circus in the Senate.  Word of caution for her: don’t get between Chuck and a news camera, you’ll get run over by Chuck.

22nd January
2009
written by Sean Noble

The saga of the on-again, off-again, appointment of Caroline Kennedy to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton demonstrates that even the most famous name in American politics isn’t always enough to get you in the game.

Kennedy’s potential appointment was always a bit of a mystery to me.  New York AG Andrew Cuomo is a battle-tested pol who has a strong machine in New York.  Kennedy has some of that mystic star power, but after a disastrous interview with New York 1 TV, and AP that luster began to fade.

New York Governor Paterson, while initially flirting with the idea of appointing Kennedy, made a smart decision in tapping Cuomo.  He will be much harder for a Republican to defeat than Kennedy would have been.  Kennedy sensed she needed a graceful exit, and was said to pull her own name out of contention.  But now the New York Times is reporting that it was tax problems.  Don’t believe it for a second.  She isn’t going for confirmation hearings – Paterson’s people are just trying to save face with Kennedy partisans.

Ultimately, we were spared the prospect of the continuation of a political dynasty – because Caroline Kennedy was not ready for prime time.  Camelot is fading away…