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Friday, January 23, 2009

Meet The New Junior Senator From New York

Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand will apparently be getting the appointment after Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg teetered back into her withdrawal.



Not knowing anything about her, my first thought was that it was a savvy move on Governor Paterson's part, to appoint a relative unknown. It's also in line with the Burris appointment of keeping the minority watchers happy, although in this case it is even more untainted.

My second thought was, that woman is way too pretty to be a Democrat. We are talking Bella Abzug country, after all.

And sure enough, I found the Village Voice wringing its hands at the prospect. Here's why.

In the article "Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?", they mention her ample Republican bonafides.

The irony is that Paterson may be swinging from the nation's most prominent Democratic family to one with strong Republican ties. Gillibrand's father, Doug Rutnik, is an Albany insider and lobbyist whose ties to former GOP powerhouses Joe Bruno, George Pataki and Al D'Amato are legendary.

Palladian, the star Althouse commenter, summed it up for a lot of people when he wrote:

Wow, so the people of New York State will actually get someone from New York State but not from New York City to represent them in the Senate? Cool. And she's not a celebrity or a "princess" and she makes the Village Voice unhappy? Even better.

I am very sorry for Caroline Kennedy, but it seems her camp botched her roll-out, and she did herself no favours by seeming to want the seat, without having the stomach for the fight.

It's one thing to be a Kennedy hungry to serve. It's another to stumble onto the scene, and expect a plum to fall on one's lap after lunching with Al Sharpton.

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3 Comments:

  • How odd is it really that the 2nd generation to the 'family business' doesn't have the [name appropriate body part] to do what it takes to get the job and get it done?

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Jan 23, 06:17:00 am GMT-5  

  • Why do you, as a conservative Republican, like Caroline Kennedy?

    Your incomprehensible support for her diminishes your support for Palin.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jan 23, 10:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'll recap Tammy Bruce's support for Mrs. Schlossberg: she's qualified by virtue of being a citizen over 35; she's a successful Kennedy from what we can gather--nice husband and decent children and successfully avoided scandal herself; she's a female and Hillary made that a woman's seat; she seems reasonable and might actually work across the aisle; she's a real New Yorker, so the carpet-bagging issue goes away; it coulda worked.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Jan 23, 10:59:00 am GMT-5  

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