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How to choose a senator
December 18, 2008 - John Stack
The Blagojevic political travesty sure is fun theater. This is a guy who is obviously completely devoid of any sense of right and wrong as well as being a complete sociopath. His LEAST problem is trying to benefit financially from selling Obama's Illinois Senate seat. He has plenty of other , worse problems. What makes it more ridiculous is that he KNEW he was under FBI probes and that most likely all of his phones were bugged, yet continued on as if omnipotent.
Which brings us to the NYS Senate post currently held by Hillary Clinton. The front runners seem to be Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo, progeny of 2 of our political royalty. Andrew Cuomo does seem to have the resume to take the job. Caroline Kennedy is worse prepared than the Winker from Wasilla. Yeah, she can get into all the conversations just with her last name. But, she seems to have spent her life as a philanthropist. That doesn't exactly prepare you for the blood sport of American politics at the highest level. Plus, as a Senator, at any one time, she may have most of her colleagues against her, as well as the electorate. In her previous (or current) life, people were always happy for what she was doing. That would end. But, for me, I don't think either should be appointed to the vacant seat. Both are icons of the liberal democrats. Right now, the liberal part of the democratic party may be in some favor, but that won't last forever. Karl Rove's personal quest back in 2000 was to create a 'permanent Republican majority' . And we see how far that has gone. There are literally MILLIONS of New Yorkers who won't vote for any Kennedy or any Cuomo. Its possible the seat could easily be lost if things go bad for the Democrats nationally over the next couple years.
I of course support Gillibrand for the spot. Young, ambitious and surely not liberal. To create a 'permanent or long lasting' Democrat majority, I think she could fit the bill. Over the next few years, she could easily make a name for herself in the Seanate. Plus, she has no real natural enemies (she got a 100% rating from the NRA as a Democrat!). Also, NY could be represented by someone who is not so ideologically oriented as Cuomo and Kennedy. I think most New Yorkers could get behind Gillibrand as a Senator.
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