January 22, 2009
If Not Caroline Kennedy, Who?
So it looks like last night Gov. Paterson kicked Caroline Kennedy to the curb. Who will the new nominee be then? Halperin has a list of possibilities. I'm betting it'll be Kirsten Gillibrand. Off Halperin's list, I'd rather it was Brian Higgins or Steve Israel or maybe Byron Brown (I don't know anything about Randi Weingarten). I'll be most annoyed if it's Andrew Cuomo.
Posted by armand at January 22, 2009 10:47 AM
| Posted to Politics
Her stances on immigration and guns fly in the face of most NY Democrats. She's cast some bad votes on gay rights. Naming her opens up a House district that is more Republican than Democratic. This pick was so about balancing the ticket Paterson hopes to be a part of in 2010. But in the process he's picked a nominee who is sure to be primaried, and sown division in the party - which could certainly endanger his ability to remain on that ticket. This was not a savvy choice, no matter how good a fundraiser she is, nor how close she is to Schumer, Cuomo and the Clintons.
My first thought is that Schumer is such a fucking despicable America-hating thugocrat on guns that an NRA-friendly junior senator is the least they could come up with. But I do agree there isn't a whole lot to recommend her in and of herself.
Well I can see her having pluses in general - but a lot of minuses when it comes to the Democratic electorate in New York. But maybe Ben Smith is right and any potential challenger to her will be scared off by the "thugocrat" you mention.