Friday, January 23, 2009

And the new NY Senator is. . .

From The New York Post:

ALBANY - Gov. Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as New York's junior senator, it was learned last night.

The surprising - and, for many Democrats shocking - decision to pick the conservative Gillibrand, 42, from Hudson in Columbia County, was disclosed by the governor in calls to party officials and some members of the state's congressional delegation, many of whom said they were unhappy with the selection, sources said.

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Gillibrand has won two successive elections in one of the heaviest GOP districts in the state, first upsetting incumbent Rep. John Sweeney and, in November, defeating former state GOP chairman and multimillionaire Alexander Treadwell, in one of the most expensive races in the nation.

Liberal Democrats have been wary of her because she ran for re-election with the backing of the National Rifle Association, opposed the federal TARP program to rescue banks, and has been less than enthusiastic about gay marriage.

First of all we should remember that Sarah Brady could get NRA backing if she were heavily favored to win whatever election in which she was running as long as she would promise to give NRA representatives access to her office and to "seriously consider" their arguments.

But that aside it is interesting that the Blind Sheik would appoint a conservative (for New York) to fill Hillary Clinton's seat. It is even more interesting that the suggestion came from Chuck Schumer who said that an upstater (read, conservative - for New York) was needed on next year's ticket. This would seem to indicate that they are a great deal less confident about their future prospects than their outward demeanor would indicate.

This would suggest that they have little genuine hope that the little messiah's economic program will lift the nation out of recession. And why should they have any expectation that repeating actions that have always failed in the past would suddenly produce a different result now? No nation in the history of the planet has ever achieved prosperity through government spending. The best that can be hoped for is slow decline and the worst is utter collapse.

While having another member of the Senate who isn't a complete raving lunatic is good on one level I am still dissapointed that Princess Caroline of Camelot didn't get the job. As I've said before the more Democrats in elected office who can't hide their stupidity the better in the long run. Having Caroline the Dim sitting next to Al Franken with the baggage from his obviously stolen election hanging off of him like the chains on Marley's ghost and the token black appointed by Illinois criminal governor would help frame the 2010 mid-term elections correctly for the voting public.

Still, early signs of desperation from the left are something to cheer the heart.