Thursday, January 22, 2009

New York Guesses and Waits as Kennedy Bows Out

I am reading the New York Times article about the search for Hillary Clinton's replacement with amazement. The article looks like it was written by a North Korean Communist Party member who can not understand an open selection process. It has now come out that the successor annointed by the New York Times and Mike Bloomberg has dropped out. Some say it was in anticipation of a rejection by Governor Patterson. Talk circulated of nanny problems and personal issues that would have been an embarrassment to Ms. Kennedy-Schlossberg. The New York Times reported as follows.

"ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson, after a confusing and even embarrassing two-month ordeal, said Thursday that he would announce a replacement to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate seat at noon on Friday.

Mr. Paterson made the announcement after a day of anonymous and often bitter sniping over Caroline Kennedy’s mystifying departure from the Senate field, which, after several twists and turns, was announced shortly after midnight on Thursday."

When the New York Times finds fault with the Governor, then there is a good chance that he must be doing something right. There is actually a possibility that Governor Patterson was conducting a genuine talent search instead of a coy charade before the inevitable Kennedy coronation. A governor in New York must balance the vastly different sensibilities of New York City's eight million residents and the twelve million New Yorkers who live out of the five boros.

The rumours now circulating centre on Kirsten Gillibrand, an up state New Yorker endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The Times reports as follows.

"But among lawmakers, Democratic operatives and even some of the governor’s advisers, the name most frequently mentioned as the likely pick was Representative Kirsten E. Gillibrand, though other candidates, including Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, were not ruled out.

But if Mr. Paterson is hoping to quiet the tumult by picking Ms. Gillibrand, there are already indications he may not get his wish. Ms. Gillibrand, a centrist Democrat from upstate who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, is controversial among some of the party’s more liberal leaders downstate."

The New York Times seems to be reeling from the slight to their sensibilities and judgment that the National Rifle Association is getting more respect than they are.

A critical piece of information has escaped the New York Times fact checkers. Not only is there life out of New York City, but also voters in the outer five Boros who think more like upstate New Yorkers. In my neighbourhood, you have to walk a few blocks to find a copy of the New York Times. It seems that the proletariat and the poor so favoured by the New York Times have cut the ritzy rag out of their budget. Although there is a lot of support for rent control and anti poverty programs, there is also a lot of people who send their children to private religious schools who don't particularly like the New York Times opposition to tuition tax credits.

But the New York Times does not seek out the man in the street for his opinion if that street is in Brooklyn or Queens. If they want to find out what the working class and the poor need, all they have to do is dial a Kennedy.

According to the New York Times, "And whomever the governor appoints, the announcement is unlikely to immediately undo the public relations damage over the collapse of Ms. Kennedy’s candidacy or put to rest criticism that the governor has lost control of the selection process. "

There is a serious control problem here that we must face head on. The New York Times has lost control of Governor Patterson. He is actually pondering a vast range of interests and concerns before making up his mind. How old fashioned.

The next person favoured by the New York Times seems to be Carolyn McCarthy, an stalwart gun control activist who took up the cause after her husband was shot to death on the Long Island railroad by a racist gunman in 1993. Despite great personal sympathy for Ms McCarthy, many New Yorkers wonder if a legally armed New Yorker riding the train could have stopped the shooting rampage before her husband was killed.

You have to give the New York Times credit for going down living according to their own principles. Instead of practicing Reaganomics and cutting their Newsstand price to fifty Cents to increase the number of readers, they are maintaining a newsstand price of $1.50 increasing the burden upon their shrinking customer base.

It is amusing to see how shocked and hurt the New York Times is that the State's first African American Governor assigns so little value to their opinion.

It would have been best for all concerned if a special election had been called. Governor Patterson, as stipulated by the laws of New York did the next thing. He conducted an honest and thorough search for a suitable candidate. He did not take bribes. He did not bow to royalty or power.

I don't know who Patterson will appoint to the Senate. He's a real good poker player. And I think he is a good governor as well. Sphere: Related Content

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