Friday, December 26, 2008

Maybe Resistance to Camelot is NOT Futile?

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Oh dear. The NY Times this article recently, Resistance to Kennedy Grows Among Democrats. Hmm - seems it is not as done a deal as we have been led to believe by the MSM:
Resistance is emerging among Democratic officials against Caroline Kennedy as she pursues Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat in the United States Senate, with Gov. David A. Paterson bristling over suggestions that her selection is inevitable, according to his advisers, and other leading Democrats concerned that she is too beholden to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

The governor is frustrated and chagrined, the advisers said, because he believes that he extended Ms. Kennedy the chance to demonstrate her qualifications but that her operatives have exploited the opportunity to convey a sense that she is all but appointed already. He views this as an attempt to box him in, the advisers said.

“You have people going around saying, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a done deal,’ ” said one of the advisers, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the selection process and did not want to anger the governor. “The quickest way to not get something you want is to step into somebody’s face.”

I had been wondering how Gov. Paterson was responding to all of the pressure he has been getting to give Kennedy Schlossberg Clinton's seat. Now I know:
The governor’s frustration follows reports last week that Kevin Sheekey, a top deputy to Mr. Bloomberg who has been advising Ms. Kennedy, had called a labor leader and told him that Ms. Kennedy was going to be senator, “so get on board now,” and that a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff was helping Ms. Kennedy reach out to unions.

It was not clear on Tuesday whether the governor’s reaction would seriously damage Ms. Kennedy’s chances to win the appointment or if it merely reflected Mr. Paterson’s desire to regain control of the selection process after Ms. Kennedy’s very public political debut.

But Ms. Kennedy’s ties to Mr. Bloomberg’s political team and her waffling over whether she would support a Democrat in next year’s mayoral race appear to be angering some Democrats. On Tuesday, Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, became the most senior elected official in the state to say that that Mr. Paterson should not select Ms. Kennedy to the Senate seat.

“If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this is the appointment I would want to make, whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the City of New York rather than the governor who would be appointing her," Mr. Silver said during an interview on WGDJ, an Albany radio station.

Mr. Silver has long had a testy relationship with Mr. Bloomberg, fueled by battles over mayoral initiatives like congestion pricing.

I think I would be looking long and hard, too. Isn't the point of a US Senator to represent the people from the state that sent her/him? It seems from Kennedy Schlossberg's feet dragging on answering questions on, well, EVERYTHING, that maybe she does not have the best interests of New Yorkers in mind. Trying to steamroll her way in without a willingness to divulge any pertinent information, including whether or not she would support a Democratic mayoral candidate seems to be sticking in a few people's craw.

As you can probably guess, Kennedy Schlossberg's people have something to say about the appearance of this freight train:
A spokeswoman for Ms. Kennedy declined to comment. Ms. Kennedy’s advisers, speaking anonymously because they did not want to inflame the situation further, rejected any suggestion that they had portrayed her selection as inevitable and insisted that they had been respectful of the governor’s desire for a decorous selection process.

The criticism over her bid has also frustrated those advisers, who feel that Ms. Kennedy has been whiplashed by assertions that she is at once protected and presumptuous.

Both the governor and Ms. Kennedy’s advisers appear to have been thrown, in part, by Ms. Kennedy’s overwhelming personal celebrity.

Oh, dear - how could we have possibly gotten the idea that Kennedy Schlossberg was pushing for this when the poor thing is being whiplashed by all these reports? I mean, she couldn't have had anything to do with it, could she? Well, maybe if she put down the phone:
Ms. Kennedy made dozens of calls to elected officials and other leaders to build interest in her candidacy, and many of those with whom she spoke call her thoughtful and self-effacing.

But her refusal to say over the weekend whether she would back a Democratic candidate next year, when Mr. Bloomberg will seek re-election as an independent, set off intense reaction among some in the party.

A follow-up statement — in which her spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said that Ms. Kennedy “fully intends to support the Democratic nominee” — did not assuage those concerns.

Moreover, her ties to Mr. Bloomberg’s operatives have aroused suspicions among Democrats and labor officials that she would be beholden to the mayor. Ms. Kennedy hired the consulting firm Knickerbocker S.K.D., which includes Mr. Bloomberg as one of its biggest clients.

Those suspicions appeared to be compounded by a comment Mr. Bloomberg made on Monday defending Ms. Kennedy and suggesting that, though the choice was Mr. Paterson’s, the governor should move quickly to select a replacement for Mrs. Clinton, who is expected to be confirmed next month as secretary of state.

“We didn’t tell him to hurry up on term limits,” said another Paterson adviser, referring to Mr. Bloomberg’s move this fall in which he marshaled votes on the City Council to nullify a city referendum so that he could run for another term.

Oh, boy - seems like a whole lot more is going on in the Empire State than originally met the eye:
In a conference call on Tuesday, Mr. Paterson, who was traveling, declined to address Mr. Silver’s or Mr. Bloomberg’s comments. But he reiterated that he had made no selection and would not do so until Mrs. Clinton was confirmed.

“What I’m trying to keep away from is lobbying, coercion and distracting information,” he said. He added later: “I don’t feel rushed by any of this process. I have said from the very beginning what I thought the right way to do this would be.”

Mr. Silver also praised several other potential appointees to the Senate seat, including Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general. Should Mr. Paterson pick Mr. Cuomo, the Legislature would be responsible for choosing his successor, and Mr. Silver would have by far the most influence over that choice.

A spokesman for Mr. Silver declined to say whether the speaker had consulted with Mr. Paterson before speaking publicly about Ms. Kennedy.

Even some of Ms. Kennedy’s potential rivals for the seat expressed some sympathy for her quandary.

“Any true Democrat loves Caroline Kennedy,” said Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, who has said he is also interested in the Senate appointment. “I think the way that her handlers and strategists are pushing her and trying to box in the governor is damaging the reputation of someone that we all care about.”

Oh, yes, poor unqualified, inexperienced, secretive Caroline - what difficult spot for her to not get exactly what she wants without having any publicity. Must be hard to be her to be asked questions, and for people to want ANSWERS to those questions before she can be considered for a US Senate seat...Poor little thing. Ahem.

And here's a question: if she and/or her handlers were NOT trying to give the impression that this is a done deal, why is it we hear about few other potential replacements for Clinton? Nope - it's been pretty much Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg all along, except for a mention here or there of Andrew Cuomo, which, of course, means they have to mention how he was married to Caroline's cousin. So that's it, then, just those two?? Um, no. There are more, of course. But somehow, someway, all the focus has just been on CAROLINE. Can't imagine how that happened. Ahem.

Bottom line, glad to hear that Gov. Paterson is a little frustrated at the pressure, and that other Democrats might be taking another look. Kennedy name or no, it helps to have some experience. Especially since the PEBO doesn't have any...


Mike J. said...

This is good news! Hopefully this is the beginning of a long process of reclaiming the Democratic Party... I can already imagine the blame heaped onto Bill and Hillary for supposedly engineering this and thus ensuring there will not be a Kennedy in the Senate after Ted at long last retires. Oh, the humanity...

Of course, Beau Biden is still the odds-on favorite to succeed his dad in the next election.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Mike J!

Yes, one can only hope. It is interesting that CK and her people are trying to claim that they aren't the ones who have been shoving her down Gov. Paterson's throat when it has been blatantly clear that they HAVE. Politics, I reckon!

Beau Biden - holy cow. One can only hope he is smarter than his FATHER...

Hey, I don't know if you saw this or not, but the last comment you wrote disappeared - I was pretty sure I hit the publish button, but when I went to comment on YOUR comment, it was gone! Sheesh!! Sorry!!

1950 Democrat said...

The voters of NY elected Hillary twice. Imo her replacement should be someone who will carry on her work, till the voters get to decide again in 2010.

CK seems unlikely to carry on for Hillary, since she backstabbed Hillary in the primaries.

Maloney is a feminist and experienced as a congresswoman. See her book at

Imo in an appointment situation it's fine for the elected Senator to choose his/her own replacement, as Biden, Ted Kennedy, and perhaps Obama seem to be doing. I wish Hillary would do the same.

SFIndie said...

Any respect I might have had for CKS has been obliterated. Any idea I had that the grace and class of her mother lived on in her has been wiped away. CKS is just another spoiled Kennedy who thinks she should get whatever she wants because of her name. I doubt she's ever been refused anything in her life. The royal Kennedy monarchy lives on; Uncle Teddy wants to ensure he passes the Kennedy crown to CKS. Work for it? Earn it? C'mon now, she's a KENNEDY, fercryinoutloud. She's entitled.

I am SO sick of the nonsense that passes for democracy in this country today. And if I have to listen to ONE MORE PERSON babble about this historic moment, and how great it is, and how we're standing on the threshold of great change, and JEEZ are they all just plain STUPID???

Yeah, I know I'm rambling. Living in San Francisco, Obots everywhere I turn, will do that. I think I'll numb myself in front of the boob tube for a little while!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

1950 Dem, I agree that Hillary's replacement should be someone who shares her same vision and commitment to the people of NY. CK falls far short of that mark. Her backstabbing alone (and why was her endorsement so much more important than her siblings of Hillary, even though THEY actually worked in politics? Media bias, maybe????).

Yeah, it's the "pay to play" thing that's problematic, but at the very least, the replacement should be similar to the senator the PEOPLE voted into office.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Oh, I hear ya, SFIndie! I saw some headline of a poll in which Obama is touted as the most influential man in the country! BLECH!! Well, hmm, I guess he has influenced me - to run away from the Party that had been my home my entire life. And to become way more cynical of politics in general. So, on second thought...

And I think the answer to your question is, yes, yes they are. How else do you explain formerly ethical people just chunking it all away to follow The One? People who bristled at any hint of voter fraud, or intimidation, now dismiss it, along with the issue of plagiarism. Who needs ethics and morality when you can have Te One and a PONY?!?


As for CKS, yeah, she has turned out to be a real piece of work. Did you see today that she won't refuse ANY of her financials unless she is the choice? Because she doesn't have to do anything she doesn't want to do, I guess!!

What a nightmare this has become...

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

My bad - that poll was abt him being the most admired person in the WORLD!!! Are you KIDDING me?

And what the headlines never mentioned was that Hillary was the most admired woman - what the hell else is new???

And in the "Teehee!" realm, Palin beat out Oprah. That's kinda funny!

PLEASE tell me why Obama, who lied, cheated, and stole his way throughout the entire primary/election season, is the most ADMIRED??? What is WRONG with people!??! Oh, right - you already answered that, SFIndie!

Oh, and the poll used 1008 people. Uh huh.