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Guest Post by Tara Wall

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Readers know that from time to time I publish guest op-eds. Tara Wall is a rising star on the right, ensconced now at the Washington Times. She will contribute an occasional piece here as well.

Paterson’s Doghouse Could Give GOP The Blues by Tara Wall
Okay, so Democrats have been the gift that keeps on giving in recent weeks. The freak show called Rod Blagogevich and circus surrounding the the New York Senate seat have made for great fodder as of late. If nothing else, it has given Republicans (even some Democrats) something to gloat about.
However, in spite of the admitted “leaks” coming out of New York Gov. David Paterson’s office and the quicksand speed with which he selected his pick for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, Paterson could be a lot smarter than he’s getting credit for.
Paterson’s pick of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand says much more about the supposed novice’s political prowess, than even he may realize. She may be youthful and virtually unknown, but a blip on the screen? Not even close. [# More #]
Reacting to the selection process, The New York Times found that, “Mr. Paterson had inadvertently pulled off something staggering: alienating three of the most powerful political families in state and national politics at the same time,” [the Kennedy’s, Cuomo’s and Clintons]. Oh no, he’d better watch out now! It’s not just a woman scorned, but a Kennedy woman and lapdog liberal newspaper.
For liberals, it’s not enough that Paterson vacillated between choices (his prerogative), but that he had the audacity to pass over their royally appointed one. The man must be deranged. At the very least, he just doesn’t have what it takes to be governor, right? After all, he is the default governor. That seems to be the suggestion. “It wasn’t fair to any of the candidates,” that Paterson reportedly knew his selection days before announcing it, said New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy. Boo hoo.

To take it one step further, one could argue that the underlying suggestion (and hypocritical liberal, white-guilt double-standard) is that a black man can’t be trusted with such an important appointment. Where’s the Rev. Al when you need him? (Oh yes, he’s too busy placating her highness, Ms. Kennedy). Instead of saying out loud what those foaming at the mouth are thinking, Paterson’s integrity and decision-making skills are immediately called into question (his own apologies didn’t help). “Some basics of appointment protocol and discretion appeared to have been abandoned,” The Times chided. That’s code for: he’s an idiot who can’t even keep his mouth shut. And even worse still, is that Paterson (a black man) selected a “conservative” Democrat over entitled Camelot royalty. Oh, the horror.

Commentators, politicos and pundits have gleefully given their constant sideline play-by-plays of the unfolding drama. Yet, in the midst of all the gloating is a point of caution for Republicans. Particularly those who are eyeing the seat with any hope or inkling of recapturing. If they aren’t careful, this New York Senate seat could remain in the “blue” column for many years to come.
Ms. Gillibrand favors offshore drilling, voted against the $700 bailout bill last year, enjoys a 100 percent NRA rating and favors tough immigration enforcement. All tenets of the conservative platform that make her an attractive “Blue Dog” for Upstate New Yorkers. Furthermore, the latest Quinnipiac survey found that 46 percent of New Yorker voters approve of Paterson’s pick. What is more telling, is that “Republicans approve of the selection by a larger margin than Democrats. Republicans approve [of Gillibrand] by 56 percent-27 percent.”
This could spell trouble for Republicans in 2010. While liberal Democrats and the Kennedy clan will be looking for retribution, should she garner just minimal Republican support, Gillibrand will be difficult, if not impossible to beat.


Tara Wall, a former newscaster and GOP spokesperson, is a conservative columnist, CNN political contributor and deputy editor for The Washington Times.

Tara writes about.. party politics, liberal media bias, faith in the public square, racial double-standards and national policy under the newly anointed.. err appointed administration.

You can also read her blogs at:
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