More Reasons not to appoint Caroline Kennedy to HRC seat…voters won’t support her in 2010

Wake up and smell the coffee! Be Ambassador to the UK like Grandpa and be grateful for a slow entry into politics Caroline. You do NOT have the chops for NYS and this is not the time to embrace nepotism. Hillary has moxie, Caroline does not, and New Yorkers know it…

Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey

From Politico:

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, suggests that Republicans would have a credible chance to win the New York Senate seat if Kennedy is appointed. Kennedy leads Republican congressman Peter King by only two points, 46 to 44 percent, in a hypothetical matchup.

Kennedy loses one quarter of the Democratic vote and trails King by 15 points among independents. Only 44 percent of New York voters view her favorably, while 40 percent view her unfavorably.

By contrast, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo – another prospective appointee – would easily be able to hold the seat against King. The poll shows Cuomo leading King by 19 points, 48 to 29 percent.

This poll comes on top of one released yesterday showing her favorability ratings POSITIVELY TANKING BY A WHOPPING 38 POINTS  (from Hot Air by way of Cuffy Meigs’  ‘Perfunction’):

According to Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., 44 percent of New York State voters now say they have a less favorable opinion of Kennedy than they did before she started vying for the position. Thirty-three percent say it’s made no difference, and 23 percent report now having a more favorable opinion of her.

Cuomo now leads Kennedy 58-27 in a survey of the preferences of state voters. Among Democrats, Cuomo is ahead of Kennedy 54-34 percent; a month ago, the survey found Kennedy ahead of Cuomo by 44-23 percent among Democrats.

Have we mentioned Congresswoman Maloney ALSO has published a book?? Why yes she has and we love it , so tick that little fauxgressive requirement for office off the list:

(click photo for link to interview with WNYC) : When Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) was a young woman, her grandmother’s career advice for her was to get married. Now Rep. Maloney says that gender inequality is still a big problem in the U.S. Her new book is Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting Any Easier–And How We Can Make Real Progress For Ourselves and Our Daughters.

Carolyn Maloney & her book about women's progress in WNYC studios

Carolyn Maloney & her book about women's progress in WNYC studios

Okay so to summarize, Caroline Kennedy has no practical experience in governance; she has never held a ‘real’ job (the kind where you don’t wear a ballgown and call fellow heiresses for donations;, sorry if that offends but it’s true and this is NY politics now so toughen up m’kay?);

she has zero background in economics, national security or the markets, finance or commerce, and she has a stunningly bad public presence and is in fact condescending to the media and public in a very John Kerryesque way; recall her retort to media in upstate NY:

Q: “‘where are you going?”/ A: “to the car'”

and the gem when she snarkily suggested the reporters inquiring about how she felt when she decided to run, should perhaps work for ‘women’s magazines’ (recall if you will that Glamour gave HRC Woman of the Year and had an event for HRC, Condoleeza Rice and other women; whereas TIME failed to list HRC in top 10 people of 2009 despite her being the first woman in American history to win a Presidential primary)…

We have visited the many sterling qualifications of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) here at MiM. We would prefer to keep a woman in the Senate when we have one so imminently qualified with over 15 yrs of public service to the people of NY in the Congress; but we do admire and would also support Andrew Cuomo if we were faced with a Kennedy-Cuomo selection.

AG Cuomo has taken on the eeeeeevil Insurance Companies like nobody’s business, and is NEVER afraid of a fight.

We at MiM think Congress Critter Maloney would selectively choose fights that are more important to the people of NY, and while we are certainly not claiming she is immune to the quest for the spotlight (no pol is), we have to say we think Cuomo would pursue the big media grabbing legislation the way he does as AG.

HRC puts her nose quietly to the grindstone, which ironically hurt her as a POTUS candidate, many outside of NY had no clue of all she has accomplished for her constituents. Maloney governs in that same vein from what we have observed.

So again we prefer Maloney. But no one can say Andrew Cuomo is not qualified, and ‘you know’,  if you are going to pretend to be a monarchy at least take LOCAL ROYALTY which is what Cuomo is…

Let Teddy try to ‘bestow’ HIS seat to Caroline after she gets some time in politics as an Ambassador to a sure and certain ally like the UK….let MASS try to deal with ‘you know’ all the baggage and training issues…sorry MASS but they are your Kennedys…

New York is frankly too important to our economy, to the security of the country and to the current legislation being drafted ie TARP, financial institutions, Wall St,  Main St, immigration and Homeland Security, to install a newbie with no practical experience….

Read more about Carolyn Maloney here and here

Read more about Andrew Cuomo here

about_acuomo…Throughout 2007, Attorney General Cuomo revealed a systemic pattern of deceitful and corrupt practices within the student lending industry, compromising millions of students throughout the country who rely on loans to pay for college. As a result of this investigation, over $3 million was refunded to students and $13.7 million was allocated by lenders to the National Education Fund established by Attorney General Cuomo and dedicated to educating students and their families about how to navigate the lending industry.

Cuomo also created a student lending Code of Conduct which eventually became New York State law as the Student Lending Accountability, Transparency, and Enforcement (SLATE) Act of 2007. Proposed federal legislation regarding the student loan industry also incorporates Cuomo’s original Code of Conduct and has currently been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

In 2007, Cuomo also announced an investigation into widespread appraisal fraud within the mortgage industry, examining practices used by some of the country’s largest banks of pressuring appraisers to artificially inflate the value of homes. As a result of these investigations, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest purchasers of home loans, agreed to abide by new appraisal guidelines defined by the Attorney General and to fund an Independent Valuation Protection Institute to implement and monitor those guidelines.


January 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Housing, Immigration, Labor Department, Politics, TARP, Terrorism, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

ALERT: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) calls for Burris to be seated…and she is Chair of ROOLZ CMTE!

AWESOME. Apparently, other folks do see the legal reasoning we at MiM followed in our opinion that Burris is a valid appointee.


Sen. Feinstein states that she finds his appointment valid and is concerned about the precedent that would be set by refusing to seat him.

And guess what? Sen. Feinstein is the incoming Chair of the all powerful all knowing OZ, oops ROOLZ Committee that Reid keeps threatening to send Burris’ appointment matter to for delay…

From AP:

The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee has parted with many of her Democratic colleagues and says that the Senate should seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Tuesday that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, however tainted by corruption charges, has the right to appoint someone to President-elect Barack Obama‘s former seat. The Rules Committee decides whether Burris is qualified to serve.

Feinstein said that blocking Burris would have ramifications for other governors’ appointments.


SWISH goes the net…

Yep yep yep. Welcome Senator Burris.

see our other posts on the Burris seating fiasco and our prediction Reid would lose, again here and here and here..

did we mention that today Reid proclaimed, “Coleman will NEVER be seated!!” We at MiM have a cool $50 that says Coleman will be seated…Reid is as good a contraindicator as any we’ve ever seen….

Update: here is Reid’s exact, assinine, quote from Politico:

“Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate,” Reid told Politico’s Manu Raju. “He lost the election. He can stall things, but he’ll never serve in the Senate.”


January 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

from onakalima: gabnet commemorates international human rights day

January 6, 2009. Politics. Comments off.

BREAKING: PEBO offers Surgeon General post to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

PEBO offering TV Journalist Sanjay Gupta TOP DOC job

No I am not kidding, this is breaking now, I guess that showdown between Michael Moore and Sanjay Gupta didn’t deter him huh? Sanjay argued all the points of Moore’s film on Universal Health Care….I hope Tom Daschle isn’t looking for any guidance on UHC from the Surgeon General.. Daschle and Gupta HAVE met and I for one hope they are on the same page and that the page has Universal Health Care written all over it…..

of course Gupta WAS an adviser to HRC at one point , see below, and Moore did totally diss HRC’s UHC plan (which makes no sense, after viewing Sicko, feeling as he did making that film, he should have endorsed Hill) more who made my list of ‘neoprogressives’ who are chauvinists deep inside is Moore…but on to Gupta…

Can I laugh now? Is it laughing time yet? WTH, just WTH….

WAPO breaking story on CNBC Chyron now….

Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer.



January 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

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