CATFIGHT IN THE BIG APPLE
BILLARY SAYS CAROLINE KENNEDY "UNQUALIFIED":
"SHE'S JUST A RESUME WITH FAMILY CONNECTIONS"
And Hillary's Not Talking About Herself, For A Change
It seems like only yesterday that some catty New Yorkers were saying that Hillary Clinton was nothing but a resume, an empty pants-suit, trying to play on the big heart of the Big Apple with her sad connection to her disgraced husband, ex-POTUS & world-class poon-hound Slick Willie Clinton, in grabbing the Bobby Kennedy seat in the U.S. Senate. In fact, it was just yesterday that people all over the world were saying this about Hill's nomination to the post of U.S. Secretary of State. Other than ducking imaginary fire in Bosnia, and serving tea to other First Ladies in the Rose Garden, what the Hell does Hillary Rodham Clinton know about foreign affairs?
As to diplomacy, it's hard to imagine a candidate less qualified by temperament or style. When tasked with straightening out our national health care mess, an issue almost everyone thought needed attention, Hillary's imperious and secretive ways, her abrasive and dismissive personality, and her husband's philandering pretty much set the cause back twenty years. Just THINK what she could do in the cause of whirled peas, or international security! Oh, well, she knows where Israel is, or the AIPAC office, anyway. You can see it from her office. That's all that really matters.
That's pretty much all that really matters in being Senator from New York, also; besides shipping jobs out of State and overseas. From Jacob Javits to Charley Rangel, New York's congressfolk have established a tradition of not serving their constituencies, unless you count foreign countries. So, who needs experience? It hasn't hurt, or helped Hillary, her lack of it. Who even notices who fills that seat in the Millionaires Club?
I guess the Clintons do. They seem to think they own that seat now, though many NYers still contest their right to have ever even occupied it in the first place. Maybe it's Hillary's Illinois origins. You think she'd be more sensitive about that, in the midst of the Blagojevitch scandal. But, no, Billary wants what Billary wants, regardless of whom it hurts, or whom it doesn't help.
They don't care any more about the people of New York than they did about the people of the whole country during the recent election, when both Hill' and Billy stooped to unheard-of lows in attacking Obama violently and racially, even hinting that, as a black man, he could be assassinated. They seemed to be calling for Obama's killing, in many people's eyes. Despite this, Obama has given them an olive branch, a lot of them, a whole freakin' olive tree in Cabinet & staff picks. It just ain't enough. They want it all. They're the ultimate power-junkie couple. They just can't manage power once they get it. They haven't a clue, or an ideology, or principles, or any respect for Democratic traditions and institutions.
"F*ck Ted Kennedy," as fellow Southron Governor and failed President Jimmy Carter once said. Teddy's dying, but so what? The Kennedy legacy, so central to Democratic iconography and popular mythology, is not good for the crackerocracy of the DINO's. After all, Jack and Bobby split with the Dixiecrats over civil rights, and they may have killed the brothers for it. No bad blood there, hunh? The few blue dog Democrats (In Name Only) who remained with or returned to the Party after the Civil Rights Era are really Republicans, based on their opposition to everything Democratic except the voting trends in their own jurisdictions.
Some Southerners never could bring themselves to vote for the Party of Lincoln, their vanquisher in the Civil War. They may have voted Democrat, but they continually dragged the Party into the conservative swamps. Thanks to them even more than the Republicans, who used to be in the minority much of the time, the progressive agenda was never achieved. National health, federal funding for education, housing, transportation, the environment, etc, and the cause of peace on Earth got held off and put back and shot down every year for the last hundred years. In fact, the DINO's helped get conservative Republicans elected, and even pushed their arch-conservative, anti-progressive agenda. Zell Miller, anyone?
Still, we're supposed to work with these people, a minority within a minority. Why? Because they're armed & dangerous, with a history of political violence? Isn't that negotiating with terrorists? Shouldn't we be fighting these *ssholes, tooth & nail? The recent Presidential and Congressional elections show that the sixty per cent who rarely vote are in fact progressives, not conservatives. Even in the South, record turnouts turned out for a perceived progressive for President and many other offices. The fact that Obama is now squandering that historic victory, that sea-change in American politics, is a victory for the minority DINO's, and a major betrayal of his own vast but diminishing base.
Are the DINO's happy with that? Nope. They gotta have that NY Senatorial spot, too; just to show who's boss, once and for all. They're pissing a line in the sand on this one. How it turns out will show which way Obama is ultimately headed: Toward the right-of-center, or toward the left-of-center. (There is nothing further left than left-of-center in this country, outside of the graveyards.) Will Obama be able to govern the Clintonians, much less the country? The only hope is that all his moves so far have been part of a grand design to give the Clintonista's a chance to discredit themselves with their usual squabbling and bungling, and kick them out of the Party altogether. Of course, then they'll just come back as Republicans In Name Only, still furthering their principle-free, power-for its-own sake agenda. Clinton-Palin 2016, anyone?
No. I didn't think so.
CBS NEWS 2 NYC
"Caroline Kennedy Ready To Emerge From The Shadows"
Female, mom, has worked for children's issues, education, health care, smart, tough, dedicated, politically inclined, well-connected. Hum. Sounds just like Hillary, with better baggage. Much better. Oh, wait, she's gracious and well-spoken, genuine, natural, unpretentious and has a sense of humor. No, she's nothing like Hillary.
' It is a Senate seat that has long been held by political celebrities who had not held prior elective office. First Lady Hillary Clinton grabbed the seat in 2000. Robert F. Kennedy got it in 1965. Now, Caroline Kennedy wants Gov. Paterson to give it to her. Caroline Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard and Columbia Law. She has also written seven books, helped Barack Obama select a vice presidential running mate, and in New York City has raised millions for public education. Friends told CBS 2 HD she wants to concentrate on education and health care in the Senate. '
"Kennedy would follow Clinton as late-bloomer senator "
So, Clintonians hate Caroline, Kennedyites love her. Some news.
' If Caroline Kennedy becomes a senator, she'd be New York's second female celebrity senator to take an unconventional route to Congress. Kennedy is a lawyer who has written about constitutional issues and raised money for the New York City school system. She expressed interest in the job Monday, according to several officials in the state, including the man who will make the choice, Gov. David Paterson. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, named by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of State in his administration, was the nation's first lady for eight years before moving to New York in 2000 to run for the Senate seat. Despite her family's political legacy, Kennedy has largely stayed out of politics. New York critics have zeroed in on that lack of public record. "She's not demonstrated the qualifications or the experience for the position," Robert Zimmerman, a Clinton adviser and fundraiser, told the New York Post. Bob Shrum, a Democratic strategist and speechwriter who has worked for the Kennedys, said that "like Hillary Clinton, the minute she got there, she would have influence." '
"KENNEDY FOR THE SENATE"
Oh, yeah, she is an actual NEW YORKER, born & raised a City girl, a North-Easterner and an East-Coaster, unlike Hill-Billary...
' Her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, held the very same seat from 1965 until his assassination three years later. But the arguments for her selection go far beyond mere symbolism. Consider her unusually high profile: As the only surviving child of President John Kennedy, she'd enter the Senate with considerably more political clout than the average freshman. While she hasn't been especially involved in New York's political wars, she's hardly unaware of the issues. A city resident since shortly after her father's assassination, she played a critical role in advancing the reform agenda spearheaded by Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. '
"Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office "
It's clear where the headline-writer stands. But read the article.
' But friends and associates say that Ms. Kennedy, 51, is no dilettante, and that her career is replete with examples of the kind of hands-on policy work and behind-the-scenes maneuvering that could serve her well. “She’s not shy about pushing people in a direction, and very good at doing it in a way that people don’t even realize they’re being pushed,” said Heather Campion, one board member. “She’s good in the room, but she’s also good at getting people to focus and come together quickly,” Mr. Klein said. Ms. Kennedy is now vice chairwoman of the schools’ nonprofit fund-raising arm, but she continues to visit schools across the city, with no entourage or press aide. Yet Ms. Kennedy spent about six weeks barnstorming battleground states for Barack Obama and took to it with gusto: An aide recalled her strolling into a Republican headquarters near Ocala, Fla., and peppering voters with questions at every turn. “Eric was the quiet one, and she was the one that, really, when I said something, asked, ‘Who? Why? How come?’ ” said Representative Joe Baca, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who met with them to analyze the contenders. “She did most of the talking.” Ms. Kennedy also took it upon herself to write a lengthy memo for Mr. Obama, a senior campaign adviser said. “I think she sized up the field in a way that was thoughtful and sophisticated and right,” he said. “And I think it weighed heavily with him.” Ms. Kennedy has said that it was her children who got her to give Mr. Obama a look last year. Elaine Jones, a retired head of the NAACP fund, speculated that Ms. Kennedy’s children — her two daughters are in college and her son is in high school — were also the reasons she had not entered public life sooner. “A fishbowl can adversely affect a child,” Ms. Jones said. “Her mother found a way to keep her children real. Caroline, I think, wanted that for her children. So I think, without knowing it, subconsciously, she was trying to get her kids to this point.” '
NY DAILY NEWS
"Caroline Kennedy's fine, but a senator? Andrew Cuomo not so sure"
Rival, kicked out of Kennedy family by her cousin, Cuomo disses Caroline. Like HE made it on his own! HAH! Real objective journalism, Daily News!
' Attorney General Andrew Cuomo praised Caroline Kennedy yesterday - but wouldn't say if he thinks she's qualified to be a U.S. senator. "I've known Caroline for years, I have a high opinion of her, but that's going to be up to the governor," Cuomo said. "I wouldn't second-guess his judgment." Kennedy is the cousin of Cuomo's ex-wife, Kerry. After 13 years of marriage, he and Kerry Kennedy went through an acrimonious divorce, with the Kennedys believing that Cuomo fed dirt to the media on his wife's extramarital affair. Cuomo sidestepped questions on whether he wants to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton when she becomes secretary of state. While insisting he's happy as attorney general, he did not deny interest in the Senate seat. He and Kennedy are front-runners. "I think it's a little presumptuous for someone to say 'I'm not interested,'" Cuomo said. '
"We Hear: Hillary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy and more..."
' That Secretary of State-in-waiting Hillary Clinton is lobbying hard to prevent Caroline Kennedy from taking her Senate seat when she steps down. Clinton, who will resign once she is confirmed as Barack Obama’s new top diplomat, is more than a little peeved that Caro - and her uncle Ted - threw their weight behind Obama in the presidential race. '
THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
"The Not-Kennedy Campaign"
Billary's Talking Points Memo widely circulated, but secret, and deniable. How Republican!
' Suddenly, weeks after Caroline Kennedy's name first emerged as a candidate to fill the Senate seat that will be opened when Hillary Clinton joins the Obama administration in January, the establishment is very, very concerned—publicly—that she might not have what it takes. But at least one member of the New York House delegation—albeit one outside of the downstate echo chamber—has noticed that the Kennedy critics seem to be reading off the same page. "About two days ago one of my colleagues said that he thought she was too retiring, too private," said upstate Representative Louise Slaughter, who said that similar remarks made publicly by Ackerman suggested that "talking points are out there." For her part, Slaughter said she though Kennedy would be a fine choice to take Clinton's place. "The person who gets that seat has to be someone who has great stature," she said. '
NY DAILY NEWS
"Clintonites Against Kennedy"
And here's where those talking points come from.
' The storyline of pushback by Hillary Clinton supporters against Caroline Kennedy being tapped by Gov. David Paterson to succeed the junior senator whom Kennedy dissed in the Democratic primary is gaining steam. On the heels of questions raised about Kennedy's experience, or lack thereof, by Reps. Anthony Weiner and Gary Ackerman, both loyal Clinton supporters who were also her designated superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention, comes a statement from Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union head Stuart Appelbaum, who says Kennedy is "fascinating and engaging" but "a blank slate on New York issues." RWDSU was an early supporter of Clinton in the Democratic primary and Appelbaum campaigned with her in a number of early primary/caucus states, including Iowa. '
WIKIPEDIA: HILLARY CLINTON
"Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Ah, Memory! Ah, History!
' Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York and President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for United States Secretary of State. She was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election. She is married to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, and was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001.A native of Suburban Chicago, Hillary Rodham first attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student to deliver the commencement address at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. She was later named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, and was twice listed as one of the one hundred most influential lawyers in America. She was the First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 and was active in a number of organizations concerned with child welfare, as well as sitting on the boards of Wal-Mart and several other corporations.When she was First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress in 1994. In 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a role in advocating for the establishment of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act. She became the only First Lady to be subpoenaed, testifying before a federal grand jury as a consequence of the Whitewater controversy in 1996. She was never charged with any wrongdoing in this or any of the several other investigations during her husband's administration. The state of her marriage to Bill Clinton was the subject of considerable public discussion following the Lewinsky scandal in 1998.
Senate election of 2000
The long-serving United States Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, announced his retirement in November 1998. Several prominent Democratic figures, including Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York, urged Clinton to run for Moynihan's open seat in the United States Senate election of 2000. When she decided to run, Clinton and her husband purchased a home in Chappaqua, New York, north of New York City in September 1999. She became the first First Lady of the United States to be a candidate for elected office. At first, Clinton was expected to face Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City, as her Republican opponent in the election. However, Giuliani withdrew from the race in May 2000 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and having developments in his personal life become very public, and Clinton instead faced Rick Lazio, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 2nd congressional district. Throughout the campaign, Clinton was accused of carpetbagging by her opponents, as she had never resided in New York nor participated in the state's politics prior to this race. Clinton began her campaign by visiting every county in the state, in a "listening tour" of small-group settings. During the campaign, she devoted considerable time in traditionally Republican Upstate New York regions. Clinton vowed to improve the economic situation in those areas, promising to deliver 200,000 jobs to the state over her term. Her plan included specific tax credits to reward job creation and encourage business investment, especially in the high-tech sector. She called for personal tax cuts for college tuition and long-term care.
The contest drew national attention. Lazio blundered during a September debate by seeming to invade Clinton's personal space trying to get her to sign a fundraising agreement. The campaigns of Clinton and Lazio, along with Giuliani's initial effort, spent a record combined $90 million. Clinton won the election on November 7, 2000, with 55 percent of the vote to Lazio's 43 percent. She was sworn in as United States Senator on January 3, 2001.
After moving to New York, Clinton was elected as senator for New York State in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office; Clinton is also the first female senator to represent New York. In the Senate, she initially supported the George W. Bush administration on some foreign policy issues, which included voting for the Iraq War Resolution. She has subsequently opposed the administration on its conduct of the war in Iraq, and has opposed it on most domestic issues. She was reelected by a wide margin in 2006. In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but after a long campaign, she narrowly lost to Senator Barack Obama, who became the party's presumptive nominee in June 2008, and Clinton endorsed and campaigned for him. She is the first First Lady to be subsequently appointed to the Cabinet in any Presidential administration. '
WIKIPEDIA: CAROLINE KENNEDY SCHLOSSBERG
Just the facts, Ma'am.
' Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is an American author and attorney. She is the daughter and only surviving child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Kennedy was born in New York City and is named after her maternal aunt Caroline Lee Radziwill and a maternal great-grandmother. An older sister was stillborn in 1956. Her brother John Jr. was born in November 1960 and died in a plane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law in July 1999. Another brother, Patrick, died two days after his birth of a lung ailment in August of 1963. She lived in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown until a few months after her third birthday, when her family moved into the White House after her father's inauguration as President of the United States in 1961. Following her father's assassination in November 1963, she moved back to Georgetown with her mother and brother. However, their home soon became a popular tourist attraction in Washington, and they moved to New York City in mid-1964 where they lived in a penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, after attending the Brearley School and Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, and Concord Academy in Massachusetts..
Kennedy spoke during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008. during an introduction of her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy.
After interning with her uncle, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and at The New York Daily News, Caroline Kennedy began work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1980, where she met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg.
Kennedy and Schlossberg were married on July 19, 1986 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Massachusetts. Kennedy's matron of honor was her cousin Maria Shriver. She was walked down the aisle by her Uncle Ted. Although she is often incorrectly referred to as "Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg", she did not change her name when she married.
Kennedy is an attorney, editor, writer and member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bar associations. She is one of the founders of the Profiles in Courage Award, given annually since 1990 to a person who exemplifies the type of courage examined in her father's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name. The award is generally given to elected officials who, acting in accord with their conscience, risk their careers by pursuing a larger vision of the national, state or local interest in opposition to popular opinion or powerful pressures from their constituents. In May 2002, she presented an unprecedented Profiles in Courage Award to representatives of the NYPD, the New York City Fire Department, and the military as representatives of all of the people who acted to save the lives of others during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
For 22 months from 2002 through 2004, Kennedy worked as director of strategic partnerships for the the New York City Department of Education. The three-day-a week job paid her a salary of $1 and had the goal of raising private money the New York City public schools. In her capacity, she helped raise more than $65 million for the city’s public schools, according to her biography at the Kennedy Library. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of The Fund for Public Schools, a public-private partnership founded in 2002 to attract private funding for public schools in New York City. 
In addition, Kennedy is currently President of the Kennedy Library Foundation, a director of both the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Honorary Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre. She is also an adviser to the Harvard Institute of Politics, a living memorial to her father.
Kennedy has represented her family at the funeral services of former Presidents Ronald Reagan in 2004 and Gerald Ford in 2007, and at the funeral service of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in 2007. She also represented her family at the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas in November 2004.
2008 United States presidential election
Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail.
On Sunday, January 27, 2008, Kennedy announced in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled, "A President Like My Father," that she would endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Her concluding lines were: "I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans." This was the first time she had endorsed a presidential candidate other than when she endorsed her uncle, Ted Kennedy, in 1980.
Federal Election Commission records show that Kennedy contributed $2300 to the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign committee on June 29, 2007. She had previously contributed a total of $5000 to Clinton's senatorial campaign in 2006. On September 18, 2007, she contributed $2300 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign committee. '
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