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Monday, May 09, 2005

Bloomberg Will Win

Let's face it: Unless there's some majorly intense upheaval in New York City life between now and the election, Mayor Bloomberg will be re-elected. Yet again, this bluest of cities will have a Republican mayor-- albeit not a very red one. A few articles of note:

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Schumer On The Rise

The NY Post reports (via Daily Kos) on Chuck Schumer's rise to prominence since his reelection in November. Excerpt:

In just a few months since taking a key leadership post in the Democratic Party, Sen. Charles Schumer has quietly but forcefully emerged as one of the most powerful players in national politics.

"With all eyes watching the other New York senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as she prepares a possible White House run in 2008, it is Schumer who has begun wielding enormous power inside Democratic ranks — raking in untold millions of dollars, making controversial decisions about who will and who won't run for Senate around the country, and even instructing colleagues in his specialty — the art of getting media attention."

The article goes on to to report that some groups are upset that Schumer is lining up anti-abortion Democrats to challenge Republicans in some states. Obviously, it would be preferable to run candidates who advocate abortion rights, but the reality is that they cannot win in some races and it's better to have a Democrat who agrees on issues other than abortion than a Republican whose disagreement only begins with abortion.

With the attention Schumer is getting, perhaps it's only a matter of time before speculation begins about his further ambitions. Afterall, these days, it's hard to be a high profile pol in NY and not be talked about for future national campaigns.

No "Culture Of Life" In Darfur

The Moose asks - is the blogosphere powerful enough to stop genocide?

"Much has been made about the influence of the blogosphere on our politics. So, can the blogosphere bring its power to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur?"

That's a tall order, but Mr. Whitman begs a very important question: In all the fervent debate over issues of life and death of late, why is so little attention paid to the genocide taking place in Darfur?

Furthermore, why do some people find it necessary for the federal government to intervene in the case of one unfortunate victim, such as Terri Schiavo, yet the pain and suffering of an entire region is not cause for action? Why can our president rush back to Washington in the middle of the night to sign something in his pajamas for a dying woman in Florida, but not focus the world's attention on the many dying in Sudan?

Shouldn't any so-called "culture of life" include those being killed for cultural and ethnic reasons?

Spitzer, Killer Of Jobs

Buffalo Pundit helpfully lists (via NYCO) instances of Eliot Spitzer's job killing ways. As someone in the comments notes, "It's getting so a dishonest man can't get paid for a dishonest day's work."

By the way, Blue State Red State encourages you to visit Spitzer's website and contribute to his campaign in whatever way you are able. Get involved, make a donation, or just tell people that you support him.

You Mean Someone Was Writing All That Down?

The Politcker is kind enough to share from the copy of "The Quotable Rudolph W. Giuliani," currently making the rounds amongst conservative GOPers, that they acquired. Included are such gems as:

[Giuliani] described John Kennedy as 'great and brilliant.' Barry Goldwater was an 'incompetent, confused and sometimes idiotic man.'"

Oh, and he also waited until the last minute to endorse Bob Dole in 1996 and is (or, once upon a time, was) open to supporting Democrats in elections if he views that as more beneicial to NYC. For these heinous crimes, he must be strung up!

Giuliani should not be elected President, but those are not the reasons. The possibility of a bitter and divisive dogfight within the Republican Party seems all the more likely when you read something like this.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Gothamist Turns Two

Congratulations to Gothamist on two years of excellent blogging of all things NYC. The site has become a very useful way to keep abreast of various topics of interest in the city, including coverage just today of the official kick off of Mayor Bloomberg's reelection caampaign and the offering up of West Side railyards by the MTA to competitive bidding.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Strong Red State Dems

Daily Kos believes it's a good sign that red state Democrats are being tapped to lead the party's opposition in the Senate. Excerpt:

I think it's becoming CW that Reid's Senate is off to a great start -- a unified, focused caucus ramping up strong, principled opposition to Bush his Republican cronies.

"Part of that newfound effectiveness may stem from the absence of those very Democrats who once backed key tenets of the Bush agenda, only to be targetted and defeated the following election cycle.

"But part of it seems to be based on Reid's deputizing of key Red State Democrats."

Previous support for Bush Administration policies by red state Dems often gave the appearance of ideological weakness. If Senators in red states can prove successful in true opposition to Bush and his Senate allies, the show of strength could help them later as they're targeted in future elections.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Secretary Lieberman?

Apparently, there's renewed gossip (Washington Post; via Wonkette) that Senator Joe Lieberman is being considered to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Inauguration Day

Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Vice President, my friends:

"You will understand and, I believe, agree with my wish that the form of this inauguration be simple and its words brief.

"We Americans of today, together with our allies, are passing through a period of supreme test. It is a test of our courage, of our resolve, of our wisdom, of our essential democracy. If we meet that test, successfully and honorably, we shall perform a service of historic importance which men and women and children will honor throughout all time. As I stand here today, having taken the solemn oath of office in the presence of my fellow countrymen, in the presence of our God, I know that it is America's purpose that we shall not fail.

"In the days and in the years that are to come we shall work for a just and honorable peace, a durable peace, as today we work and fight for total victory in war. We can and we will achieve such a peace.

"We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately, but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes, but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.

"I remember that my old schoolmaster, Dr. Peabody, said in days that seemed to us then to be secure and untroubled, things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights; then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward; that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys of the centuries always has an upward trend.

"Our Constitution of 1787 was not a perfect instrument; it is not perfect yet. But it provided a firm base upon which all manner of men, of all races and colors and creeds, could build our solid structure of democracy.

"And so today, in this year of war, 1945, we have learned lessons, at a fearful cost, and we shall profit by them.

"We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well being is dependent on the well being of other nations far away. We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

"We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.

"We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said, that the only way to have a friend is to be one. We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear.

"We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence and the courage which flow from conviction.

"The almighty God has blessed our land in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world.

"So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly; to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men; to the achievement of His will to peace on earth."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 20, 1945

Admitting Regrets

Some outgoing members of the administration will be missed much more than others. For instance, those like Richard Armitage, who are willing to admit regrets of the last four years (via Political Animal):

'I'm disappointed that Iraq hasn't turned out better. And that we weren't able to move forward more meaningfully in the Middle East peace process.'

"Then, after a minute's pause, he adds a third regret: 'The biggest regret is that we didn't stop 9/11. And then in the wake of 9/11, instead of redoubling what is our traditional export of hope and optimism we exported our fear and our anger. And presented a very intense and angry face to the world. I regret that a lot.'"