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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.