Congratulations to those Progressives who helped thwart Caroline Kennedy
Because having her in the Senate would have been truly awful.
Imagine what would have happened to the country if she had been appointed? With her solid stances supporting a woman’s right to choose, equal rights for all including gay marriage, and familial commitment to economic fairness, plus her connections across the highest levels of government through which she could influence others in the same direction, not to mention the sympathy she would have been able to use to drive programs espoused by her Uncle Ted and Uncle Robert and Uncle Sarge, and worst of all her close personal connection to that nasty, nasty new President who would have bent over backwards to give her whatever she wanted, she would have been nothing but a horror for True Progressives.
Thankfully the ceaseless uproar on the Left undermined her politically, so much so that she no longer appeared helpful to Governor Patterson in his bid for re-election. Instead he turned to someone with Upstate connections, someone who supported the person who lost the Democratic nomination struggle; that should be a big help working with the new administration, the one being run by the person she opposed. Another huge plus for True Progressive interests is that she’s as far Right as it is possible to be and still claim affiliation as a Democrat:
Kirsten is also active in the Blue Dog Coalition, which is focused on finding bipartisan solutions to maintaining a strong national defense and restoring fiscal responsibility to Washington. As a leader in the Coalition, Kirsten introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution in order to ban deficit spending and reduce our national debt.
Perfect for these times. Kirsten Gillibrand is just exactly what True Progressives want in the Senate, someone who can be count on to systematically align herself against initiatives that would reverse the Rich People Rule political trend of the last 30 years. Expanding the BlueDog’s influence and power is certainly a fine achievement for True Progressives.
The key thing, the real litmus test for a True Progressive was, of course, that Gillibrand supported Hillary while that disgusting Kennedy person supported Obama. Nothing else matters, not voting records or the company they keep, and most of all that damn notion of institutional continuity of an Old-Time Progressive presence has been stomped on. “No More Kennedys!” is a rallying cry any True Progressive can get behind no matter what the alternative may be.
And this appointment certainly works to keep me from feeling any excessive exuberance or even a flutter of happiness, which I might have if Caroline had been given the opportunity to continue the path that her old fuddy-duddy uncles had established and maintained; can’t be having any of that. Needing now to live with this fine example of True Progressive political acumen, I am most decidedly not in any danger of being overly enthusiastic.
Well done, all; well played.
You must be so proud of yourselves.