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Sen. Chuck Schumer backs up on his criticism of the White House about Israel and the Palestinian’s….

[ Schumer and Netanyahu ]

In a suprising announcement a few weeks ago……

New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer lost himself and had a Israel moment…..

Schumer who IS Jewish..and needs to stay on point if he wants to succeeded Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader….

Blasted the White House for playing hardball with Benjamin Netanyahu on the settlements issue…..

Well Schumer has gone to the mountain….

And has changed his tune….

He now UNDERSTANDS the White House position…..

Damn right he does!

While I’m sure the story about the White House explaining their policy is a nice cover…

One would think that it would occur to Schumer that he’s going to running against the senior senator from Illinois for the Senate Majority position…

The President and most the White Staff is from?

Illinois…..

Right…..

Schumer needs to be on good terms with the White House…..

Schumer made big news last week when he said on said on the Nachum Segal Show that Obama’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “counterproductive.” He also said there was a battle going on about the policy inside the Obama administration and that if his side didn’t win, “we’ll have to take it to the next step.”

Backing off those comments Tuesday, the New York senator said that he now sees changes in the White House’s approach to dealing with pro-Israel groups in the United States and can envision the “possibility” of changes in the administration’s policies toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Schumer referred to a letter Obama sent to the Conference of Presidents, a coordinating body representing several dozen U.S. Jewish groups, on April 21 (note: this was before Schumer leveled his harsh critique) and said he had several “productive” discussions with White House officials over the last week that assured him they got the message.

“The interactions we’ve had are bringing people together and people in the pro-Israel community are feeling a sense that they’re being listened to and there might be some changes,” Schumer claimed.

National Security Advisor James L. Jones seemed to roll out a new tone last week, talking simultaneously about what the Obama administration wants to see from the Israelis and the Palestinians during remarks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that were overshadowed by the controversy over a Jewish joke Jones told (and for which he has subsequently apologized).

“In any sense they are asking Israel to do something, they want it to be closely interwoven with things they are asking of the Palestinians,” WINEP’s executive director Robert Satloff said after the speech.

More……..

Note….Schumer must be careful not to convey the impression that he is too beholding to Isreal…..While that plays good in his Brooklyn Home District…

It will not fly with Senator’s from the rest of country even though they understand why Schumer would be that way……

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sen. Chuck Schumer backs up on his criticism of the White House about Israel and the Palestinian's….

[ Schumer and Netanyahu ]

In a suprising announcement a few weeks ago……

New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer lost himself and had a Israel moment…..

Schumer who IS Jewish..and needs to stay on point if he wants to succeeded Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader….

Blasted the White House for playing hardball with Benjamin Netanyahu on the settlements issue…..

Well Schumer has gone to the mountain….

And has changed his tune….

He now UNDERSTANDS the White House position…..

Damn right he does!

While I’m sure the story about the White House explaining their policy is a nice cover…

One would think that it would occur to Schumer that he’s going to running against the senior senator from Illinois for the Senate Majority position…

The President and most the White Staff is from?

Illinois…..

Right…..

Schumer needs to be on good terms with the White House…..

Schumer made big news last week when he said on said on the Nachum Segal Show that Obama’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “counterproductive.” He also said there was a battle going on about the policy inside the Obama administration and that if his side didn’t win, “we’ll have to take it to the next step.”

Backing off those comments Tuesday, the New York senator said that he now sees changes in the White House’s approach to dealing with pro-Israel groups in the United States and can envision the “possibility” of changes in the administration’s policies toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Schumer referred to a letter Obama sent to the Conference of Presidents, a coordinating body representing several dozen U.S. Jewish groups, on April 21 (note: this was before Schumer leveled his harsh critique) and said he had several “productive” discussions with White House officials over the last week that assured him they got the message.

“The interactions we’ve had are bringing people together and people in the pro-Israel community are feeling a sense that they’re being listened to and there might be some changes,” Schumer claimed.

National Security Advisor James L. Jones seemed to roll out a new tone last week, talking simultaneously about what the Obama administration wants to see from the Israelis and the Palestinians during remarks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that were overshadowed by the controversy over a Jewish joke Jones told (and for which he has subsequently apologized).

“In any sense they are asking Israel to do something, they want it to be closely interwoven with things they are asking of the Palestinians,” WINEP’s executive director Robert Satloff said after the speech.

More……..

Note….Schumer must be careful not to convey the impression that he is too beholding to Isreal…..While that plays good in his Brooklyn Home District…

It will not fly with Senator’s from the rest of country even though they understand why Schumer would be that way……

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sen. Menendez is no Sen. Schumer…….

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.

[Some Democrats wonder if Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) lower-octane management style fits the desperate times.]

In January, with White House officials privately slamming Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez for bungling away Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, Chuck Schumer rose to his colleague’s defense during a closed-door Democratic lunch.

“Bob Menendez is running the DSCC during a very difficult time a more difficult time than when I was running it,” Schumer told the shell-shocked Democratic caucus, according to a person in the room. “We all ought to get behind him and realize it’s not 2006 or 2008.”

That Schumer felt compelled to take the extraordinary step of defending his successor showed just how fast Menendez’s stock has fallen following a series of devastating setbacks, culminating with this week’s surprise retirement announcement by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

It also represented Schumer’s recognition that many in the party have been unfavorably comparing Menendez’s tenure to his own two successful terms at the helm of the DSCC, which resulted in a historic net gain of 14 Democratic seats.

“Chuck – wow – he would call all the time, three, four times a week when he needed something, but I don’t ever hear from Menendez unless I initiate the contact,” said a Washington-based donor who has bundled tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to the committee.

“You just don’t have the same level of energy from Bob, he just doesn’t push you like Chuck would,” the source added.

“And that makes it a lot easier to say no.”

Many donors are still saying yes, of course. DSCC officials tell POLITICO that the loss of the Massachusetts race hasn’t hurt fundraising, and the committee had its best January ever, raking in $5.1 million. The committee now has $12.9 million in cash in the bank, despite spending at least $2.5 million in the unsuccessful attempt to hang on to Kennedy’s old seat.

And no one claims Menendez is entirely to blame for Martha Coakley’s humiliating defeat in Massachusetts, the retirements of Bayh and North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan and Beau Biden’s decision to skip the Delaware Senate race. They cite any number of external factors that have dimmed the party’s prospects: the tanking popularity of President Barack Obama and his policies, the inevitability of Democratic letdown after four years of historic successes and, above all, the lousy economy.

More………

The Democrats are in a natural downswing….battered by a rookie President’s mistakes and inattention….a slowly recovering economy and a need for more jobs……this is odd time to be Menendez’s shoe’s…..But it will be normal to yearn for the Schumer touch in Democratic Senate circles………

Schumer has his eyes on a bigger prize…but Menedez needs to do his part for Schumer to succeed…

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

The Fight for Senate Majority Leader Reid’s spot has begun…….

Merlin advised the Dog that he though that if Senator Reid packed it in (he say’s he isn’t right now)…..Senator Durbin (IlL – D) would be the natural choice to succeed Reid…….The Dog coached Merlin that he should not be surprised to see Sen Chuck Schumer aceing for the spot……

Well what do you know?!……

The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees (PACs), which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Schumer declined requests for comment.

Why…you ask?

“You have a leadership PAC for a reason: You give to people that you want to support you at some point in the future,” said a former aide to one of the Democratic leaders. “Is a future leadership race part of the calculation when you give? Yes, it is.”

Who wants it more?

A Durbin ally said the possibility of replacing Reid is “far more in the mind of Chuck Schumer than anyone else” but acknowledged that Durbin has by no means ignored the possibility.

“Chuck’s level of activity of giving to his colleagues has been pretty consistent and Chuck wants to be the first to help out just generally,” said the source. “It’s part of the reason he led the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)] for two election cycles.

“Essentially, 14 Senate Democrats owe their seats to him and he wants to continue to protect that majority that he helped to build,” the source added.

Nuff said……

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , , | 11 Comments

The Fight for Senate Majority Leader Reid's spot has begun…….

Merlin advised the Dog that he though that if Senator Reid packed it in (he say’s he isn’t right now)…..Senator Durbin (IlL – D) would be the natural choice to succeed Reid…….The Dog coached Merlin that he should not be surprised to see Sen Chuck Schumer aceing for the spot……

Well what do you know?!……

The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees (PACs), which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Schumer declined requests for comment.

Why…you ask?

“You have a leadership PAC for a reason: You give to people that you want to support you at some point in the future,” said a former aide to one of the Democratic leaders. “Is a future leadership race part of the calculation when you give? Yes, it is.”

Who wants it more?

A Durbin ally said the possibility of replacing Reid is “far more in the mind of Chuck Schumer than anyone else” but acknowledged that Durbin has by no means ignored the possibility.

“Chuck’s level of activity of giving to his colleagues has been pretty consistent and Chuck wants to be the first to help out just generally,” said the source. “It’s part of the reason he led the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)] for two election cycles.

“Essentially, 14 Senate Democrats owe their seats to him and he wants to continue to protect that majority that he helped to build,” the source added.

Nuff said……

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , , | 11 Comments

New Yorks' Senator Chuck Schumer's polling numbers move downward……..

Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide.  For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%.  According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly.  This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing.

Click Here for Complete February 1, 2010 NYS Schumer Poll Release and Tables

The approval rating of New York’s senior senator has declined over the past couple of months. In  Marist’s last survey on January 15th, 51% said Schumer was doing an above average job.  In November, he received a thumbs-up from54% of registered voters in New York, and just last September, his approval rating was 58%.

Schumer’s decline is most pronounced in New York City.  51% of New York City voters currently give Schumer high marks while 57% did the same two weeks ago, 64% in November, and 66% in September.

“Senator Schumer is not immune from the anti-incumbent sentiment among voters, but it would take a major effort to unseat him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

However, this is not Schumer’s lowest approval rating.  That occurred in March 2000 when The Marist Poll found 39% of registered voters statewide gave Schumer good grades.

The senior Senator from New York owns this seat…..But he needs to back away from the Gillibrand vs Ford thing….and let the voters decide who THEY want….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

New Yorks’ Senator Chuck Schumer’s polling numbers move downward……..

Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide.  For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%.  According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly.  This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing.

Click Here for Complete February 1, 2010 NYS Schumer Poll Release and Tables

The approval rating of New York’s senior senator has declined over the past couple of months. In  Marist’s last survey on January 15th, 51% said Schumer was doing an above average job.  In November, he received a thumbs-up from54% of registered voters in New York, and just last September, his approval rating was 58%.

Schumer’s decline is most pronounced in New York City.  51% of New York City voters currently give Schumer high marks while 57% did the same two weeks ago, 64% in November, and 66% in September.

“Senator Schumer is not immune from the anti-incumbent sentiment among voters, but it would take a major effort to unseat him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

However, this is not Schumer’s lowest approval rating.  That occurred in March 2000 when The Marist Poll found 39% of registered voters statewide gave Schumer good grades.

The senior Senator from New York owns this seat…..But he needs to back away from the Gillibrand vs Ford thing….and let the voters decide who THEY want….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

New York's Sen Gillibrand gets critical looks…and is found wanting…..

It is starting to happen….Once the media and politico’s in New York find it safe to speak out against Chuck Schumer’s Kirsten Gillibrand…the flood gates are going to open…..here’s the first on many pieces on the junior New York Senator appointed ….not elected…to her job…..

<br /> (Getty Images)

In the 12 months since Governor David Paterson made Kirsten Gillibrand a senator, her poll numbers have done something rather remarkable: that is, nothing.

There are several explanations for why Ms. Gillibrand’s statewide approval ratings have spent a year mired in the mid-20s, despite her superior title and elevated profile: Her appointment process was publicly bungled; her stance on issues like guns and gay rights evolved in disarmingly short order; and, since she’s never had to run a statewide campaign, many voters still don’t know who she is, or, for that matter, what she’s doing down in Washington.

But the junior senator may also be battling something more fundamental: her voice.

“Kirsten Gillibrand has what I would call a non-regional American young female’s accent,” wrote Dr. Bert Vaux, a sociolinguistics scholar at the University of Cambridge, who was asked by The Observer to analyze Ms. Gillibrand’s public speaking. “Though I lack the phonetic expertise to put my finger on what exactly is involved in this, her voice quality is of the sort that is typically associated with pre-workforce-age white American females. Judging by the case of this woman, this speech pattern has now extended into higher age ranges.”

Though Dr. Vaux stressed we should all avoid our “pre-programmed” tendency to form biases based solely on someone’s speech, he noted that Ms. Gillibrand often employs a “rising intonation pattern at the end of declarative clauses that lay people tend to associate with teenage girls,” a tendency that gives way to a “classic trigger of linguistic profiling.”

Translation: She sounds more like the cheerleader than the class president.

Ms. Gillibrand offered one concrete example of this amid a scrum of reporters in Harlem earlier this week. “Martha’s gonna wiin!” she squeaked, referring to Martha Coakley, the Democrats’ embattled Senate candidate in Massachusetts. “Martha’s gonna wiiiin!” she said, her voice rising even higher. “Just be positive!”

“In general, she speaks in a much less formal register than one expects from a senator,” Dr. Vaux wrote.

What exactly one expects from a senator has become a subject of growing debate, as Ms. Gillibrand increasingly tries to beat back a potential primary challenger, former congressman Harold Ford Jr.—a smooth-talking scion of Tennessee’s back-slapping political establishment, whose chief qualification seems to be that he presents better than she does.

A Poor Contrast

Take, for example, a joint appearance by the senator and her would-be challenger on Jan. 18 at Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in East Harlem.

Mr. Ford was in his element. Speaking without notes, he leaned on the lectern and spun stories, effortlessly, about the years he spent growing up around his grandmother’s house in Memphis. (He made sure to include the anecdote that spawned his forthcoming book—More Davids Than Goliaths, slated for publication one week before New York’s primary.) His cadences were relaxed and familiar. When he delivered his laugh lines, the audience laughed. When Mr. Ford began a Bible verse, the audience piped up to help him finish it.

“I felt like he knew how the audience would respond,” said Dina Mathis, a 43-year-old from Co-op City who was in the audience.

“He’s great,” one reporter gushed to another.

Ms. Gillibrand’s delivery was somewhat less inspiring.

“At this time of immense hope and possibility, that is best symbolized with Barack Obama as our president, there is still inequity, injustice and inaction that persist,” she said.

The speech received occasional bursts of polite applause.

“It was a well-written speech, but unfortunately, she read it,” said Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin. “It didn’t come from her emotions. Be passionate. I like what she said, but it didn’t come across that way because she was reading it.”

With grim, almost systematic regularity since her appointment as senator, Ms. Gillibrand has underwhelmed audiences at precisely the times at which the most eyes were on her. At her initial press conference on Jan. 23, standing beside Al D’Amato, she named a long list of relatives and mentors, and touched on a hodgepodge of policy issues, without any discernible narrative arc or even basic structure. In the process, she missed a congratulatory call from the president.

And then on July 13, when she was given five minutes to introduce Supreme Court nominee, and fellow New Yorker, Sonia Sotomayor—a national coming-out party engineered in part by Ms. Gillibrand’s mentor, Senator Chuck Schumer—Ms. Gillibrand delivered a deliberate set of remarks that came painfully close to sounding like a biographical report presented to the class. As she stretched past the six-minute mark, the Senate Judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, had heard enough.

“Senator, we’re going to have to put your full statement in the record so that Judge Sotomayor can be heard,” Mr. Leahy said.

“May I conclude my remarks?” Ms. Gillibrand asked with a smile

“If it can be done in the next few seconds, Senator.”

“Yep, one minute,” she said.

He grumbled. She skipped to her last line.

You see?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

New York’s Sen Gillibrand gets critical looks…and is found wanting…..

It is starting to happen….Once the media and politico’s in New York find it safe to speak out against Chuck Schumer’s Kirsten Gillibrand…the flood gates are going to open…..here’s the first on many pieces on the junior New York Senator appointed ….not elected…to her job…..

<br /> (Getty Images)

In the 12 months since Governor David Paterson made Kirsten Gillibrand a senator, her poll numbers have done something rather remarkable: that is, nothing.

There are several explanations for why Ms. Gillibrand’s statewide approval ratings have spent a year mired in the mid-20s, despite her superior title and elevated profile: Her appointment process was publicly bungled; her stance on issues like guns and gay rights evolved in disarmingly short order; and, since she’s never had to run a statewide campaign, many voters still don’t know who she is, or, for that matter, what she’s doing down in Washington.

But the junior senator may also be battling something more fundamental: her voice.

“Kirsten Gillibrand has what I would call a non-regional American young female’s accent,” wrote Dr. Bert Vaux, a sociolinguistics scholar at the University of Cambridge, who was asked by The Observer to analyze Ms. Gillibrand’s public speaking. “Though I lack the phonetic expertise to put my finger on what exactly is involved in this, her voice quality is of the sort that is typically associated with pre-workforce-age white American females. Judging by the case of this woman, this speech pattern has now extended into higher age ranges.”

Though Dr. Vaux stressed we should all avoid our “pre-programmed” tendency to form biases based solely on someone’s speech, he noted that Ms. Gillibrand often employs a “rising intonation pattern at the end of declarative clauses that lay people tend to associate with teenage girls,” a tendency that gives way to a “classic trigger of linguistic profiling.”

Translation: She sounds more like the cheerleader than the class president.

Ms. Gillibrand offered one concrete example of this amid a scrum of reporters in Harlem earlier this week. “Martha’s gonna wiin!” she squeaked, referring to Martha Coakley, the Democrats’ embattled Senate candidate in Massachusetts. “Martha’s gonna wiiiin!” she said, her voice rising even higher. “Just be positive!”

“In general, she speaks in a much less formal register than one expects from a senator,” Dr. Vaux wrote.

What exactly one expects from a senator has become a subject of growing debate, as Ms. Gillibrand increasingly tries to beat back a potential primary challenger, former congressman Harold Ford Jr.—a smooth-talking scion of Tennessee’s back-slapping political establishment, whose chief qualification seems to be that he presents better than she does.

A Poor Contrast

Take, for example, a joint appearance by the senator and her would-be challenger on Jan. 18 at Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in East Harlem.

Mr. Ford was in his element. Speaking without notes, he leaned on the lectern and spun stories, effortlessly, about the years he spent growing up around his grandmother’s house in Memphis. (He made sure to include the anecdote that spawned his forthcoming book—More Davids Than Goliaths, slated for publication one week before New York’s primary.) His cadences were relaxed and familiar. When he delivered his laugh lines, the audience laughed. When Mr. Ford began a Bible verse, the audience piped up to help him finish it.

“I felt like he knew how the audience would respond,” said Dina Mathis, a 43-year-old from Co-op City who was in the audience.

“He’s great,” one reporter gushed to another.

Ms. Gillibrand’s delivery was somewhat less inspiring.

“At this time of immense hope and possibility, that is best symbolized with Barack Obama as our president, there is still inequity, injustice and inaction that persist,” she said.

The speech received occasional bursts of polite applause.

“It was a well-written speech, but unfortunately, she read it,” said Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin. “It didn’t come from her emotions. Be passionate. I like what she said, but it didn’t come across that way because she was reading it.”

With grim, almost systematic regularity since her appointment as senator, Ms. Gillibrand has underwhelmed audiences at precisely the times at which the most eyes were on her. At her initial press conference on Jan. 23, standing beside Al D’Amato, she named a long list of relatives and mentors, and touched on a hodgepodge of policy issues, without any discernible narrative arc or even basic structure. In the process, she missed a congratulatory call from the president.

And then on July 13, when she was given five minutes to introduce Supreme Court nominee, and fellow New Yorker, Sonia Sotomayor—a national coming-out party engineered in part by Ms. Gillibrand’s mentor, Senator Chuck Schumer—Ms. Gillibrand delivered a deliberate set of remarks that came painfully close to sounding like a biographical report presented to the class. As she stretched past the six-minute mark, the Senate Judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, had heard enough.

“Senator, we’re going to have to put your full statement in the record so that Judge Sotomayor can be heard,” Mr. Leahy said.

“May I conclude my remarks?” Ms. Gillibrand asked with a smile

“If it can be done in the next few seconds, Senator.”

“Yep, one minute,” she said.

He grumbled. She skipped to her last line.

You see?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

In New York State…Rookie Sen. Gillibrand maybe turning into a liability for her mentor Sen. Schumer…..

The Dog has pushed for a primary between Harold Ford Jr. and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to the chagrin of veteran Senator Chuck Schumer…her mentor….

With Ford just about ready to in, against rookie Senator  Gillibrand (who never ran for her job, but was picked ), people are beginning to hear Fords argument, that he’s not beholden to Schumer, Reid…or even the White House…..( Brown’s win amplifies his message, and finally gives Ford some traction)

This is the beginning of trouble for Chuck Schumer, who has run interference for Gillibrand, since she arrived on the scene, and who is weak candidate, that does not poll well in a state, she has represented, since last year…..if  someone else besides Ford jumps in….things are going really to get messy and the seat becomes up for grabs in a democratic primary……

I wonder if Rep. Weiner  (NY-D) is available?….hum?

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment