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Re: Caroline Kennedy is Sarah Palin 2.0

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Bill’s resonse to Sydney’s post, “Caroline Kennedy is Sarah Palin 2.0

Now I absolutely love Caroline Kennedy, and I absolutely do not love Sarah Palin, but you do make some interesting comparisons between them. Kennedy is less qualified than Andrew Cuomo, and it is true that she hasn’t won (or even run for) an elected office before.

However, not only does she have reasonable qualifications, her celebrity is actually a huge asset for the hypothetical Senator Caroline Kennedy, but for the state of New York as well. 

Qualifications
First off, Caroline Kennedy has grown up in a family that is practically synonymous with American politics, so she’s not stepping into this arena without a clear idea of how things work. She also knows just about every person out there if she has any questions.

Second, she hasn’t just been sitting around all these years. She didn’t just “raise some money,” she was the director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the the New York City Department of Education. She took a $1 a year salary and helped raise $65 million dollars. That’s true stateswomanship. 

Celebrity
True, I didn’t like Sarah Palin. I didn’t think an exciting inexperienced woman was qualified to be President, and that’s what the VP needs to be, a worst-case-scenario backup President.

In the Senate, however, celebrity goes a long way. Hillary Clinton was a powerhouse in the Senate, and that was largely because if she wanted something done she could go on the press and people would talk about it, because Hillary Clinton was a household name across the country. You can’t find a better household name than “Kennedy.” 

Now these are reasons that I think Caroline Kennedy would be a good Senator. However, as you point out, less than a third of New Yorkers agree with me. That’s Gov. Paterson’s problem. He’s the only voter that Cuomo, Kennedy, or any other interested candidate needs to win over. Personally I like Nate Silver’s (of FiveThirtyEight.com) idea. Get all the candidates on Larry King and let the people get to know them. Then take a poll and see who’s the most popular. At the end of the day I think Caroline Kennedy would make a great Senator, but as long as Gov. Paterson doesn’t pull a Blagojevich and sell the seat to the highest bidder I’ll be happy.

Written by Bill Watson

December 19, 2008 at 1:53 am

Caroline Kennedy is Sarah Palin 2.0

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Only picked because she was a woman. Under-qualified. No experience. Sound familiar?

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Everyone from Harry Reid to the New York Post is excited about giving Caroline Kennedy Hillary’s old Senate seat, but is she really anything more than a gimmick? 

There are many qualified candidates out there, such as Rep. Kristin Gillibrand, Rep. Brian Higgins, and Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo. Andrew Cuomo, however, takes the cake. He was Secretary of the Deparment of Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton and is now New York’s Attorney General. And, sorry to break it to you over in Nevada Senator Reid, but the people of New York actually prefer Cuomo.

Along with the democratic insiders excited about her last name, feminist groups are also furiously lobbying the governor to choose a woman. Now I consider myself a feminist, but that’s just ridiculous. I thought we feminists wanted people chosen for their qualifications, not their gender. Cuomo is more qualified and I’d be writing the same thing if the choice was between Carl Kennedy and Andrea Cuomo. 

Now, I’m probably not going to be a fan of whatever liberal Gov. Paterson finally does appoint, but I do think that someone who has actually served the public and won an election before should be chosen over a philanthropist with a famous dad. 

I don’t want to put down Ms. Kennedy; she’s done some great work raising money for NY’s public schools. However, does anyone really believe she’d be considered at all if it weren’t for her family’s legacy?

Written by Sydney Vinick

December 18, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Re: A New Era of Democratic Domination

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Sydney’s response to Bill’s post, “A New Era of Democratic Domination

Things certainly do look bad for the GOP this year, but I think you may be taking this one victory to mean too much. I say this for one main reason: both Barack Obama and George Bush are exceptional people. 

Barack Obama is exceptionally appealing, and George Bush is exceptionally unpopular. Democrats in the future won’t have Obama’s unique appeal, and they won’t have a disastrous Bush presidency to run against. We saw in Georgia how well a Democrat did without Obama’s coattails among the African-American population.

Democrats have total control now, and that means they can’t blame Republicans for the country’s problems anymore. Fair or not, everything that goes wrong will be blamed on them.

However, that’s not to say that the Republican Party doesn’t have some changes to make.

Step 1? Showing Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove the door. Divisive culture wars designed to “fire up the base” are an easy way to win elections if your base is bigger than the Democrats’, but as you said that’s not true anymore. 

Conservatism isn’t dead, and I still believe that this is a center-right country. Republicans just have to stop preaching to the choir and start reaching out to the American people and explain how traditional fiscially responsible, small-government values make sense for everybody. 

If Republicans remember who they are and what they stand for, there’s no reason to think that they can’t become competetive again in 2014 or 2016, if not 2012. That is, however, assuming they don’t spend very long experimenting with the Sarah Palins of the Party.

Written by Sydney Vinick

December 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

A New Era of Democratic Domination

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Barack Obama’s victory last month wasn’t the largest electoral margin in recent history. Bill Clinton got more votes in 1992 (370) and in 1996 (379). Every Republican between Carter and Clinton got over 400. Walter Mondale got a measly 13 to Reagan’s 525 in 1984. 

However, in many ways it marks a monumental shift in political arena. There just aren’t enough Republicans out there anymore.

America’s voting population is becoming more urban, less white, better educated, and younger. All of those demographics are solidly democratic. Obama even got an electoral vote in Nebraska because of Omaha’s urban center. He also performed very well among Latinos, and I don’t need to tell you how important that fast-growing group will be in el futuro. 

John McCain ran away from his liberal streak and straight for the Republican base. He shifted his position on the Bush tax cuts, among other things…

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As many Republicans are beginning to realize, however, the “base” just isn’t enough anymore.

Democrats were dominant from the 1930s to the 1960s, and the GOP has been destroying the Democrats since Nixon won in 1968. It looks like it might be our time again.

Written by Bill Watson

December 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Re: Welcome

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Sydney’s response to Bill’s post, “Welcome

Well said Bill.

I’m Sydney and I’m one of something of a dying breed: Republicans. It seems like us conservatives are being cast in a pretty bad light these days, and I’d like to try and dispel some of the misconceptions here. I picture this as sort of a blog version of Hannity and Colmes, only I’ll let Bill talk and hopefully he wont’ quit. 

If you have an idea for something we should discuss here, or if you want to add your own two cents, please write a comment or click the contact links on the sides of this page!

Written by Sydney Vinick

December 17, 2008 at 5:59 am

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Welcome

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I know the question all of the dozen-or-so people reading this must be asking, What is this blog about? 

Why start another blog about poltics now, when that ‘s all anybody is talking about anyway? Just look at WordPress’s tag cloud.

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For all the discussion out there, almost all of it seems like people shouting their opinion without anyone listening. That’s not a real debate. You can go to the Daily Kos if you want the liberal perspective, but that’s all you’ll get there. What if there was a place where a liberal and a republican would really engage and respond directly to what the other is saying? That’s where I got the idea for this blog and the cheesy title for it. 

I’m Bill Watson, and I’ll be the liberal perspective, and in a little while Sydney Vinick, resident Republican, will introduce herself as well. 

I invite all of you to comment too, whatever your political leanings may be.

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December 17, 2008 at 5:58 am

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