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  •  I've no reservations on Gillibrand (7+ / 0-)

    She was my congressperson before she was my senator. She did great work on Don't Ask Don't Tell and is doing great work on marriage equality. I've had the good fortune of meeting her, and there's a real person in there -- something you can't say about Robme, Brownie, or any other GOPher I can name.

    "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

    by Oliver Tiger on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:07:29 PM PDT

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    •  She's spectactular on issues of... (2+ / 0-)
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      marriage equality and gay rights.
      And that's nothing to dismiss, it's the civil rights issue of our time.

      But, when it comes to issues of concern to workers, the poor, middle class and average tax payers wary of Wall Street excesses I remain suspicious of her.

      I know the face of discrimination and applaud any who oppose it, and Kirsten Gillibrand certainly has on the issue of gay rights. But there's a war afoot on the poor/working class and, on that score, I don't trust her.

      Btw, the temptation is to click my name, realize I'm likely black(I am) and retreat into a bogus kabuki(dclawyer has his black President, why can't I have my pro-gay rights Senator?).

      That is a stupid and dangerous game.

      First, it ignores the fact that I've argued President Obama should be watched like a hawk since his 1st day in office. My delight at his achievement as a black man is not the issue. We also have to pay attention to pocketbook issues, and wrt both he and Kirsten Gillibrand, I demand more.

      Not just empty platitudes but leadership on growing income inequality and the war on workers.

      If I wanted to shut down any debate on income inequality, I could pop online, jump into a thread/diary and howl about my feelings as a black man and how I wanted more respect shown to President Obama, was tired of centuries of racism, and I'd shut down most debates.

      I suppose gay rights advocates could do the same for Gillibrand. But both tactics are poisonous, dangerous and allow politicians to escape serious scrutiny.

      Focus, dood.

    •  Sorry for long comment... (0+ / 0-)

      But I want to describe, in detail, the reasons I find your argument unconvincing and even dangerous...

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