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  •  Gillibrand was fine in the way she (2+ / 0-)
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    characterized her role. It was Jon who was over the top in discussing what is to date a modest legislative record. .

    •  Well. (6+ / 0-)

      I disagree her record is modest. I guess you can disagree, first considers how long it takes to get things done in the Senate, she's racked up a pretty impressive record.

      There's a lot that could have held her back, she's very young by Senate standard, she was unelected, she's a woman in an overwhelming boy's club...

      To rack up her win sheet in just two years says a lot about her smarts, determination, savvy, hard work, and yes, luck.

      "You can't hardly separate homosexuals from subversives."--Senator Kenneth Wherry, 1950.

      by Scott Wooledge on Wed Jan 05, 2011 at 11:11:42 AM PST

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      •  But ... consider the issues (0+ / 0-)

        Doesn't it strike you that the issues she's taken up have been carefully selected to give her the win? 9/11 responders? Crib saftey? And her latest, jobs for veterans? Hardly controversial or especially progressive and certainly not transformative. Is she building to be a position to take on the tougher and more divisive issues? Maybe and I'd applaud her smarts, but maybe she's just ambitious and opportunistic. It's way too early for these kinds of accolades in my book.

        •  Of course. (2+ / 0-)
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          I am sure she's branch out. The time to put forth really tough, challenging issues and bills is not when you are brand new and an appointee. Build some respect and goodwill first (and impress your colleagues by taking 63% of the vote.)

          That's known as being politically savvy.  I saw a poster just last week say they thought DADT advocacy was going to be her "political suicide." Which is political stupidity. On DADT, she saw an opening wide as the Grand Canyon, an overdue issue and not a single Senator willing to take it up and tag-team with Murphy from the House. (And it wasn't selected for her, she jumped party leadership's gun, it appears.)

          I think she's made smart choices. Sure crib safety is easy, but she's a young mother with kids, it's a constituency group that can, will and does relate to her. She's built strong ties to mommy blogs too.

          Yes, it's kind of obvious.  But as someone observed upthread, savvy, canny and effective is unfortunately, rarer than ever these days.

          "You can't hardly separate homosexuals from subversives."--Senator Kenneth Wherry, 1950.

          by Scott Wooledge on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 04:01:21 AM PST

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