Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:37am

New York state of mind

This letter is in response to A.C. Kleinheider's opinion piece on Harold Ford, Jr., entitled, Difficult, Not Impossible: Junior Can Win In New York, [The City Paper, Jan. 11].

In it, Mr. Kleinheider generalizes and stereotypes; he wrote, “New Yorkers like to think they’re better than everyone else…” and “…black voters like to vote for black candidates.”

Using those two dubious premises as the basis of his argument, Kleinheider concludes with this, “With the right team and a few well-connected New York benefactors, he could take the New York political world by storm, win the race as an independent and keep an African American in the Senate.”

I do not think so. As a native New Yorker, I know that N.Y. politics are not intuitive — things are seldom as they appear. Empire State politics are a byzantine and convoluted mass of competing special interests.

Has Junior pledged allegiance to AIPAC? If not, his campaign is going nowhere. AIPAC thoroughly approves of Sen. Gillibrand, why change horses needlessly?

Without the support of AIPAC, Senator Chuck Schumer, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson, Harold Ford Jr. cannot advance politically in New York. It's just that simple.

Kleinheider wraps up his rather delusional rant with, “It seems crazy, but it just might work.” With all due respect, sir, it doesn’t just seem crazy, it is crazy.

James E. Knight, 14559

 

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267 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 3:18

Gotta go play poker.
Bye ya'll

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:18

slack - I'll design your website for you - when do we start?

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 3:20

Hope you didn't bet on the Cowboys, slacker. Hate to say I told you so...but...

By: Dragon on 1/19/10 at 3:21

At the end of the day, it appears the Democrats did not learn the lesson from the failed Clintoncare of the 90s. Clinton failed because it was crafted in secret behind closed doors. The current Obamacare is also being crafted in secret, behind closed doors, by only Democrats from congress and the White House with Union leaders being invited. The 46% of America who did not vote for Obama and essentially being represented by the Republicans are being excluded. Opinion polls on Congress reflect the inate distrust Americans have of politician in Congress.

You may not like to see how sausage is made, but, if it is done in secret, most Americans will refuse to eat it..

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:22

slacker's playing poker face with Lady Gaga

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 3:23

Is it coincidence that Dragon uses a "sausage" analogy??

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:24

gdia - sorry to tell ya but I'm one of those few that are allergic to all that stuff - found out in military - P/A at Vanderbilt didn't believe me - I ended up laying on the floor packed in ice for a while :( Can't do painkillers stronger than tylenol - murder at dentist - lucky I can't afford one :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:25

he's already doing the happy dance, g. what a disgrace.

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 3:26

gdia: Enough politics. Over at the San Diego Trib. it's the blog on VJackson of the Chargers, who was on his way to the stadium, was pulled over by the SDPD for "loud music". Had expired tags, suspended license, no insurance, and on probation for 2 prior DUI's. They cuffed him but let him go.
They impounded his car, and he calls....Rivers! to come pick him up on the side of the road! The QB...who's in deep meditation on how to beat the Jets...the nose tackle or center, or someone other than the QB?

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:31

d7 - interesting :)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/19/chargers-jackson-was-cited-police-sundays-game/

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:32

During a recent password audit at a company, it was found that a blonde paralegal named Diane was using the following password:

"MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento"

When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 3:32

Dusty, you don't have to wait that long if you have an appointment time. They are better than GenH, believe me-I've been to both many times. They have a diabetic clinic at MW once a month where you can get your blood done & H1C test, get your feet checked by the podiatrist, get your eyes checked, and your teeth checked. It is WORTH IT MAN so go back and do as I say! LOL Call and make an appointment right now. You have nothing to lose! ;>}

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:22
slacker's playing poker face with Lady Gaga

Good one! And, thanks for the ear worm, blanket! LOL I bought my son her double cd last weekend--guess I'll hear all of it on our way to ATL this weekend! Whew! I may need some medicinal MJ for that trip!

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 3:34

Ba-dam-bump, blanket! lol

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:37

blanket - cute :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:42

Dusty, the only unemployed person I know of, is Funditto, and I think slacker just hired her.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:43

or at least a "tall boy" Mama!

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:43

ok house - count me too - hope slacker gets us working fast! :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:45

d7, Rivers is a smarmy little pr**k...he's not stopping to pick anybody up.
I had him as my fantasy QB this year, but I can't stand him.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:46

MamaG, about that MJ...talk to the guy Blanket gets her TVs from.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:49

lol, house! he might just know about that.....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:49

his name is Leroy Brown. moved down from Chicago a while back. when he lived up there he was the baddest man in the whole damn town. least that's what i heard.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:50

Dusty, check the HR/jobs area on www.vanderbilt.edu.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:52

Rocky Racoon was no pushover, either.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:52

Hey, where'd my other "c" go?
Nemo....

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 3:54

Pain: You may be right. They, SD, lost at home by a 23 year old Jet's QB. But, the SD kicker missed 3 FG's. Maybe Rivers is a pr**ck, but the kicker, if he's still alive, shouldn't be. And should be a double hangin'...that Cowboys kicker, too.
Hang 'Em High.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:54

blanket - I used to have all croce's records - loved the one with the fat chick story on it!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:55

i'm not familiar with the fat chick story, but i do love croce!

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:56

He was my kicker in the playoff challenge last weekend. I can't disagree with you.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 3:58

"Earth to Doris", by Was Not Was is my favorite "story" song.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:59

not "alice's restaurant"?

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:59

blanket - talked about loading her in his car with a forklift :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 4:00

Nope, but that one ain't too bad...long-winded, however.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:02

i like "Red Barcetta" from Rush.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 4:02

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/10 at 10:40
By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 10:38
hey, pretty soon we'll get to hear about sid's insomnia and incontinence.

Sorry to disappoint you both; suffer from neither.

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 4:02

D-U: I was once the Matire 'd at "Croce's" in San Diego....about , let's see, 17 years ago. His wife, Ingrid, was still in shock over his death. And she was remarried.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 4:03

I think "Earth to Doris" mentions the Loveless Cafe.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 4:04

d7 - wasn't that the gay piano bar K3 walked into? :)

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 4:05

Sid: Good. Insommnia and incontinence are highly overrated. You should stay focused on "Munchousen Syndrome". Or "Tourette's".

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 4:07

D-U: K-3 tried. He found out we didn't have a piano so he went over to "Dick's Last Resort". That's what Dick said, anyway.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 4:09

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:21
yeah, house. i don't see why some posters are so up in arms about the WIC.

yeah, i'd take $40 mil to leave! lol!

Great! Blanket, where do you live? I'll call my councilman and let him know your neighborhood is up for a WIC office location.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 4:09

house thanks for Vandy link about jobs but 20 years ago I got stupid - lost my temper with a drunk 2nd Lt. - destroyed my life/ ended his - vandy doesn't hire ex-felons

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 4:11

I can't keep up with ya'll...
Back to this professional protesting idea. We should protest protesters. I'd hire me to do that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:12

i live in 37210 and wouldn't mind, sid.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:12

my councilperson is Anna Page.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 4:12

d7 - that sounds like that restaurant/motel halfway between Anchorage and Fairbanks in Alaska - called skinny d^cks halfway inn (for real!)

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 4:13

Slacker, thanks! Do we get the rotten veggies from sidney's garden said by mama.

I'll call you as soon as they rot.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 4:13

fundi - sign me up!

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 4:16

My councilperson is Helen Hunt.
If you want support, go to Helen Hunt for it.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 4:18

house - that one is so old my grandpa told it to me! :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 4:19

Fun:
"1,2,3...don't you wave your signs at me!
4,5,6...that chanting makes you sound like d**ks!"