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: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:22

lol, house!

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:28

Is Helen Reddy?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:31

lol! Fundi made a funny!

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 5:36

Apparently, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship recently docked in Haiti...oops!
How awkward...

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 5:36

All you GaGa dissers....check her out on "Ellen" 12/09. YouTube. "Poker Face", totally a capella.
She may look like David Bowie in drag, but sings as good as Madonna. Same voice.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:37

same voice as madonna? back in her "sounds like mini mouse on crack" days?

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 5:40

Madonna has to wear a tampon at all times...otherwise, her uterus would just fall right the hell out.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 5:41

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".

D7 keep up. One has to have children to have the Munch syndrome; I don't and don't care to have children. Step children don't count.

And Tourettes? The only time I tick is when you insult me. So lay off. I put up the truce flag and you're so thick that you failed to notice.

DustyU will U please chide SEVEN? He won't stop goading me on. waaaaaaa!

No thanks Blanket; I was house hunting at 37210 today.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:42

Can Buddy Hackett?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:43

too many brown people for you, sid?

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 5:44

fundi - I think you got a hold of one of those joke books for bored ten year olds :)

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:49

Actually, when I was 10, those were our jokes.... we thought we were hilarious ;-)

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 5:51

fundi - yeah 10 year olds have the most warped sense of humor in the world :)

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 6:01

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:43
too many brown people for you, sid?

Blanket, I have no clue what "too many brown people for you" means? What are brown people?

Are you trying to call me a racist? You don't know me. You don't know one real thing about who I am. So here's my question to you: "too many white people for you blanket?"

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 6:07

Sid: OK, Stay with the "Tourette's" eg., on Blanket.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 6:11

And besides that blanket, are you saying that only "brown" people are on welfare? You sound racist to me.

D7, good, I don't have tourette's and that is insulting to those poor folks who have to live with that syndrome.

I suppose next you'll say I have Autism. Or polio. Stop trying to insult me, D7. It's not even civilized. Let's have a truce.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 6:14

Blanket, is your neighborhood on welfare?