Liberal Democrats have been wary of her because she ran for re-election with the backing of the National Rifle Association, opposed the federal TARP program to rescue banks, and has been less than enthusiastic about gay marriage.
And she was supported by Schmuck Chewer Chuck Schumer. So what gives? Good news, I guess, but what’s the game plan?
UPDATE 8:20 PM: I was coming home and heard a bit about her, and about Chuckie’s support (and McCarthy calling her “an NRA poster child”) And it came to me:
Has small children? Check
Meteoric political rise, beating an entrenched opponent? Check
Comes from an ignored part of her overall polity? Check
Not bad looking? Check
Religious? Dunno, but I’m betting.
Kristen Gillibrand is the Sarah Palin of the Left. Paterson is not stupid; he knows a winning formula when he sees one. Ditto Chuckie. It’s typical of the Democrats though to try something that’s already been done.