And it's not just the Kennedy's who are pissed that Paterson selected Kirsten Gillibrand for Hillary Clinton's seat in the Senate. Plenty of downstate Democrats are mad and gun grabbing Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has already vowed to primary Gillibrand in 2010.God, I love it when Democrats start squabbling over the scraps of power like this. All the nonsense about how they want to help the underprivileged and oppressed goes right out the window the minute Democrats see the chance to help themselves. First it was Blago's disgusting auction of Obama's Senate seat, and now this.
But that rift in the party may not be Paterson's biggest worry. Some analysts are saying that the snub of Andrew Cuomo guarantees that Mario's son will run against Paterson himself in 2010.
Hope! Change! Plunder!
UPDATE: Richard Fernandez:
It also exemplifies Obama’s mastery of the art of paying for the sellout with the IOU. He double-crossed McCain, and in the process double-crossed Kennedy. But he squared the account with a check in the mail. “Caroline”. A whisper was all it took. Of course, the check bounced. And how.It's beautiful to watch how these political pirates backstab each other with such glee. Republicans don't have to do anything except watch as the Democrats take turns aiming their knives at Obama's back.
UPDATE II: "A slapstick fiasco."
UPDATE III: Round-up and analysis from Jimmy at Sundries Shack.
UPDATE IV: Linked at RCP Best of the Blogs. And there's this from the Economist:
Lawrence O'Donnell . . . calls Kirsten Gillibrand, the two-term congressman chosen over Mrs Kennedy, the product of "the hack world producing the hack result that the hacks are happy with." . . .UPDATE V: Daniel Flynn at The American Spectator:
This is life in a one-party state. The Democrats rule New York so completely that these are the political debates they get into, about which dynasty deserves what, and about whose ego was bruised by which party official.
Anyone familiar with four generations of Kennedys in politics knows that when Paterson rejected Caroline Kennedy, the New York governor transformed a major soap opera into a blockbuster one.Kudos to Dan for the "Hell Hath No Fury" title -- great minds think alike.