Pataki Endorses Wendy Long for United States Senate

August 9, 2012 at 7:00 am (George Pataki, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Obamacare, United States Senate, Wendy Long)

Former New York Governor George E. Pataki today enthusiastically endorsed Wendy Long for the United States Senate.

The three-term Governor said, “We need to send Wendy Long to Washington to cast the deciding vote to repeal Obamacare, end our dangerousaddiction to borrowing and do what the Senate has failed to do for over three-years: finally pass a budget.”

Added Pataki, “In Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long, New Yorkers have a clear choice between an ultra liberal agenda that favors higher taxes and government intervention versus a belief in limited government that values individual freedom and private sector initiative.”

Wendy Long said, “I am honored to have Governor Pataki’s endorsement – he proved that Republican-conservative policies work. Under his leadership, more than one million New Yorkers got off the welfare rolls, and crime was reduced so that New York was transformed from one of the most dangerous to one of the safest states in America, George Pataki reversed the liberal slide in New York, as Senator I will reverse it in Washington.”

Pataki concluded, “It’s the old saying, ‘be careful what you wish for,’ Senator Gillibrand keeps saying she wants more women in politics – now let’s see if she wants to debate them too.”

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While New York is Struggling With Unemployment, Kirsten Gillibrand is Hosting Book Clubs

August 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm (Book Club, Conservative, Department of Labor, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Off the Sidelines, Unemployment, Wendy Long)

… But not for the reasons you’d expect.

The New York State Republican Committee is hopping mad over an apparent lack of focus toward matters of import by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

The U.S. Department of Labor reported yesterday that unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 328 of the 372 metropolitan areas across America, with only 32 metro areas registering higher unemployment. 

Shockingly, each and every one of New York’s 13 metropolitan areas registered higher unemployment year-over-year with the state rate at 9.1% and a New York City rate at 10.3%.  New York State accounted for more than one-third of all the areas nationwide that reported higher unemployment rates. 

Senator Gillibrand’s answer? 

Pass a budget?  No!  

Cut taxes and cut spending to allow job growth?  No! 

Get cosponsors for her own phony “jobs bills” and get them to the Senate floor? No! 

Stand up for New York’s interests in Washington?  No! 

Gillibrand’s answer:  Book Club!

Indeed, Gillibrand will be hosting a second online book club chat this evening for the web site “OffTheSidelines.org”, claiming the effort is about “bringing women’s voices to the forefront” and “focus(ing) on the issues and stories that are important to us”.

Wendy Long, candidate for U.S. Senate, responded to the out of touch event:

“Whether it’s Main Street or Wall Street, upstate or downstate, New Yorkers’ interests are being sold out, our future mortgaged, and our earning power taxed by a flip-flopping Senator who is a puppet of national special interests in Washington, instead of taking the initiative to help the economy and jobs for New Yorkers,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.   

Long added, “Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s ‘fine’ that Obamacare is a tax, she supports raising income taxes on small business owners and suburban and downstate voters, she opposes economic growth through her opposition to the development of shale gas, and she is crippling middle and entry-level financial sector jobs and consumer lending through her support of Dodd-Frank.  As Senator, I will work to reverse each and every one of her job killing policies and implement pro-growth, pro-freedom policies instead.  She is running from debates and holding book clubs because she can’t defend her record of failure to New Yorkers.”

There is however, a method to Gillibrand’s madness.  The Off the Sidelines book club isn’t totally about books, or women’s issues for that matter.

It’s about campaign contributions.

Via Buffalo News:

Then there’s the “contribute” button — where every dollar women contribute goes not to any independent organization called OffTheSidelines.org, but to Gillibrand’s 2012 re-election campaign.

That last fact leaves advocates of good government thinking that Gillibrand has taken what her supporters call a noble and necessary cause — women’s rights — and converted it into yet another political fundraising opportunity.

“It’s not actually noble,” said Melanie Sloan, founder and executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a nonpartisan good-government group based in Washington.

“I think it’s totally misleading,” Sloan said of OffTheSidelines.org, which never explicitly says dollars donated there go to the Gillibrand re-election campaign. “I think it’s technically legal, but I don’t think it’s OK.”

Perhaps New Yorkers would be better served reading the policies and platforms espoused by Kirsten Gillibrand, and contrast those advocated by Wendy Long.  In the end they may just find Long’s common sense conservatism to be a better way to get women ‘off the sidelines’ than any stereotypical book club ever could.

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Video: Obamacare or Obamatax?

June 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm (Barack Obama, Conservative, Democrat, Healthcare, Insurance, John Roberts, Liberal, Mandate, Mitt Romney, Obama, Obamacare, Obamatax, Politics, Republican, Romney, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax, Taxation, Taxes)

Obama, September 2009

“I absolutely reject” the notion that the individual mandate is a tax.

“… for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”

“That’s not a tax increase…”

“… you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”

And now, the latest from Mister Smith Media

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Breaking: Wendy Long Wins Republican Primary, Will Face Kirsten Gillibrand

June 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm (2012 Election, Bob Turner, George Maragos, GOP, Judicial Confirmation Network, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Republican, Wendy Long)

The AP has just called the Republican Senate primary for Wendy Long.  She has defeated U.S. Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos in New York’s 20th District.

Readers were introduced to Ms. Long back in February when she first announced her plans to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

According to a Capital New York report at that time, Long stated that she “was seeking to replace Gillibrand in order to return the country to its roots of limited constitutional government.”

… she attacked Gillibrand as “our former moderate upstate congresswoman” who entered a “political witness protection program” upon being appointed to the Senate, and “emerged as the most doctrinaire liberal in the Senate.

“Senator Gillibrand has been a compliant ‘yes’ vote for the liberal orthodoxy in Washington,” she said. “That is, unless she’s complaining that the orthodoxy isn’t far left enough.” 

Gillibrand should never be accused of moderation, having voted along party lines at a rate of 97%.  Long concurs, labeling Gillibrand as an ‘extremist’.

So what makes Long a better option for her district?

“I’m basically running on the economy and jobs and the skyrocketing national debt and the failure of Gillibrand and other members of the liberal establishment to get the budget under control,” she said of her campaign platform.

She also mentioned the Keystone Pipeline, and the “heavy hand” of government regulation. 

In a letter to Republican county leaders she wrote:

“I am the most effective advocate to take the fight to Gillibrand on behalf of all of us New York Republicans and Conservatives,” Long writes. “I look forward to calling on the many friends that I have made in my work in politics and the law at the highest levels, both in New York and nationwide, for their support in my campaign. I have signed on the best talent in the country to run my campaign. I understand the monumental task of running against a Democratic incumbent in the state of New York. We will have to run fast and fight hard, but we can win. We need to use new messages and new strategies to win New Yorkers who are used to voting “D” over to our side.”

Can she send the nation’s most liberal Senator packing in November?  It will be an uphill battle, as Gillibrand has greater name recognition and a sizable war chest.

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Left Still Trying to Intimidate Supreme Court Over Obamacare

May 22, 2012 at 11:12 am (John Roberts, Left, Liberal, Obamacare, Pat Leahy, Supreme Court, Unconstitutional)

Specifically, they’re calling out John Roberts in an attempt to convey the message that if he dares contribute to the overturning of Obamacare, he is simply doing so based on radical conservative judicial activism. 

Nevermind it is an unconstitutional overreach of government power.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

You can tell the Supreme Court is getting closer to its historic ObamaCare ruling because the left is making one last attempt to intimidate the Justices. The latest effort includes taunting Chief Justice John Roberts that if the Court overturns any of the law, he’ll forever be defined as a partisan “activist.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy recently took the extraordinary step of publicly lobbying the Chief Justice after oral argument but before its ruling. “I trust that he will be a Chief Justice for all of us and that he has a strong institutional sense of the proper role of the judicial branch,” the Democrat declared on the Senate floor. “The conservative activism of recent years has not been good for the Court.”

He added that, “Given the ideological challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the extensive, supportive precedent, it would be extraordinary for the Supreme Court not to defer to Congress in this matter that so clearly affects interstate commerce.”

The elite liberal press has followed with pointed warnings that Mr. Roberts has a choice—either uphold ObamaCare, or be portrayed a radical who wants to repeal the New Deal and a century of precedent. This attack is itself clearly partisan, but it’s worth rehearsing the arguments to show how truly flawed they are.

Read the rest here…

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Confirmed: Obama Thinks He’s Better Than Everybody Else

April 25, 2012 at 7:07 am (David Plouffe, George Bush, Jodi Kantor, Liberal, Patrick Gaspard, President Obama, The Obamas)

Narcissistic Personality Disorder – A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.  (Mayo Clinic)


See also – Liberalism, Obama.


From the National Review:

It appears one of the great challenges that President Obama has had to overcome in office is that no one around him is as good at his job as he is.
From Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, page 66:

Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

How can you be better than everybody on your own staff, and still be so much worse than your predecessor?  You’re only as good as your teleprompter, Mr. President.

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E-Mails Show Keith Olbermann a Much-Despised Drama Queen

April 5, 2012 at 7:00 am (Al Gore, Car Service, Current TV, Diva, Drama Queen, Driver, Keith Olbermann, Liberal, Twitter)

Olbermann’s last stint was with the epically pathetic Al Gore station, Current TV, so he has pretty much burned all of his bridges.  Perhaps this means he won’t be gracing our TV sets any time soon.

From the New York Post:

Liberal bloviator Keith Olbermann spent his last days at Current TV driving colleagues nuts with rants about “smelly’’ drivers who had the audacity to talk to him, according to startling e-mails obtained by The Post.
“The problem is with him . . . the man who professes to be for the 99% doesn’t want any of the 99% talking to him or being near him,” an accounting executive complained in one of the missives.
An assistant, who had just about maxed out her corporate card in a desperate attempt to find a car service whose drivers would meet Olbermann’s exacting standards, e-mailed Accounting:
 “I bet you wish I was joking about this . . . but we have yet another car service we need to open an account with.
“Any chance we can get this ASAP? I keep putting the charges on my corporate card and I’m afraid it will go over the limit soon!”
But then she had an inspiration — why not try an LA company called, appropriately, “Diva.’’
“I am hoping this is the last one!!” the exasperated staffer said.
It worked, but it didn’t last long, because Olbermann was fired about a month later.
He did, however, leave the studio for the last time in a Diva limo, sent by the firm’s New York operation.
Olbermann’s pre-Diva drivers had disdained him as much as he despised them.
“I don’t watch him. And I don’t like him as a person,” said one Skyline driver. “He’s wealthy and entitled. That should be your answer.”

You didn’t watch him and you don’t like him as a person?  Welcome to the rest of the world.

Personally, this has always been one of my favorite Twitter messages…

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Meet Wendy Long, Vying to Replace New York’s Most Liberal Senator

February 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm (GOP, Judicial Confirmation Network, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Republican, Sotomayor, Wendy Long)

What’s the antidote for the nation’s most liberal senator?  Perhaps it’s conservative candidate and Republican lawyer, Wendy Long.

Via Capitol Confidential:

Wendy Long, a Manhattan lawyer who has served as chief counsel to the right-leaning Judicial Confirmation Network, circulated a letter late last week to Republican county leaders signaling her intention to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Long officially announced her intent last night at the Manhattan GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

New York Republicans will choose between Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, the other active declared candidate, on March 16th.

According to Capital New York, Long stated that she “was seeking to replace Gillibrand in order to return the country to its roots of limited constitutional government.”

And she attacked Gillibrand as “our former moderate upstate congresswoman” who entered a “political witness protection program” upon being appointed to the Senate, and “emerged as the most doctrinaire liberal in the Senate.

“Senator Gillibrand has been a compliant ‘yes’ vote for the liberal orthodoxy in Washington,” she said. “That is, unless she’s complaining that the orthodoxy isn’t far left enough.”

Gillibrand should never be accused of moderation, having voted along party lines at a rate of 97%.  Long concurs, labeling Gillibrand as an ‘extremist’.

So what makes Long a better option for her district?  She said…

“I’m basically running on the economy and jobs and the skyrocketing national debt and the failure of Gillibrand and other members of the liberal establishment to get the budget under control,” she said of her campaign platform.

She also mentioned the Keystone Pipeline, and the “heavy hand” of government regulation.

In her letter to Republican county leaders, obtained by the Times Union, she writes:

“I am the most effective advocate to take the fight to Gillibrand on behalf of all of us New York Republicans and Conservatives,” Long writes. “I look forward to calling on the many friends that I have made in my work in politics and the law at the highest levels, both in New York and nationwide, for their support in my campaign. I have signed on the best talent in the country to run my campaign. I understand the monumental task of running against a Democratic incumbent in the state of New York. We will have to run fast and fight hard, but we can win. We need to use new messages and new strategies to win New Yorkers who are used to voting “D” over to our side.”

John Brodigan at the Right Hook, offered his thoughts on Long last week:

“I’m not sure about any business/economic background she has, but she seems to have a strong legal mind, is media savvy, and (angers) the left with her support for the confirmations of Roberts and Alito, and opposition to Sotomayor.”

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Kirsten Gillibrand Named ‘Most Liberal Senator’

February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm (Democrat, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Partisan)

It was just a few weeks ago that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, was criticizing ‘partisan gridlock in Washington’.

A report in early February – when Gillibrand announced a visit to the capital district – read:

Gillibrand’s plan for future economic growth includes building new transportation infrastructure, investing in manufacturing, encouraging research and development, and ending the partisan gridlock in Washington.

We were quick to point out that being non-partisan to Gillibrand involves voting along party lines nearly 100% of the time.

And when she says partisan gridlock, she is absolutely not referring to her voting record… which consists of party-line votes at a rate of nearly 97%. Only Republicans cause gridlock.

Now however, it is official – Gillibrand has been handed the title of one of the most partisan senators in the country.  She has been named ‘Most Liberal Senator’.

From the National Journal:

“The issue that has brought Gillibrand the most attention by far is her call for repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay military service members. She introduced legislation in July 2009. In National Journal’s 2010 survey, she was tied with fellow Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York as the 10th most liberal member of the Senate.”

The New York Daily News added:

The Republican party today teed off on Gillibrand for, among other things, changing her tune after having portrayed herself as a “gun-toting centrist” when first appointed by then-Gov. David Paterson to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She “makes Chuck Schumer look like Bill Buckley,” NYSGOP Chairman Ed Cox says.

“Our junior senator has veered so far off the mainstream path to curry favor with left-wing Washington leaders that the average New Yorker can hardly recognize her anymore. Ms. Gillibrand’s candidacy has been a bait and switch: She ran as Calamity Jane but governs like Jane Fonda.”

Congratulations Senator Gillibrand, and good luck New York.

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