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For all Ted Kennedy’s revenge campaign against Paterson for picking not-Caroline for senator, the voters don’t exactly buy it

Blame Caroline Kennedy.

That’s what a vast majority of state voters told the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute during a recent survey on the controversy surrounding her abruptly aborted candidacy for New York’s vacant seat in the Senate.

Forty-nine percent of those polled felt she and her aides were to blame, while 15 percent pointed the finger at Gov. David Paterson and his team. Twelve percent of voters surveyed felt both camps mishandled the situation.

So much for “Brave Caroline”

As for “nobody likes Gillibrand” – wrong again:

New York State voters polled in the survey approved of Paterson’s selection of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand by a margin of 46 percent to 30 percent. Twenty-four percent were undecided.


Not that the NY Post isn’t trying hard to slime the governor daily

rove_arrest1005.jpg picture by Robbedvoter

Wall Street Journal seems to think so

President Obama previously criticized the Bush executive-privilege claims. But presidents have a history of guarding the principle of executive privilege, even when it is claimed by a predecessor of a different political stripe. President Bush angered Republicans early in his term by using privilege to block several congressional inquiries into decisions by the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Oh, I don’t know about W ending the bogus investigations. rather I remember him creating new “scandals”: Airforce1gate” “Office supplies gate” “Presents gate” “pardongate”

I do remember Bill Clinton ending some investigations into Poppy Bush though. So, WSJ is hopeful.

Good for Conyers!

“Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it,” Mr. Conyers said. “After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk.”

And funny about executive privilege

Robert Luskin, Mr. Rove’s attorney, said Mr. Rove recently received a renewed privilege assertion from President Bush, before the president left office. Mr. Luskin said he would consult with Mr. Obama’s White House counsel to determine the Obama administration’s stance.

There is some dispute in legal circles over whether a president’s executive privilege claim continues to be in force after he leaves office if his successor doesn’t enforce it.

“At the end of the day Rove will do what he is told,” Mr. Luskin said.

Me, I can’t wait to see the ‘challenge”

presenting a challenge to President Barack Obama, who will have to decide whether to defend his predecessor’s legal arguments.

Not Your Sweetie