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Paying to Play

December 17, 2008

allisonkilkenny1Allison Kilkenny •   Operation Itch Contributor    •  
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The media has been focusing on the Rod Blagojevich scandal with all the zeal of a torch-wielding mob, but they fail to acknowledge that the dirty pay to play model demonstrated in Chicago is a microcosm of the political world. Everyone pays for everything, and only the wealthy can buy access to power.

New York can offer two other example of paying to play with Senator Chuck Schumer, and the legacy candidate gunning to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacated seat, Caroline Kennedy.

Blagojevich’s swear-laced scheming was crude, super illegal, and what ultimately led to his public demise, unsubtle. The governor never learned how to delicately press the boundaries of acceptability, and instead charged through them with all the nuanced skill of a rabid bull.

The fallen governor should have looked to Chuck Schumer, who demonstrates how to us pay to play the acceptable way. Schumer is the official beneficiary, advocate and overseerfor Wall Street. A Democrat, he fully embraced the free market principles that have led to the current financial turmoil. Since Chuck’s largest contributors are from Wall Street, he votes to please his corporate masters, and in doing so, he continues to buy access to power. It doesn’t matter if deregulation is bad for his state, and the country, as long as those fat Wall Street checks continue to roll in.
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Lou Reed for Senate

December 17, 2008

Dan Sweeney • Huffinton Post

lou_reed-fullI was talking with a friend of mine the other day who maintained that Caroline Kennedy was far and away the best choice to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

“I mean, who else is there?” he demanded. “Who would be better, and why?”

I rattled off a few names that came immediately to mind — Gregory Meeks, maybe, or Malcolm Smith or Steve Israel. He rolled his eyes and responded, “I’ve never even heard of any of them.”

Now, the fact that he hadn’t heard of a couple of New York congressmen and New York’s state Senate Minority Leader is perfectly understandable. Hell, I imagine most New Yorkers aren’t familiar with all those names, much less a sometime-political junkie out of Florida. But his reason for backing Kennedy (i.e. that he had heard of her) made me realize that, for many people, Kennedy’s potential as a candidate is based solely on name recognition.
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