The Outlook for Albany

Monday, January 05, 2009

Liz Benjamin, columnist and writer of the Daily Politics blog for The Daily News and Irene Liu, political writer at the Times Union and blogger for Capitol Confidential, discuss reform in the statehouse and how senate Democrats will settle their leadership battle.


Liz Benjamin and Irene Liu

Comments [14]

seth from Long Island

It would be a profound tragedy for NY if Gov Patterson chooses Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Clinton.

Caroline Kennedy has not demonstrated that she is qualified to be a US senator.

Jan. 05 2009 12:59 PM
Alexander Rastopchin from NYC

My coop building starts to charge $100.00 MONTHLY fee for "installation and maintenance of the roof top antenna", so if even I get a successful coupon deal, it's like they force me yo switch to this service?! Is it legal to charge a MONTHLY fee?
Sincerely, Alexander

Jan. 05 2009 11:44 AM
Adam from NYC

If Caroline Kennedy would like to enter the fray of national politics, and I think she could do a lot of good things there, then she should be appointed by the Obama Admininstration to an appropriate position. I don't know if being appointed by Gov. Patterson to the Senate is the best place for her, where she will be of very low seniority and not have too much clout. Maybe we could hear more on WNYC about the other non-downstate people being considered by Gov. Patterson (or maybe I missed the show).

Jan. 05 2009 11:39 AM
steve eisenberg from springfield, nj

Maybe I'm hopelessly naive, but the petty stratagizing about the potential advantages for Obama, relating to Caroline Kennedy's elevation to Senate, assumes he is as small minded as the armchair analysts. I can't make that leap.

Jan. 05 2009 11:23 AM
Richard Williams from Larchmont, NY

How about someone who has no axe to grind politically? Send my name to the Governor.

Jan. 05 2009 11:22 AM
sloane from brooklyn

Most people use some "uhs" and "you knows." It's just that Caroline uses so many..and the words in-between aren't terribly interesting. She would be better off if she had Liz's (or anyone else's) voice quality, though.

Jan. 05 2009 11:22 AM
david from NYC

Brian, Caroline Kennedy does not have the cojones to lead in the senate as Senator Hillary Clinton did, she's wimpy and all she has to go by is her family name and dinasty she is trying to keep alive she see's her self as the sole survivor. this is no reason for her or Andrew Cuomo to be entitiled to be the next New York State Senator.

Jan. 05 2009 11:20 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Dose anybody care about the voting public? If Miz Kennedy is picket as Senator dose that mean she will be automatically elected in two years?
I for one might want to vote for another candidate.

Jan. 05 2009 11:20 AM
sloane from brooklyn

The fact that Caroline Kennedy comes across better when being interviewed by a child does not necessarily bode well for her possible success as Senator, as most of her interviewers will likely be other adults.

A branding blog - - predicted that Caroline will be not only Senator but also President--thanks to the Kennedy brand, her high approval ratings ( recent poll gave her a 52% national approval rating, although interestingly, the approval rating is lower among NYers), thanks to 1) the Kennedy name; 2) the way Obama's win has changed the political landscape and 3) pull vs. push marketing:

"Traditionally, push marketing was about getting the consumer (or the voter) to buy your product (or candidate) by having a third party push your product (or candidate) on the Target Market. This cost a lot of money because in effect, these third parties had to be paid up-front, typically in the form of commission.

What we’re seeing these days is the revolutionary use of pull marketing. Voters know what kind of candidate they want, and they are seeking that candidate out."

It's definitely been a misstep for her to talk to the press before she'd had some coaching on speech, though...

Jan. 05 2009 11:20 AM
jennifer from manhattan

This makes me unbearably furious. NY supported Obama so much so that he didn't even need to campaign here. The idea that we have to appoint his "friend" Caroline to the senate to get consideration in the stimulus package makes me outraged. I want David Paterson to be given some breathing room to make the right decision.

Jan. 05 2009 11:18 AM
Joe Corrao from Brooklyn

We should appoint that kid

Jan. 05 2009 11:10 AM
hjs from 11211

homerule for NYC!

Jan. 05 2009 11:09 AM
hjs from 11211

3 men in a room is undemocratic.

Jan. 05 2009 11:09 AM
Leo from Queens

Brian, can you ask your guest columnist today if anyone in the NY press has confirmed whether the mayor and police commissioner's visit to the war zone in Israel is being done on the NYC taxpayer's dime or on the Mayor's own money? Also, why is the mayor and more importantly the police commissioner traveling in their official capacity? - This is improper as the mayor is merely a local elected official and should not be using a local office to carry out foreign policy. With the crime and budget problems we have, is the commissioner there to pick up pointers on how best to use tanks, airplanes, and illegal bombs on repressing an urban population?

This trip should have been done in their private capacity and on their own dime. NOT the taxpayers and NOT as NYC mayor or Police commissioner.
IF this is a campaign trip as insinuated in an article in the NY Times, then DEFINITELY this should not be done with taxpayer's money

Jan. 05 2009 08:26 AM

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