He does deserve this. The Senate appointment saga was really baffling. It was almost as if Paterson believed that he should try to create some sort of soap opera-esque drama regarding who was going to get the seat.
If its tied to NY-20, I'd say he's likely to stay despite the repeated slip-ups. The polls have Tedisco well ahead, even though he refused to say how he would vote on the stimulus (and refuses to comment to this day, I think).
I suppose there's an argument that could be made that such a loss would actually be a win because it would mean Steele stays in the RNC chair, but I'd still prefer to see us recapture the seat.
Seriously. "Political calculation. You have a better shot at 55% than you do at 50%." Says who? Has he seen polling suggesting this? Or is he just pulling it out of his rear end?
There's arguments for a super-majority and arguments for a majority. But if you're admitting that the super-majority argument is the stronger one, like the Lt. Gov. is, the argument for change is much weaker.
I do find it mildly amusing that it is Ben Smith writing this article---I mean, seriously, as a publication is there a bigger regurgitator of Village CW than Politico?
At some point, though, the media's war on the stimulus and Obama will have something of an effect. In the Soviet Union, of course people disbelieved what they read in Pravda. But it still served as the background of how they perceived the world.
Its weird when the Democrats have a strategy to push a more progressive agenda and it seems to work. I almost don't know how to react.
Also, I think this shows that Obama wants there to be vocal liberal opposition/critiquing of what he's doing. We demand 1.4 trillion stimulus, he finds a midpoint between that and the Republican suggestion of 800 billion and a lot of tax cuts, and he comes off looking like a centrist.
So if you want him to be doing something more liberal, get out there and speak your piece.