counterpoint to schumer i guess- gov. paterson picks kirsten gillibrand to replace mrs. clinton. i am not terribly happy that she's a blue dog democrat but she got a good civil liberties rating- so, fine until 2010. schumer is from new york city- fairly diverse. gillibrand- not so much. upstate new york is largely rural and largely white. i can see why paterson wanted a counterpoint. upstate is usually ignored in favor of the city.
but boy, she represents a reallllyyyyy rural part of the state. it's like 'deliverance' almost. i visited a part of delaware county as part of my job- they have a duck crossing in the middle of their two lane, barely paved, windy, twisty road. and i grew up rural but damn! seriously, there are parts of new york that don't get cell phone service or cable or barely running water and electricity. i suppose because we are part of apalachia? no, that was a joke that was at the expense of folks who have nothing. sorry.