Call Her Senator Gillibrand
In the wake of Caroline Kennedy's withdrawal of her name from consideration, New York Governor David Paterson is reportedly going to name state rep Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the US Senate.
Gillibrand seems to be a good choice. At 42, she's electable (Secretary Clinton's old Senate seat will have to be rewon in a special runoff election next year) and a proven vote-getter, winning her New York congressional seat from a Republican in 2006 and easily cruising to victory last year. And the fact that she's a female maintains some gender balance in the Senate.
Gillibrand seems to be a typical New York Democrat: Socially liberal (if you discount her proud association and 100% approval rating with the NRA), fiscally conservative. As a blue dog, Gillibrand would help restore some fiscal sense in the Senate. She also knows how to play hardball: When running against Republican incumbent John Sweeney, a report was leaked to the press just before the election about a 911 call placed from the Sweeney residence. It appeared to be a domestic violence call.
I can't imagine who could've leaked that report, can you?