Kennedy Parachutes In and Out of Upstate

18 Dec

Figuratively.

I already posted the WNYMedia.net video of her departure from Buffalo’s City Hall yesterday, and it looked more like paps trailing Lindsay Lohan outside a club than a prospective United States Senator leaving a meeting with Mayor Brown.

Here’s how the Times reported the Buffalo stop:

As a small group of reporters waited in the frigid air outside City Hall, a city pickup with a snowplow circled the square in front, plowing and replowing the sidewalk and curb where Ms. Kennedy was due to arrive — Buffalo’s version, perhaps, of the red carpet.

Ms. Kennedy emerged with Mayor Brown and answered a few questions about her qualifications for office, and about what she could do for Buffalo as a senator.

“I think, in the last year I’ve spent a lot of time campaigning across this country in a lot of communities that are struggling with the same kind of issues,” said Ms. Kennedy, who spent weeks campaigning for Mr. Obama’s presidential effort. “And obviously New York State has been hit harder than most. And I saw, really, the need for people who are strong advocates and have relationships in Washington. And I would do everything I can.”

Then she was asked how many times she had been to Buffalo.

“Three or four?” Ms. Kennedy said, and walked away.

The snowplow/red carpet crack FTW.

16 Responses to “Kennedy Parachutes In and Out of Upstate”

  1. Terry December 18, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    She should immediately get to Beverly Hills for some work. The camera is NOT her friend. Jaysus, do I look that bad too?

  2. Ethan December 18, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    The question is, who is more dismissive of Buffalo: the NYT or Kennedy herself?

  3. hank December 18, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    So the New York Times took a shot at Buffalo. Won’t be their first snarky swipe at WNY, and sure won’t be the last.

    Since the times is known in non-Blue areas as the rag of the Elitist Left, now you know how it feels, eh?

    The Times apparently looks at WNY for what it has become–the jerkwater,thinly populated Appalachia of NYS. Certainly not what it has to remain. But it’s pretty obvious the Times could give a shit less.

    Instead, be happy she showed up and wanted to talk to that vacuum headed ignoramus you call a Mayor.

  4. Snarky Snarkmore McSnarkamaphone December 18, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    The idea that a corporate behemoth like the NYT is in any way “left”–elite or not–is a joke. Can you say Judith Miller? Counterpunch is left; the Grey Lady is a whore.

    So no, I have no idea what it feels like to be you, and I sincerely hope I never do, either.

  5. Chris Smith December 18, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Well, it kind of IS the Buffalo version of the red carpet. The truth hurts.

  6. Russell December 18, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Did you see Channel 2’s coverage of the visit? At the end of the story, they put up a picture of JFK on the steps of our city hall from 1962. Then they made some comment along the lines that those steps that her father stood on over 40 years ago are now the steps she walked on on her way to representing NY in the Senate. It was absurdly lame Kenedy worship at its worst presented as journalism.

  7. Russell December 18, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Sorry, missed an “n”.

  8. buffalomom December 18, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    Oh. My. God.

    We are known as the snow capitol of the US eventhough it’s not true. WHATEVER. That was funny about the red carpet. Look, Buffalo isn’t NYC and I for one like it that way. Yes, we aren’t NYC. Thank god.

    Her appearance here was well done IMO. She had to *not* grandstand as Brown and Higgins want the seat. She also subtly showed them who’s got the ability to raise the attention/money to get and keep the seat BLUE.

    Are we so myopic that we can’t see the serious RED challenge from downstate. Downstate has the money. Period. We need to keep this seat. Things in NYS suck and change is a popular theme when things suck. We don’t need that seat to change to RED.

    Higgins is doing a great job in DC. We were all just doing cartwheels about him being named to Ways and Means. We need him there.

    The real bitching is probably coming from Schumer who wants to be the star and he’s likely to be in a long shadow – again. Hey, he’ll likely turn TO Upstate and WNY more to feed his ego since Caroline will outshine him Downstate. Ironically, a positive for Upstate.

  9. hank December 18, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Snarky–You just stay up there, pay your outrageous property taxes, thruway tolls, put up with the shitty roads, and all the new taxes Patterson has lined up for you to pay, watch the rich get richer and the poor either leave or struggle, and you’ll never know what it’s like to live somewhere where there’s jobs, low taxes, low gas prices and more freedom than you’ll ever see in NY–especially the way shit’s going now.

    I pity you all. Had enough of this shit? You voted for them, and you keep voting for them. Guess you’ve not had enough yet.

  10. mike December 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    Hank your more freedom includes the right to marry your sister, so stay there we dont need any more banjo players in new york.

  11. Pauldub December 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Hank –
    We’re paying through the nose, and we all know that it ain’t getting better anytime soon. But as long as I can keep a roof over my head, food on the table, and stay one step ahead of the bill collectors, I’m staying. Why?
    Because
    this
    is
    my
    home.
    And no one, but no one, is going to run me off.

  12. Ward December 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Her Highness’s arrival and departure in a Toyota SUV was testament to her tone-deafness to the local blue-collar UAW culture.

    You go, Girl! (Far away.)

  13. hank December 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Pauldub–I admire you for staying, and you know that. That’s exactly why I rail on this and other local blogs—-You can take someone out of Buffalo, but it never comes out of you.

    I didn’t join the Navy and left for good because there were jobs without people to fill them. Ya gotta keep the roof over your head and some food about.

    I’d pretty much given up when the Tax Revolt started, and I got some hope that the people left in WNY had finally had enough. I got behind the effort myself through Free New York, and put my money up too.

    But,like Chevy Chase said in Funny Farm, “we’ve seen our dreams torn and shredded before our very eyes”. Just about everyone gave up.

    @Mike–when YOUR sister has sex, when she’s done she says “Get off me Dad,you’re crushin’ my smokes”–so who the hell are YOU to talk?

  14. mike December 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    Navy faghag hank, You can take someone out of Buffalo, but it never comes out of you. Maybe the doctor can remove that barbie’s head that you broke off in your anus and the buffalo would finally come out.

  15. Ethan December 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Buffalo/Kennedy on the Salon War Room Radar here.

    Anybody got a ref for Rod Watson’s claim of “939 cities, counties, towns, villages, school districts and other assorted taxing entities in Erie County.”?

  16. Chris Smith December 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Ethan, indeed there is a source for Watson’s claim. It cam from a report by Andrew Cuomo last week.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2008/12/08/daily35.html?jst=m_ln_hl&surround=lfn

    and

    http://buffalopundit.wnymedia.net/blogs/archives/7507

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