Leadership Through Tweets

12 Apr

Jane Corwin, who has spent the last couple of years doing bugger-all in Albany, and is now making stuff up about Kathy Hochul instead of touting her weak roster of non-accomplishments, is all over this tough budget stuff that was going down in Washington last week.

Although the budget compromise process in Washington ended on Friday April 8th, on Monday April 12th, Ms. Corwin had just got through “reviewing” it, and instead of offering an opinion or a position or a hint of how she might have voted, she asked her Twitter followers what she should think:


Literally within hours of the budget compromise being reached, Kathy Hochul released this statement:

“Tonight, with just over one hour before a massive a government shutdown, the United States Congress finally came to a budget compromise.

“For days, I have called on my opponents, Republican Jane Corwin, and Tea Party-endorsed candidate, Jack Davis, to join me in supporting a budget compromise to no avail.  I am thankful Congress has worked through their disputes and finally come to this compromise that cuts spending.  However, I am greatly dismayed at the lack of concern Jane Corwin and Jack Davis have shown on this issue.  Instead of supporting what was right for the people of the 26th District, my opponents chose to play politics and avoid the issue at hand.

“If Jane Corwin and Jack Davis were currently serving in Congress, their apathy towards the budget compromise would have delayed students their loans, seniors their social security benefits, small business owners their loans, veterans their benefits, military men and women their paychecks, and hard working families their tax refunds.

“We cannot allow partisan politics to stand, which is why once elected I will work with all Members of Congress to make sure this fiasco does not occur again.  I will work hard to pass a 2012 budget on time that makes substantial cuts, while still ensuring essential services are not disturbed.  We cannot decimate Medicare and break the promises made to our seniors.”

Like it or not, it’s a thoughtful and well-considered position. Yet four solid days later, Jane Corwin doesn’t know what she thinks about it all. (For the record, neither Jack Davis nor Ian Murphy have offered up any sort of substantive statement on the averted shutdown, either).

Four days later, Hochul continually taunts Corwin for her refusal to take a position on this. She made the point in a tongue-in-cheek release claiming to be the “only candidate to support the Sabres”:

“Now that the regular season is officially over, I congratulate the Sabres on an amazing 40th season and look forward to watching them in the playoffs.  Since my opponents – Republican, Jane Corwin, and Tea Party-endorsed candidate, Jack Davis – have refused to take a position on Congress’s budget compromise, I now call on them to immediately join me in rooting on the Sabres in their run for the Stanley Cup”

I mean, if Davis and Corwin can’t formulate an opinion on the most important thing the Congress has accomplished since this special election process began, it is right for Hochul to call them out and mock them.

This isn’t some silly game like going to Albany as a minority freshman, where frankly you don’t have to be smart or interested to keep getting re-elected. Going to Congress isn’t some jejune exercise that can easily be bought with personal millions just because you have an enrollment advantage.

Corwin continues to prove that it is she, and not anyone else, who is the joke candidate.

13 Responses to “Leadership Through Tweets”

  1. Mike In WNY April 12, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Like it or not? The answer is I don’t like Hochul’s ill-conceived, thoughtless opinion that supports a position the guarantees that our country’s financial train wreck will continue. The other thing I don’t like is when someone takes an obvious non-issue and turns it into a partisan attack. Corwin simply sought the opinion of voters and you find fault in that. Alan, Jesus Christ could be a Republican running against Hochul, with the full support of God, and you try to turn walking on water into a negative.

    Both Republicans and Democrats put forth meaningless budget proposals, neither of which came close to addressing over-spending and the deficit.

  2. Jesse April 12, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Jesus, the “OMG HOCHUL!” drooling is out of control.

    So, Hochul can spout some feel-good nonsense about how she’ll work with everyone else and it’ll all be unicorns and puppies.  Yeah, right.

    I’m sure “within hours of the compromise” she knew exactly what was in the budget compromise, had read the whole thing and understood all the implications.  Gimme a break.

  3. pirate's code April 12, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Where is there a “thoughtful and well-considered position” in Hochul’s statement? That she supported a budget compromise? Which one? All of it? Some of it? Or is she just glad that it’s done — good, bad or indifferent?

    It would seem that all Hochul showed is that her staff is quicker on the pablum-for-the-masses press release trigger than her opponents. The “I (have) call(ed) upon my opponent(s) to…” bullshit is just that…bullshit.

    I’ve not seen a lot in the way of real positions from any of the candidates here, which once again has me looking for the “none of the above” ballot lever. But mocking a candidate for asking people’s opinions is just silly. I call upon my opponents to join me in farting rainbows in celebration of the sun shining today.

  4. Alan Bedenko April 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    The fact that Hochul is grateful that the government didn’t shut down over Republican grandstanding over denying health care to women is far more thoughtful and well considered than Corwin turning to her Twitter followers and asking them what they think. 

    I don’t give a shit what they think.  I care what she thinks. 

  5. pirate's code April 12, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Since when is being “grateful” a thoughtful and well-considered position”?

    • Alan Bedenko April 12, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      First of all, Hochul’s statement goes through the reasons why she believes a shut-down would have been a bad thing. She also expresses her desire to never see the Republicans hijack the budget process again.

      Secondly, but instead of worrying so much about what Hochul’s written, why do you completely ignore that Corwin has nothing whatsoever to say about it?

      Compared to Corwin, Hochul’s position is the fricking Magna Carta.

  6. Rastamick April 12, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Maybe Jane is the Hello Kitty candidate. Hello Kitty has no mouth and nothing to say except I am cute so love me. Jane is the attractive Republican business woman whose success and party ties are meant to do all of her talking for her. So she asks her flunkies what they think in an attempt to show how responsive she is. Whatever happens at least the new rep won’t be trolling Craigslist to satisfy kinky fetishes.

  7. pirate's code April 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    You must have some sort of Hochul for Congress decoder ring, because in four paragraphs the only specific reference to “Republican” I saw from Hochul was to remind everyone that Corwin is endorsed by the GOP. In fact, she mentions Jane Corwin and Jack Davis, by name, three times in four paragraphs. This is not some position/policy statement, it’s political gamesmanship.
    Yes, Corwin didn’t comment on it. Corwin is as bland as bad vanilla ice cream. I get it.

    Hochul tells me she was glad a bunch of bad stuff didn’t happen, without telling me what she would have done to prevent had she been there. We should erect a statue.

  8. King Kong April 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Pirate’s Code – AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHH! Sorry, I couldn’t resist, I love your handle.
    Secondly, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what Hochul did, I’m a firm believer in comparative politics.

  9. pirate's code April 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    KK — I hate to admit that one of my life philosophies comes from a movie, but I’ve always liked the exchange about the code being more of a guideline than actual rules. Besides, Jeffrey Rush as Capt. Barbossa was brilliant.

    No, I suppose Hochul did nothing wrong in the sense that this is the way the political game is played these days, but casting her release as some sort of formative policy statement seems to be a bit of a stretch.

    And, Corwin did nothing wrong in asking for opinion. If that is the sum total of her actions on this issue, well, then she missed an opportunity.

    Either way, this isn’t a comparison of one candidate discovering a cure for cancer while the other hands out cigarettes to children.

  10. Greg April 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Corwin is prepping. Chris Lee’s big thing was asking the constituents what they thought. Do you like me? Do you like me?

    I look forward to Corwin’s Tele Town Halls where I can hear screened questions and platitudes about small business creating jobs.

  11. Brian April 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Corwin is Republican.  A member of the Hog party.  So far as she and her party are concerned, we who don’t live in gated communities can pound salt.


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