NY State Senate Now Republican

Have Gays Overreached?

The Magic 8 Ball might read “The signs say yes.”

Michelle Malkin and the NYT report that two state senators, Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, have joined New York State Republicans to give them majority control of the Senate.

From the NYT City Room:

Republicans seized control of the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for the Democratic Party, which controlled the chamber for barely five months.

Interestingly,

After the results of the vote were read aloud, the in-house television station that carries Senate proceedings live in the Capitol went dark. All that appeared on the screen was a still photo of the Senate chamber and the words “Please stand by.”

Okay, it’s time for me to make a silly, meaningless comment.  NY politics is in extreme disarray, and has been since Sept. 11, 2001 (before then, it was merely in disarray).  SSM is not the issue upon which mid-term elections will turn in 2010, but the issue most emphatically does not help the Democratic party with any but the smallest part of its constituent base.  SSM supporters have overreached in NY, as they have in California.

They may be overreaching in Maryland, too.

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2 Comments on “NY State Senate Now Republican”

  1. Paul Says:

    You seem to be implying that the gay marriage issue is responsible for the defection of two Democrats to the Republican side.

    Please read http://www.politickerny.com/3923/anatomy-coup, the timeline associated with it, and tell me if you still agree with that assessment.

    BBD

  2. joe Says:

    Actually, I was trying to minimize that implication. Gay rights issues were cited as a proximate cause in the reports I read. After seeing updated reports (especially about the principals and your Sen. Bruno) it’s easy to see that no one involved is thinking about anything resembling a real issue or political stance.

    It looks like there’s no winners here, or good guys. One big loser, though – the state’s residents.

    Can’t say it’s any better in MD though…


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