8:43 AM, Nov 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big topic of discussion on the Sunday shows was, of course, Obamacare. And the big challenge for supporters of the president, and his signature program, was to parse the language of “If you like your plan …” so as to make it mean something other than what millions reasonably assumed it meant.
That way, the president wouldn’t have been willfully saying something that was untrue for the sake of political advantage. Heaven forfend.
One of the more adroit jobs of twisting the language was brought off by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who appeared on ABC’s This Week and said, essentially, that she, like everyone else on the inside, knew what the president’s assertion actually meant was that millions of people would not be able to keep their plans and their doctors.
... we all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women, the minute they get pregnant, might have risked their coverage, how many women paid more because of their gender because they might get pregnant? Those are the reforms that we have to fix,” she added.
Evidently it never occurred to the senator that there might be people out there – some of her constituents among them – who would take the president’s words to mean … well, that they could actually keep their plans and their doctors.
The president should, Senator Gillibrand said, “have just been more specific.”
Actually, it might have been better if he had been less specific. The president’s words, spoken over and over, were pretty much unequivocal. And for those who were still uncertain, he would often append the word “period.”
In the same way that Senator Gillibrand inserts the word “just” into her statement, implying that the whole thing was a minor slip up. A detail. After all, “we” understood what the president meant.
So that seems to be their story and one suspects that they’ll be sticking to it.
11:04 AM, Jul 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Thursday, Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Democratic senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined with several female veterans of the armed forces to speak out against a proposal that would create a new justice system for serious military prosecutions, independent of military commanders.
7:45 AM, Jul 16, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Obama administration has worked diligently to shrink, underfund, and demoralize the military. Now, Politico reports, two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, are joining an effort led by New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand that goes beyond where even the Obama administration is willing to go in weakening the military.
1:36 PM, Mar 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to allow knives to be brought on airplanes.
12:30 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel published this full page ad in today's New York Times:
5:37 PM, Aug 20, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On MSNBC this morning, Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York promoted her website, OffTheSidelines.org, as a "campaign" to try to get "more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to again, hold their elected leaders accountable, vote, and hopefully run for office." Despite that claim, the website appears to be directly connected to Gillibrand's reelection campaign. Watch the video below:
10:44 PM, Jun 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wendy Long, a Manhattan lawyer, activist, and former Supreme Court clerk, is projected to win the Republican nomination for Senate in New York.
Schumer stays silent.6:05 PM, Jun 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has come out against fellow Democrat Charles Barron, a House candidate for the state's Eighth Congressional District. "Any candidate who is anti-Israel does not share Senator Gillibrand's values," says spokesman Glen Caplin in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
4:05 PM, Mar 23, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wendy Long is taking up New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand's challenge. “Senator Gillibrand has said she wants to see more women in politics,” Long said in her speech to the state GOP convention last week, responding to the Democratic incumbent. “I say let’s give her what she’s asking for.”
3:01 PM, Mar 13, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bob Turner, the newly-elected Republican congressman from New York City who replaced Democrat Anthony Weiner, will be running for the GOP nomination to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat and New York's junior senator. The Associated Press reports:
2:59 PM, Dec 1, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Peter Schweizer's book, Throw Them All Out, has been a topic of much discussion in Washington, in no small part because of shocking details about how congressmen trade stock based on their private knowledge of how legislation will affect markets. Amazingly, this is completely legal.
Once-safe Democrats are becoming vulnerable, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand among them.Oct 18, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 05 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
New York has two Democratic senators, both of them up for election this year. In the first race, Chuck Schumer has a commanding lead. In the other, Kirsten Gillibrand may be in trouble.
Caution on the generic ballot, Palin's presidential plans, Obamacare drags down the Dems, and more...6:30 AM, Sep 2, 2010 • By JAY COST
Welcome. This is a regular feature I'll be offering every weekday, first thing in the morning. Basically, what I'll do is flag the most notable stories of the 2010 midterm campaign, and provide my two cents on what's really happening.