Having lived in upstate New York I came to realize, in short order, it is an entirely different universe then the metro New York City area. It's nice to see that they'll be getting a voice on the national level.
I had to chuckle when her name was first announced. All those NYC Democrats were crying foul. She didn't have enough experience was the one that really caught my attention. What the heck do they want?
Here she is a sitting Congresswoman. She knows Washington. She did fund raising for Hillary who's seat she is taking. She had the good sense to vote against TARP. She voted for funding the Iraq war which does not automatically mean she supported the war but more likely that she wasn't about to desert support for the troops. Obama had the same dilemma. She's a Blue Dog Democrat, you know, the ones who support fiscal conservatism? How radical is that!
She is well educated having graduated magna cum laude with a major in Asian studies from Dartmouth and has studied Chinese. She's considered a centrist which fits well with Obama's wanting to alter partisan patterns now so firmly entrenched.
As a former Upstater I say to Governor Paterson, "Good choice." To those of you who wanted the job but weren't chosen, try looking at what she has accomplished instead of picking apart the singular points with which you disagree. Maybe in the process you'll figure out why she was the one chosen.