New York is a very difficult state for any Republican to win, and there are only two Republicans left in the entire Congressional delegation. The good news is that recent polls are favorable and last November Republicans took back the County Executive offices in suburban Westchester and Nassau. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was running well in the polls for Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat, but today he removed himself from the race.
It will be difficult to find another candidate approaching the former Mayor’s stature. Former Gov. George Pataki and Rep. Peter King would be fine candidates, but their poll numbers are well behind Giuliani’s. Nevertheless, a Republican could have a chance this year even in a state as liberal as New York. So many issues have emerged that are favorable for a GOP challenger.
For example, the Senate health reform bill which will be approved on Thursday is a real blow to New York. All of the Democrats realize this, and it will be hard for them to defend. The new legislation will have the following results.
– Force the city to close 100 health clinics.
– Blow a $1 billion hole in the state’s budget.
– Threaten struggling hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities.
“It is really a disgrace and we’ve got to make sure that we fight before the bill is finally passed,” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg fumed. New York is in such bad shape because they have been generous with health care in the past. “We are in a sense being punished for our own charity,” Gov. David Paterson (D) said today.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has the reputation of being a legislative wizard, but this time there was no magic for his state. Massachusetts and Vermont also have generous health care programs, but unlike New York, they received special deals which completely erased their extra costs. Nebraska, Hawaii, Connecticut and Louisiana were also recipients of last-minute deals.
The 24 members of the New York delegation are now circulating a letter stating: “New Yorkers will more than pay their share for increasing health coverage around the country. Yet New York will receive far less than the national average in federal relief.”
The GOP has never been more united in New York and throughout the nation. Our 2010 agenda is clear, and now we will take our message to the American people. Michael Barone says the last time a bill this controversial was passed on a party line vote was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. It led to the Civil War.
As a New Yorker and Rudy Giuliani fan I was fully prepared to dislike this book, but I ended up enjoying it. From 1994 through 2001 the author was First Lady of New York City. She and Giuliani were married for 18 years and had two children. She was the lead anchor for the 10 p.m. news on WPIX Channel 11 for much of the 1980s. She previously was an anchorwoman in Miami and also appeared on the syndicated Wall Street Journal Report.
Donna Hanover and Mayor Giuliani had a public and messy divorce in which she refused to move out of NYC’s Gracie Mansion. The theme of the book is encountering the romantic past, and many of the couples had not seen each other since high school or even grammar school. They claim these rekindled relationships have erased the decades. The stories are mostly, but not all, happy endings. The age ranges of the reunited couples range from 20s thru 70s. It includes regular folks and some celebrities.
Among them are Carol Channing, who married her high school sweetheart, Harry Kullijian, in 2003, when they were in their early 80’s. Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston, both of “The Bob Newhart Show,” were wed in 2001, 45 years after their romance went bust. The designer Nicole Miller also reconnected with an early love, as did Carole Keeton Rylander. She called herself “one tough grandma” when she won re-election to the state comptroller’s job in Texas in 2002. In August 2003, Donna Hanover, 53, married Edwin A. Oster, whom she met in high school at a debate team competition in Northern California.
Her point is that a romantic interest from the distant past leaves an imprint on your mind that never goes away. It is not that you just happened to meet the right person at 15. The sharing of roots is very significant. These couples have things in common from growing up the same way. The fantasy is that you see this person the way they were. You look at an 80 year old woman and see an 18 year old. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support Hanover’s thesis regarding the impact of early romances.
Hanover relies heavily on the work of Nancy Kalish, a psychology professor at California State University in Sacramento and author of the 1997 book “Lost & Found Lovers: Facts and Fantasies of Rekindled Romance”. Kalish has spent 11 years collecting data from more than 3,000 adults who tried reunions
In Kalish’s initial sample of 1,000 lost-and-found lovers, ages 18 to 95, nearly three-quarters remained together after a decade of study. When these past lovers married each other, their divorce rate after four years tallied in at no more than 1.5 percent. Usually, second marriages are relatively fragile: In the public at large, nearly one-quarter of all couples who remarry get divorced again within five years.
If you are seriously interested in this topic you should read Kalish. If you want light reading with amusing anecdotes than Hanover is the best choice.
The first chapter of Hanover’s book includes the following dialogue:
“It was August 2002, a stifling hot afternoon in New York … Nothing stood out about that day until the phone rang. “Donna, it’s Ed Oster.” I sat down. Ed Oster was my high school love. He was also my college love – until he broke my heart. I tried to hear Ed’s voice over the pulse pounding in my ear.
“I was wondering,” Ed asked tentatively, “if you’re planning to go to the Stanford reunion.” This was interesting to say the least. What was going on here? This was the guy who had dumped me freshman year and had spoken to me for maybe two minutes at our reunion five years ago.
“Yes,” I said and then waited. Silently I prayed, “Please don’t let this be about fund-raising.” “Well, the reunion isn’t until October,” Ed said, “but my work is bringing me to New York next week. I was wondering if I could take you out for coffee.” I thought to myself, “I gotta call somebody – no one’s going to believe this.” Oh-so-casually I responded, “Let me check my calendar.” After flipping through several weeks of blank “date” pages, I said, “I think I can free up a little time.”