". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Good News on This Good News Day

Caroline Kennedy has 'withdrawn her name for consideration' to take Hillary's senate seat. Guess Paterson decided she wasn't the One.

Since Hillary got confirmed today (that's not on my long list of good news* coming out of D.C. / the Oval Office today -- hey! howz 'bout that Executive Order thang for getting stuff done right now right away?), Paterson ought to be telling us in the next day or two who the replacement will be.

I assume it's going to be Andrew Cuomo. Another dynasty / legacy name. Except, unlike CK, he's been working and doing things all along. He has a record you can look at, and experience.

* The Dow evidently went up today.


K. said...

Elizabeth Holtzman...Yeah, right...

Foxessa said...

Paterson has repeated stated that his preference would be a woman, since the count of women in the Senate is at 16 now.

But Cuomo seems more popular state-wide, as well as with the party's power brokers.

CK's handmaideness to Mayor Mike -- who is no Dem -- is a very important part of why so many of us including the power brokers were antagonistic to her. Among many other reasons, starting with not fit to lead -- certainly not experienced enough.

The dithering she then went through after deciding to pull her name enforced that she's not in any state to lead.

Love, c.

Curious Curandera said...

That is good news, thanks!

Foxessa said...

Well, seems it was tax and nanny issues that sunk the CK ship before it ever sailed.

Anybody in public office had better be careful about their payment of taxes (except evidently Geithnerm who is too confused by the tax code to have filed and paid his own properly, but still considered trustworthy enough to run the national financial affairs -- of course the Treasury doesn't actually contain or possess ANY monies whatsoever, so maybe it really doesn't matter), and not hire any illegal immigrants.

In any case CK wasn't smart enough to do the first and avoid the second.

Love, C.