March 12, 2008

Another Michelle!

The NY Post reports on the wife of New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, who appears likely to move up to the governor's mansion in the wake of Gov. Spitzer's troubles:

1ST-LADY-IN-WAITING HAS 'HEALTH'Y AMBITION

By MAGGIE HABERMAN

March 12, 2008 -- New York's next first lady has always made one thing clear - she's more than just Mrs. David Paterson.

Michelle Paige is "David's wife, but that's not the badge she wears," said former state Comptroller Carl McCall. "She likes to be accepted for what she is, as a professional."

The 46-year-old mother of two is a health care-management expert who is an executive at HIP Health Plans involved with its charitable arm, after working for years as a community liaison at North General Hospital.

Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if, in the grand tradition of Michelle Obama, she gets her salary in the health care industry almost tripled in the coming months.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another diversicrat wife! Her husband went to Columbia University undergrad, and then went to law school at third-tier Hofstra University. Probably didn't ace the LSATs.

Paterson is also involved in a lawsuit by a white photographer who claims he was fired by Paterson and replaced with a black photographer when Paterson was in the state senate.

On the bright side, one of the leading GOP assemblymen was on the radio today saying that they ought to be able to work with Paterson, unlike the soi disant "F'n steamroller".

- Fred

LDS on LSD said...

Dude, she and him aren't even black. The media is really enforcing the one drop rule. Will black people buy this scheme forever -- Being represented by mulattos?

Anonymous said...

Steve
The title "Another Michelle" is pure race baiting. The only non-racial similarities between this woman and Michelle Obama are that they are both involved in the health care industry (as are millions of others). Your posts of the last week on Obama are for the most part simply providing easy fodder to those looking for some way to diminish your HBD work.

mansizedtarget said...

Community liaison sounds like a fun, relaxing sales gig without any sales expected. You just take important people out to dinner and make sure they think well of your institution (and don't send over hordes of protesters).

Mary Pat said...

What is it with political wives and hospitals?

(Of course, I'm working with a sample size of 2 here...)

Anonymous said...

Another diversity hire, I see.

Truth said...

HAVE WE LOOKED INTO HER 7TH GRADE ALGEBRA SCORES YET???????????

Truth said...

"Dude, she and him aren't even black"

If their son came home to date your daughter what color would he be?

scott said...

I wonder how much being legally blind influences Paterson's mind set. (Compared to Willy Brown of San Fran). Also re anonymous, seems to me Paterson's Michelle and Barack's have the same job, community liaison, an AA gig. But the blindness/color thing interests me more, since, you know, "a patch of blue" and all that.

David said...

The only non-racial similarities between this woman and Michelle Obama are that they are both involved in the health care industry

And race is unimportant, eh? Not to the dames involved. And not to their promoters and hopeful future string-pullers.

Both women are black racists, as many political blacks are, and they work the system as such. Is that similar enough for you, or do you consider HBD as pure abstraction with no connection to the real world?

Paterson is also involved in a lawsuit by a white photographer who claims he was fired by Paterson and replaced with a black photographer when Paterson was in the state senate.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this is just the tip of her iceberg.

Anonymous said...

Paterson had one of the most idiotic bills to ever come down from Albany -- requiring police officers in the wake of the Sean Bell case to "shoot to wound not shoot to kill."

Only an ethnic lobbyist would come up with something like that. Paterson promises to be a more entertaining version of David Dinkins, this time in Albany. By the time he's through NY's might be voting Republican for a lifetime.

You have to ask yourself, where have all the cross-party leaders able to command both Black AND White votes gone? Only Daley and Denver's Wellington Webb spring to mind. It speaks to separating out into two political camps roughly aligned with race.

For Blacks particularly, this is a bad development. They'd get maximum political leverage by swinging to either party based on what's offered.

Truth said...

"Paterson is also involved in a lawsuit by a white photographer who claims he was fired by Paterson and replaced with a black photographer when Paterson was in the state senate."

And if the races were all reversed, surely it would be because the black photographer was incompetent.

You see what a wonderful thing white privilege is?

William said...

The 46-year-old mother of two is a health care-management expert...

If she's a health care management "expert" then why the hell isn't she still on the operations side, where her "expert"-ise could be put to use?

...who is an executive at HIP Health Plans...

The official name is "HIP Health Plan of New York." The state of New York certainly has regulatory authority over HIP. She shouldn't be getting a raise - she should be resigning her job due to conflict of interest.

...involved with its charitable arm, after working for years as a community liaison at North General Hospital.

Warren Buffet used to say that private businesses have no business spending the profits of the shareholders on the personal charitable preferences of management. When Berkshire Hathaway did give to charity it allowed its shareholders to designate which charity they wanted their share of the donation to go to.

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify: it's David Paterson, the soon-to-be governor, involved in the lawsuit about the photographer, not his wife.

- Fred

Reg C├Žsar said...

Another Michelle... and another Ashley! Though I doubt the Paterson's stepdaughter will be going by "Kristen" anytime soon.

Paterson himself reminds me of the old Sam Gross cartoon of a beggar on a Manhattan sidewalk sporting a sign that said, "I am blind, and I think I may be black."

He'd better watch those icy hills on parental visits to Ithaca; they're treacherous even for the sighted.

Steve Sailer said...

And it's Mr. Paterson who is legally blind, not Mrs. Paterson.

Steve Sailer said...

That could be an interesting court case with the blind guy testifying that he fired the photographer because he was bad at taking pictures.

Anonymous said...

Unlike Obama, Lt. Gov Paterson leaves a trail of AA-inflation with bouts of depressing reality checks:

Powerful Black political family

Columbia University (AA fluff)

Hofstra Law (reality check)

Queens DA Office (AA fluff)

Failed NY Bar (reality check) - blames insufficient accomodation for his blindness

Enters politics with David Dinkins (AA fluff)

BTW, Dinkins Mayoral term may insight into a possible Obama presidency:

"Dinkins entered office pledging racial healing throughout what he called the "gorgeous mosaic" of New York's diverse communities. Many New Yorkers felt that his low-key personality, which contrasted so sharply with that of his predecessor, along with the symbolic aspect of his being the city's first black mayor, might ease racial tensions. Instead, Dinkins' term was marked by polarizing events... His critics have described him as weak and indecisive, if well-intentioned, at best."

Anonymous said...

In the discrimination lawsuit filed by the fired white photographer, Mr. Paterson loses credibility when he was reported to claim that "his blindness prevented him from knowing the race of either photographer."

It's implausible that a black blind man cannot distinguish between typical white and black male spoken voices.

Paterson would sound more credible if he said the firing was to hand out political favors to his own special interests and supporters.

Steve Sailer said...

Okay, but the guy's mostly blind and can barely read. He's got to be pretty crafty to get where he's gotten with that kind of handicap.

Anonymous said...

And if the races were all reversed, surely it would be because the black photographer was incompetent.

Yes, a black photographer would not only have to be egregiously incompetent but fully documented beyond any reasonable doubt to defend against the inevitable discrimination suit brought against the state by race shakedown artists and strong unions.

Even with full documentation of the worst behavior, most govermental managers and politicos find such logical corrective action not worth the risk and headache. More likely, the state would just let any incompetent protected minority continue to draw salary until retirement while hiring another person to do the real work as is common practice today.

You see what a wonderful thing black privilege is?

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Lt. Gov Paterson is probably crafty and ambitious, but I don't think blindness significantly handicapped his intelligence or limited his opportunities in life.

His skin color and father largely explain how Paterson got to where he is today. Remember, the elder Paterson was the:

* 1st Black Deputy Mayor of NYC
* 2nd Black to run for statewide office in NY
* 1970 Dem candidate for Lt Gov
* served in the NY Senate (same seat he handed to his son)
* 1st Black vice-chair of Nat Dem Party

That's a lot of power for Dad to help his son in the real world even if it's not enough to open the doors to a decent law school or pass the bar for his son.

To be fair, there are also plenty of hereditary white empty suits on both the left and right like BushII and Ted Kennedy.

However, identity politicos have the unique problem of deep-rooted and patently unfair bias to benefit their own tribe at the expense of the general welfare. This is in addition to family nepotism and the monied special interests all politicos have to serve to get elected.

Sideways said...

And if the races were all reversed, surely it would be because the black photographer was incompetent.

You see what a wonderful thing white privilege is?


yes, it is nice not having to wonder if my economic success is due to a racist government policy (AA).

Anyway, here's to hoping that Patterson is a truly intelligent man who's overcome his disability, and not someone picked up because of useless qualifications

headache said...

A mistake we made in South Africa was to underestimate the ambition of what you call "minorities". Even though they often lack the qualifications or cultural background to lead western societies, they are determined to take power and usually then start the “transformation” process, aka turning these western societies into African societies by force. Its really pointless in the end because the whites just pack up and move and thus by default everything reverts to the African state again, but they seem determined to do this over and over again.

A mistake we made in South Africa was to underestimate the ambition of what you call "minorities". Even though they often lack the qualifications or cultural background to lead western societies, they are determined to take power and usually then start the “transformation” process, aka turning these western societies into African societies by force. Its really pointless in the end because the whites just pack up and move and thus by default everything reverts to the African state again, but they seem determined to do this over and over again.

The interesting thing is that Obama and this woman are mulattos. The same is the case in Angola and Mozambique, where a small mulatto clique (leftovers of the more agile Portuguese soldiers and farm owners) have replaced whites as the leading caste and basically own and run everything. In fact the delineation between MPLA and UNITA was mostly skin-colour based. The lighter skinned people (mulattos) live in the cities, and the blacks (real locals) live on the countryside. The de facto Apartheid in these countries is even worse than it was in South Africa, but of course you won’t see the NYT or Anglican Church go bonkers over it.

Anonymous said...

headache wrote:

"A mistake we made in South Africa was to underestimate the ambition of what you call 'minorities'. Even though they often lack the qualifications or cultural background to lead western societies, they are determined to take power and usually then start the 'transformation' process, aka turning these western societies into African societies by force. Its really pointless in the end because the whites just pack up and move and thus by default everything reverts to the African state again, but they seem determined to do this over and over again."

Ummm, how is this applicable to the New York situation?

In South Africa, whites were the minorities. In the U.S., blacks are now a shrinking minority. Today they are out numbered by Hispanics and their percentage of the population has actually declined from what it was at the beginning of the 20th Century.

headache also wrote:

"The interesting thing is that Obama and this woman are mulattos. The same is the case in Angola and Mozambique, where a small mulatto clique (leftovers of the more agile Portuguese soldiers and farm owners) have replaced whites as the leading caste and basically own and run everything."

Still don't see how this is applicable to the U.S. Historically, in the U.S., people of Obama and Patterson's hue were usually leaders and intellectuals in the U.S. black community. Today there is more integration if you will in those areas of the black community. So, it isn't guaranteed that a black leader or intellectual will be mulatto in appearance.

Both Obama and Patterson are or will represent a populace that is predominantly non-black. They will have to run for election and ultimately will have to temper any racially-motivated decision making on their part. Of the two, Obama appears to be more likely to not to engage in this way of doing things.