Real Clear Politics has an interesting story on the political implications of Gov. Paterson's appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary.
Governor Paterson has given three gifts to the New York GOP: He has opened up a district that is likely to flip back to them, he has made a much more competitive race for the Senate seat than there otherwise would have been, and he has appointed the most conservative Democrat to the seat.
But the really good part of this piece involves the maps that accompany it, showing changes in the political makeup of the state's members to the House of Representatives. We are real blue these days, but we sure didn't use to be that way.
Check out the post, if for nothing but the maps.