WASHINGTON -- Among the Democrats in the House, there's this group that calls itself the "Blue Dogs," but they're really more red than blue, if red is the Republican color.
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of the Hudson Valley is one of them -- and now she's about to become New York's junior senator.
Gillibrand may be nicknamed "Little Hillary," but there are differences between the two. Most notably, Gillibrand is a staunch advocate of hunters' rights and a strong critic of lax immigration enforcement and expensive government.
And that poses a very interesting question that will be answered sometime in 2010.
Can a conservative Democrat get elected to the U.S. Senate from New York State?
-- Jerry Zremski