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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand -- Democrats' Newest Rubber Stamp?

By Michael GoodwinNew York Daily News Columnist/FOX News Contributor

NEW YORK -- From the moment Kirsten Gillibrand was named to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, Democratic rivals and advocacy groups criticized her as insufficiently liberal for this deep blue state. They need not worry any longer.

In a makeover that is as disturbing as it is rapid, Gillibrand is turning herself into an uber-liberal zealot. In less than three months, she has gone from a center-right representative of an upstate district to a supporter of every position embraced by the national party and its favored leftist interest groups.

In a makeover that is as disturbing as it is rapid, Gillibrand is turning herself into an uber-liberal zealot.
Facts and her previous positions are dumped overboard in the rush to win election to the seat next year. The pandering is nothing short of breathtaking and includes a public pitch that President Obama put an Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court, an oddly-timed idea since there is no vacancy.

Her previous objection to Obama's plans for income tax hikes on Americans earning over $250,000 have been shelved. She now supports the hikes, even while acknowledging the taxes will exacerbate the problem of New York shipping billions more to Washington than it gets back.

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.