New York's Governor David A. Paterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand, a low-profile congresswoman from the rural, conservative Hudson Valley, to New York's open Senate seat previously occupied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Okay. I've got no stake in that. Nor did I have a stake in Caroline Kennedy or Andrew M. Cuomo should either of them have been appointed. This does, however, intrigue me: Senator Gillibrand, a hero of the National Rifle Association, has vowed to protect the rights of hunters. What, exactly, are the rights of hunters? I'd be more impressed if she vowed to teach the deer to shoot back.