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Stick a fork in David Paterson -- he's done

Calls for David Paterson to resign as governor strike me as over the top -- I mean, Mark Sanford is still running South Carolina, isn't he? -- but it's apparent that Paterson's election campaign is an exercise in futility.

Let's face it, Brian Davis has a better shot at getting hired as a bank teller than David Paterson does of winning election this fall.

Paterson, davidFor all the rumors that swirled for weeks about what the New York Times was supposedly going to report about his personal life, what the Gray Lady actually published struck me as a lot more damaging.

A detached governor in a time of crisis.

Who promoted a buddy into a key position who was way out out his pay grade.

And who stuck his nose into a domestic violence situation when he shouldn't have.

Paterson has been saying a lot of the right things about New York's out-of-control state spending and the complicity of the State Legislature, but it's looking more and more like he's done a better job of talking-the-talk than walking-the-walk.

I guess in challenging the Albany status quo, Paterson has been living out the Bob Dylan lyric -- "When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose."

Let's hear it from the master, himself.

With the latest revelations, Paterson's political future is toast.

State Sen. Bill Perkins, a Harlem Democrat, hit the nail on the head when he said of the governor: "His campaign was crippled to begin with and this latest episode is a fatal blow."

Tom Precious has all the latest details here. You can listen to Paterson's news conference below.

Update: The Washington Post is reporting that Paterson is planning to announce this afternoon that he is dropping out of the race.

Another update: Paterson makes it official - he's out of the race.

For as badly as Paterson has screwed up, something just doesn't seem right about what is very likely to unfold: Andrew Cuomo waltzing into the governor's office without breaking a sweat.

I'm not saying the guy isn't qualified -- although from a distance, he strikes me as overly calculating, even for a politician. Not necessarily a fatal flaw, but certainly not endearing.

But I am saying that it sure would be nice for there to be a real election.

Cuomo will win the Democratic nomination without a real fight -- perhaps no fight -- and Rick Lazio is shaping up as more of a speed bump than a stop sign on the way to the Governor's Mansion.


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