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.
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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