Spitzer, please resign

I woke up this morning expecting to hear something more definite on a Spitzer resignation than just Bill Magnarelli stammering on Channel 9 about getting the business of the state moving again. So, as far as this utterly insignificant blog is concerned in the great chorus of voices across the state, let me say, it’s time for Spitzer to go. I know Paterson needs time to collect himself, but come on. In the words of John McEnroe “You cannot be serious” if you are thinking of three more lame duck years, Eliot.

Even with his own law-and-order reputation shattered, Spitzer has no firm allies in his own party. He has spent the last year in high friction with them. He has previously been weakened by an ethics scandal and political defeats he shouldn’t have had. It is a presidential election year, and he is (was?) one of the stars of the party. And the scandal affects him and only him. Night follows day, 2+2 equals 4. Other relevant factors include having a credible successor (in David Paterson) ready to step in; the popularity and likability of Spitzer’s wife and family; the ongoing fight for the Senate and the GOP’s fight for survival; perhaps the animosity of the powerful over Spitzer’s recent threats to discipline Wall Street over monoline bond insurers — there are any number of dark recesses you can plumb here as to the how who and why, but that’s irrelevant when it comes to the business of the state.

But the plain fact is that Spitzer has destroyed all his political capital and worse, destroyed the credibility that got him into office, and he did it on his own time. Why he did, we will never know. Did it have to be this way? We’ll never know that either.

More later.

4 thoughts on “Spitzer, please resign

  1. honkcronk

    The resignation needs to come swiftly and without alot of comments. Maybe NY state can move past this if our representatives and the media can move on. NY has more problems than Spitzer. Spitzer can do us a favor and make one decision that is good for the state NOW.

  2. KAZ

    I worry about Paterson. I like him personally very much, but he made it very clear during the campaign that he had no desire to be governor. And he’s maybe a tiny bit too cozy with Joe Bruno for my taste.

    Joe’s the winner here, for sure. Acting Governor every time DP steps outside the state, no Eliot to kick around any more. . . . Almost as if he’d set it up himself.

  3. Simon St.Laurent

    I like Paterson, but again, I don’t know a whole lot about him. What I’ve seen does suggest that he has some humility, which could be critical for helping the state move beyond this.

    The sooner the better on Spitzer’s resignation.

  4. Robinia

    The thing with the monoline insurers could really blow up any moment, to say nothing of NYS absolutely needing to have a budget this recession year.

    I’m pleased that David Paterson is arranging a “transition” http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2008/03/paterson-makes-calls-meets-wit.html#comments

    I think we have more to worry about from people who are confident they can do this bizarrely-evolved job (governor of NY) than those who may be a bit awed by the responsibility.

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