Crying all the way to the bank

The Joe Bruno era ends today in anti-climactic fashion as the old man exits stage right stage left through the trap door with all of the hefty retirement benefits that New York State employees have come to know and love. Blogging about Albany just won’t be the same without him. His righteous indignation. His stupid quotes. His slight but nagging resemblance to All My Children‘s David Canary. Am I the only one who always wondered if he was Adam, or if he was Stuart? Indeed that was probably the reason for his great longevity in office. You could never be quite sure if he was a scheming Machiavel at heart, or just your dotty old uncle.

His constituents are left with “The Joe” and with the delicious memories of pork picnics to which they will probably never be invited again. The rest of us above Westchester are left to wonder what the hell happened. It all was so clear last year at this time. Sure, the constant sniping was unproductive, but at least it was familiar. Now there’s no Eliot and no Joe. No Upstate Czar, no President Hillary Clinton, and it feels dangerously like no one is in charge of this vast outback. Just a few “Wall-E”‘s left behind to compact the trash and stack it.

Maybe in 700 years, something wonderful will fall out of the sky. Until then, maybe we’ll just have to cannibalize each other for spare parts as we break down one by one.

3 Replies to “Crying all the way to the bank”

  1. Oddly enough, my local Starbuck’s (inside a Target) was spared. I guess that means I now live on the tonier side of town!

  2. Not to forget Joe’s other bundle-in-the-bank: 1.7 million unspent campaign contributions that he can either spend on personal expenses that might maintain his “connections” for running for some elective office someday…. or “leverage” by buying a sitting elected official or 8.

    As far as the desolate wilds, here, hadn’t you heard? The debbil (the mining companies) is building hell-on-the-earth’s-waters underground.
    http://www.thealbanyproject.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=0C801C8BE1432AA1BFDCC71BAB48FB34?diaryId=3781
    That and a few more meth labs, and we got an economy again!

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