Governor’s speech today

Gov. Paterson will deliver a speech at 5:10 p.m. today, focusing on the (dire?) state of New York’s finances. Obviously meant to be covered live on your local newscast, but probably meant to send a message to Albany. Well, you can’t say that Paterson graduated from the Spitzer school of (non-)communications.

Updated: Paterson’s speech was a placeholder, a publicity shot-across-the-bow with no specifics, but not an empty gesture either. This is the thing about blunt, in-your-face communication that Spitzer never understood – that tough talk is mostly wasted behind closed doors. Tough talk makes for lousy interpersonal communication with your friends (I guess in Albany, that would be “frienemies”), but excellent public communication to your enemies. We can only hope that Paterson thinks he has enemies.