A historic night

No, not that other history. (You can read about that anywhere…go and read about it now, then come back here.)

So the Dems — with a no doubt huge assist from Obama-related turnout — have taken the state senate. (That’s what it takes to dislodge two ancient senators — the biggest freaking turnout in recent memory.) The first thing I’ll say is that if Paterson is smart, which he is, he will continue on his current course of being the budgetary prophet of doom. He won’t even have to alter course in order to have conservatives loving him. The danger of course is that Albany Dems can’t afford to be arrogant… and Malcolm Smith’s quote makes me wonder if they understand that:

After 40 years in the wilderness, we are now in charge of the New York State Senate.

‘Wilderness’? Come again? I guess they’re salivating over the prospect of getting the fancy offices now…

This has to be a bittersweet moment for Paterson. I think all he ever wanted was to become Senate Majority Leader. And a bit of a problematic moment too, as the old saying goes about keeping an eye on one’s enemies but needing to really watch one’s friends. Paterson suddenly now has friends with louder voices. (And Chuck Schumer’s hand has now strengthened, which means that one of his very good friends now has a very very loud voice.) If there ever was a time for the executive branch in New York to differentiate itself from the legislative, and dump “three men in a room” in a healthy separation-of-powers way, it’s now.

Uh, maybe we should just spike all that.

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3 thoughts on “A historic night

  1. Phil

    Big deal. The D’s are going to have to preside over the meat axe that’s going to repeatedly hit the state budget over the next few years, plunging cities like Syracuse into abject poverty with little to no public services services. If you thought crime was bad now, just wait until the police force depleted by a third or half attempts to keep peace on a city whose citizens are even poorer and whose streets are filled with garbage when we go to twice a month pick up.

    They finally took over the state government, now that it’s a carcass picked clean.

  2. Robinia

    Ah, but things are not always as they seem. Apparently, some of those “friends” may be morphing right before their eyes…. Nancy Larraine Hoffman style…. leaving Albany— unchanged!

    No. Obama’s Cone of Hope does not cover the City of Cynicism. Thanks for the plug for TAP, we are going to need willing hands, as…. nothing ever seems to change in Albany, or maybe the more it changes, the more it is the same sorry mess.

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