Election 2010

When I was at various state campsites this weekend I realized some of the tourism brochures still said “George Pataki, Governor.” I didn’t find any with Spitzer’s name still on them, though — it was either crossed out with black marker, or there was a white label with “David Paterson, Governor” stuck over them. (Some of the newest brochures had Paterson’s name printed right on them.) It’s as if Eliot Spitzer, like the king in Lord Dunsany’s story, never happened.

That means that Tim Green’s budding career as a Democrat is over (thank God), since according to him, Spitzer’s mandate for reform is dead.

Now Michael Bloomberg apparently wants to run for governor. I’ve always been curious as to how an independent mayor of New York City might go about doing that — how does he appeal to rural and suburban voters all over this great state of ours? The answer apparently is that he just runs as a Republican without condescending to be one, which appears to involve wresting control of the state GOP away from Long Island and installing an easily controllable Upstater (again).

I sometimes honestly don’t know how anyone can take New York State party politics seriously when the lines between them are so ridiculously fluid. Is it time to try something new?