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Saturday, March 06, 2010

And we're not stuck with the Yankees...

One governor resigned in disgrace and the second is hanging on by his nails -- facing investigations into alleged tampering with a domestic violence charge against a top aide and getting World Series tickets for free.

Meanwhile over in the Legislature, dysfunction would be viewed as a step in the right direction. After a coup in which Republicans hijacked two Democrats to take control of the Senate -- only to lose them and the majority -- one of the principals in the shenanigans was expelled after being convicted of domestic violence.

Memo to Massachusetts angry voters: I wouldn't sweat the Cadillac and the drapes.

It's true that for pure visuals New York can't top the image of a bra-stuffing Dianne Wilkerson. Or the sadly pathetic saga of Anthony "Toothpaste" Galluccio. And three straight indicted House speakers is a unique "accomplishment."

But Massachusetts has, somehow, managed to keep its head above the fiscal floodwaters that have left New York with a $9 billion budget deficit and no hope for the equivalent of a balcony summit that marked the worst of the battles between former Massachusetts Speaker Tom Finneran and Senate President Tom Birmingham.
“The State Senate can’t get 32 votes to agree that today is Thursday,” says Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell, a Manhattan Democrat.
And for all the PR missteps by Deval Patrick, from the official state car to the Corner Office drapes to the book deal and a late-evening trip to the publisher, he and his administration haven't come within a thousand miles of the depths of what is taking place in Albany.

Yes, Bobby DeLeo and Terry Murray are probably plotting ways to wreak political revenge on a governor who dragged their chambers into action on pension and ethics reform. And the parties may be fussin' and fumin' over how to bring gambling to the Bay State.

But we are also not looking at a governor who needs to declare:
“We have no idea what we’re going to do when the state would be projected to run out of money, somewhere in May or June,” Mr. Paterson said. “These issues are going to affect the people of New York a lot more than my problems.”
And let's not forget: they are also stuck with the Evil Empire, aka, the Yankees.

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

With all due respect, you might as well point out that neither the Governor or our Legislature has been as bad as Nero. We are mired in hard economic times while being saddled with corrupt and incompetent politicians. This is a time when good governance could relieve the suffering of many in our Commonwealth. No amount of schadenfreude can hid that fact.

March 06, 2010 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many leaders in a row of their legislature have had to leave under indictment recently.

March 06, 2010 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Adam Gaffin said...

Yeah, but we're getting Ronan Tynan.

March 06, 2010 12:41 PM  

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