November 14, 2007

Spitzer Backs Down

All the major media outlets today are reporting that Governor Spitzer will pull the plug on his plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Given his plummeting poll numbers, this probably is not a major surprise. It will be interesting to see the spin his team tries to put on this retreat.

What I find interesting in all of this is the timing. Had Spitzer not done this originally or backed off sooner, he could have avoided this being an election issue that many Democrats in local races had to deal with. Instead, he pulls the plug a week AFTER the election. So much for being a team player.


Virtual Unreality said...

Spitzer is not a team player, has never been a team player, and never will be a team player.

He is a self-proclaimed "fucking steamroller", and cares not what party he's steamrolling.

The US&J had a story in last week saying that this issue was not relevant in local races. Once again, they are dead wrong. It impacted races across the state, and even put Hillary on the hotseat.

Pete M said...

In case you missed his next PR nightmare, here's a glimpse...

Just in time for Christmas or Chanuka or Kwanzaa, Governor Spitzer has decided to deliver the state's taxpayers a gift-wrapped lump of coal in the form of a more than 8% tax increase — at least on a rapidly expanding set of transactions that affects just about everyone.

The new tax would be an abrogation of one of Mr. Spitzer's most basic campaign planks. Mr. Spitzer got elected governor in part by insisting he wouldn't raise taxes. "What I think is what I say and what I say is what I do," Mr. Spitzer promised in a September 26, 2006, request, "There will be no tax increase in a Spitzer administration." Read his lips. Those who thought Mr. Spitzer was different were wrong. There just seems to be something about a Democrat that spells tax increases.

The full text can be found at

Martin Van Buren said...

Well, contrary to the view's of Eric Duvall; it seems as though the work of people like North Tonawanda Legislator Andrea McNulty actually paid off after all.

Fed Up in da Falls said...

Governor Spitzer's speech:

Waaa. The public doesn't like my plan. Waa. They don't understand it. Waa, mean nasties made them turn on me. Waa. So now I need to back down. Waa. Because George Bush didn't do his job on immigration. Waa. Waa. Waa. And Hillary is really made. Waa. And so are my friends in Congress. Waa.

pirate's code said...

Spitzer is accused of being lots of things, but stupid isn't one of them. How he could not have anticipated the fallout from this proposed policy is simply remarkable.

If he doesn't get it, he needs to surround himself with people who do. But, as Troopergate continues to illustrate, he didn't do that, either.

What was that about a mandate?

clemenza said...

Think he regrets the steamroller comment at this point?

Anonymous said...

Does backing off a policy that is inherently anthema to the general public show a politican who is willing to listen to the voice of the people or does it show the political calculation of someone who is going down hill fast and getting hammered by Hillary 08 to drop it? Maybe the two things aren't mutually exclusive.

But it seems to me if he were going to respond to the will of the masses he would have done so already. This smells of political manipulation.

pirate's code said...

Hillary08 has finally decided where she stands on the license policy. The blog below has an interesting take on it: