I imagine we're all getting a little tired of Client 9 stories and the continued relevations about Gov. Spitzer's double life. So, let's look ahead to Day One of the Gov. Paterson Administration.
I must admit, I'm not overly familiar with him, but word on the street is that he is genuinely liked and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
So, in order to help Governor Paterson get his Day One started off on the right foot, we should offer him some advice. I'm going to give a few of my own suggestions and then want to hear from you.
1) Under promise and over deliver. Yes this is a cliche, but Paterson would do well to avoid the Spitzer "I'm gonna change the world on my own" sort of hubris. Instead, just get some stuff done.
2) Related to the first one, tone down the political rhetoric. David Paterson is a partisan Dem like he should be. But Spitzer made overt political warfare a 24/7 sport. Tone it down until after session.
3) This is the speech of your life, make it a good one. Talk about moving past bickering and warfare. Find a tactful way of saying you're not always the smartest guy in the room. Show some measure of respect for the Legislature while challenging them to do better.
There's my free advice.