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The madness of George Pataki

I shrieked "What?!" so loudly I shocked myself when I was informed last night that former New York Governor George Pataki endorsed Republican hothead Carl Paladino for governor yesterday. The eleventh-hour nature of the Pataki nod has all the feel of an obligation met. But why? It's not like the two have a mutual admiration society going on.

The only thing that links Pataki and Paladino is the Republican label. Whereas Paladino is an angry peddler of filth and backwards thinking, Pataki is that breed of moderate (in philosophy and temperament) Republican that is going the way of the polar ice cap. That Paladino called Pataki a "degenerate idiot" in September tells you all you need to know.

Perhaps Pataki came out of the shadows because he wanted to go on record having opposed the presumed ascendancy of Andrew Cuomo. The current state attorney general is also the son of the man Pataki drove from the governor's mansion in 1994, Mario Cuomo. Or perhaps Pataki is getting behind the Tea Party-backed nominee of his party in preparation for a run for the presidential nomination in 2012. If I had to wager a bet I'd go all in on that one. Given that Pataki has always been a bit of a political opportunist, I really shouldn't have been all that surprised by his gross embrace of Paladino.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 2, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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Does anyone care what George Pataki has to say?

Posted by: Observer691 | November 2, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I suppose within this new era of ours, people that didn't have to work for their benefits and just due in this country would never be able to appreciate the systems origin and why it was put in place to begin with. Its place was to protect and assist the citizens of our country whom for one reason or other fell upon hard times or compromising circumstances. People like Andrew Cuomo have defaced this entire state and the entire country by not owning up to those principles and is unable to distinguish for himself the difference between right and wrong for the people of New York. His most forceful hand in HUD along with many other passes given to his “pay to play” friends and family club, are now worsened by accepting the support of the mastermind of that HUD plan in Bill Clinton which now completes the recipe for the entire mortgage fallout in New York and the entire country. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in a trend that still continues yet even worse is the new day policy it now accepts. I'm disgusted to even acknowledge these people that bark at someone like Carl Paladino. Their ugliness and lack of the truth is beyond description. There’s a charade of conspiracy and corruption against a good man whom wears our Country on his sleeve in Carl Paladino. This ugly and evil force along with a deceitful media is the biggest part of our problem in New York. I’ve met and talked to Paladino and some mainstream reporters as well. There’s an injustice happening in New York State and across our Country and if people want change from that to the good they need only vote for the ones that cherish the founding principles that made this country great. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have those where Carl Paladino has and only yearns for their asking of him. We met him, we asked him, we hugged him, and we believe in him. He believes only in good for New York and to me, he’s last chance we have.
George Pataki did the right thing as well.
He's a real gentelman and shows class by endorsing Carl Paladino.

Posted by: rainman246 | November 2, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Each person is entitled to their opinion. I'm sure both (Cuomo and Paladino) have had their moments of in the "darkness" of the political arena, but to be snowed by the rantings of a man who professes values and morality. All I've read and heard of this man Paladino is a severely oppressive and regressive attitude toward important social issues that will not only shape New York State but the country. In my opinion the lesser of two evils is Cuomo. Speaking your mind and rallying the base is one thing, but Paladino has yet to step in the right direction of bringing people together. He'd rather use the divide and conquer technique.

Posted by: poli_humanous | November 2, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

New York, right?

I spent the first 25 years of my life on Long Island.

So I sez there's a body buried. Somewhere.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow an opportunistic politician who is probably repaying a favor. Will wonders never cease.

Posted by: kchses1 | November 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

So what is your point?

Posted by: delusional1 | November 2, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The redhot rant by rainman246 above is a perfect example of the deluded and buring anger of an ideologue. Neither candidate is perfect, as everybody knows. but Paladino was a complete unknown to the NY state voters until he won the Teapublican primary, and then launched himself into the fray as the thuggish, impatient, extremely angry, unpolished, unthoughtful and simplistic new millionaire candidate. He had a chance to attract NYS voters and instead just repelled them. They just didn't like him as much as he loves himself.

Paladino is just one more loudmouth misogynistic (that means woman hater for you knuckleheads), flawed and old fashioned guy who bullied his way to wealth, milking the government for rents and favors while hating it.

As an independent who just voted and split my ticket across various party lines, I find Carl amusing. What a foolish way to run a campaign, and as the Buffalo News said, "Anger is not a governing strategy." Voters want solutions, not claptrap or tired slogans, and that includes candidates of both parties. The surprising thing is that the Teapublicans know so little about the issues, and think anger is a valid substitute. They call Dems crooks, but as I recall their State Senate leader for many years - Joe Bruno - is a recent convicted felon for corrupt practices.

Both parties are the problem. But the "Boys will be boys" explanation for Paladino's missteps with porno, homophobic and anti-immigrant ideas is just too convenient to be credible. New York politics reflects the state's many citizens who cheat, steal, lie and then complain about the government being corrupt.

Posted by: enough3 | November 2, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Cuomo is one of those guys who gets into office because his dad was half-way smart, if wrong.

But he has all the intellectual weight of Prince Charles (in fact, the parallels are almost exact); if he was a little smarter, he'd be an empty suit.

but the people of NY will vote for him because he has a "D" beside his name, and he reminds them of a time when they had a governor with some thoughtfulness associated with him.

So they'll end up with higher taxes, more public sector unions sucking tax payers dry, and more and more businesses leaving the state. Then they'll blame George Bush or Reagan or Eisenhower and tisk-tisk knowingly to each other. Its like a bad comedy.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | November 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

In 2008 the Village Voice published an article--16 pages if you printed it out--in which they declared that the single person most responsible for the tragic mortgage situation and therefore responsible for the economic meltdown was Andrew Cuomo in his capacity as the head of HUD. He threatened local and regional banks with legal proceedings if they did not extend mortgage loans to people who obviously could not maintain the payments or even maintain the house. So, if a resident of New York State whose pension or investments have decreased in this economy and who votes for Cuomo is basically saying thank you to the one person who has stolen their future. And, knowing this, it is possible to judge the institutions that have endorsed Cuomo--they obviously feel it's OK to destroy the assets of individuals as long as they have assured access to power. So if a New Yorker reads and believes the New York Times and then votes for Cuomo-they're double stupid as there is no way-no matter how nuts you think Paladino is, that he could do near the damage that Cuomo has already done to millions.

Posted by: lleatwo | November 2, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure I could do a better job, and with less personal corruption, than the overwhelming vast majority of New York politicians. Except for the fact that I don't work well with criminal organizations; and one of the reasons I left NY is there are a wee bit too many criminal empires in and around the government of the Empire State for my taste.

Posted by: mhoust | November 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Pataki is overestimating Paladino by thinking the crazy guy from Buffalo can hurt him. Tea party movement favorite or not, Paladino does not have that kind of political power. Pataki kissed his behind for nothing.

Posted by: query0 | November 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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