Governor David Paterson of NY has had a tough ride as the Governor of New York for a number of reasons – not the least of which was the fumbled handoff after Hillary Clinton resigned as Senator to become Secretary of State resulting in the political crucifixion of Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the most beloved Democrat President in the last 60 years. And that was just one of a dozen missteps…
NY Governor David A. Paterson
In a radio interview Friday –
Gov. David A. Paterson lashed out on Friday at critics who say he should not run for election, and he suggested that he was being undermined by an orchestrated, racially biased effort by the media to force him to step aside.
The governor, on a morning radio talk show, said that Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, the only other African-American governor, was suffering similar treatment, and he predicted that President Obama would, too.
“We’re not in the postracial period,” he told Errol Louis, a columnist for The Daily News and the host of the radio program, on WWRL-AM. “My feeling is it’s being orchestrated, it’s a game, and people who pay attention know that,” he added.
“We don’t have the kind of forces in the community that we had before,” he said. “In other words, our black media outlets, save your program and a few others, are the only ways we have access, and even our own reporters from our own community buy the public line, which is, ‘We’re going to get rid of David Paterson.’ ”
“The reality is that the next victim on the list is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more than try to reform a health care system” that, he said, constitutes 10 percent of the gross domestic product. It is “only because he’s trying to make change,” Mr. Paterson said.
The governor declined to be interviewed by The New York Times about his remarks. But several people who had spoken to him said that he and his aides saw racial overtones in everything from the searing depictions of him on “Saturday Night Live” to small turns of phrase, like New York magazine’s reference to his freewheeling style as “jazz government.”
Well, I don’t mean to be cold blooded here, Governor Paterson, but when you screw over the only living descendant of what is effectively America’s Royalty – folks aren’t really looking at whether you are black or white.
When you fail to control your own Party in the State Senate and House resulting in a 6 week gridlock, making the state the laughing stock of the whole nation – it ain’t about whether you are black or white.
Yes, there are going to be a percentage of people, including those in the media who can’t get past your race. However, every single successful black person in the media, government, or corporate world in America deals with that – and dealing with that is an integral part of why they are successful.
And yes, there are unreconstructed confederate racists who didn’t get the message in 1964, of which we see ample evidence in the conservative sphere in Town Halls, Militias, and right wing publications and think tanks…
But as a politician, specifically a black politician – that’s the war you signed on for.
Some of us out here, including this blog cheered your efforts to drop the hammer on the dysfunctional NY Senate and appointment of a Lt. Governor (which didn’t work out). NY politics has been a bruising exercise in hand-to-hand combat since the days of Tammany Hall. Not much different than Chicago’s infamous politics.
Governor Paterson – not even a majority of black people in your state support you anymore, and the hallways are noticeably empty of folks willing to rally behind your race card.
You want to whine – go becme a professional-victim black conservative. Whining about their perceived mistreatment is, after all, their stock in trade.
Otherwise, STFU and get the job done – and those poll numbers will take care of themselves.
And so will President Obama and Deval Patrick.