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July 26, 2010

A while back, we had a post that painstakingly probed and analyzed Governor Paterson’s recent moves in dealing with the state legislature. We went back and forth over possible strategies that might be in play, and we speculated on the relative utility of each. 

A reader then responded to the post, saying simply: “You’re over thinking it. There’s no strategy involved with Paterson. He’s just flailing away.” 

At the time we thought, “No, that can’t be. There’s got to be something going on behind the scenes that we just don’t know about. When it is revealed, the logic of his moves will be apparent.” 

We now believe that our intrepid reader was and is correct. There’s no plan for Paterson, unless, of course, the plan is to be perceived as being relentlessly confrontational with the legislature. 

Does he think this approach will change his reputation as weak and vacillating? Is that why he’s doing it? 

Is he doing this as some kind of complement to the campaign of Andrew Cuomo, who is supposed to be running against the legislature? 

Is he …? 

There we go again, over thinking things.   

No, there’s no plan or strategy here for Paterson. 

There’s no strategy in having the Secretary to the Governor quoted in the newspaper saying:  We’re going to “pound the piss” out of the lawmakers until they do what we want. 

There’s no strategy in refusing to negotiate and insisting that lawmakers to reconsider bills they’ve already rejected. 

There’s no strategy calling yet another special session without agreement.    

What’s the old saying? “Trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of …”

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