Governor David Paterson Threatens Political Suicide

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New York Governor David Paterson broadly hinted Tuesday that he will be leaving Albany in a hearse driven by reporters.

Increasingly hysterical about a scandal we don't even know about yet, the accidental governor told reporters that "the only way I'll be leaving office before [next year] is in a box."

Suicide by media, instead of suicide by cop.

For God's sake, Governor, we know you're upset, but don't do anything rash until we at least find out what this supposed bombshell is all about.

However, such advance preparations before a storm are not unprecedented. Without a flake of fresh snow on the ground yesterday, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and a host of other officials precipitously called off school and told people to stay home today because of the expected blizzard.

As to the accidental governor's bravado, again there's precedent. Presidential candidate Gary Hart dared reporters in 1987, "Follow me around. I don't care. I'm serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They'll be very bored." They weren't. They soon discovered his monkey business with Donna Rice on his yacht Monkey Business. (See Rice above with Paterson standing in for Hart.)

The more defiant Paterson sounds about staying in office no matter what, the more likely it is that he will resign. That's not typically suicidal behavior, but it is typical of politicians who are about to resign.

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