Friday, April 04, 2008

Governor Overshare

The New York Press is a cannibalistic animal that eats politicians the way Rosie O'Donnell eats fried Twinkies and cheeseburgers. There is no nook or cranny that is sacred to them, and New York pols - from obscure councilman to Governors - exist in a weird symbiotic relationship with them. It is perhaps propelled by fear of this bizarre carnival that New York's new Gov. David Paterson decided to come clean about everything...and I mean everything.

Paterson is New York's first blind African American Governor. I know this is a great achievement for him, but I am bedevilled as to why the news media is obsessed with this fact...nevertheless, he's the first. Maybe It would be a little more noteworthy if he were the first blind African American trapeze artist. Paterson, formerly the State's lieutenant governor, ascended to the throne as a result of the follies of the now infamous Governor Elliot Spitzer. Spitzer resigned - wife standing stoically at his side - after it was discovered that he spent over $80,000 on hookers - and not toothless, coked out call girls either! They were the silicone enhanced, weekly blood tested, would-you-like-me-to-bring-a-midget-along kind. Anyway, it all ended badly for Governor Spitzer - Democratic Governor Spitzer. The media loves to remind us when it's a Republican in trouble, but when it's a Democrat, they just say "senator" or "congressman". This is what they call liberal media bias. Those on the left think this is a fiction created by crackpots like myself, but let me enlighten you:

When Republican Senator Larry Craig got in hot water over trying to solicit a little slap and tickle with a male undercover officer in a Minneapolis airport restroom, MSNBC made sure to remind you he was a Republican. When Governor Spitzer got in trouble, they seemed to have thought it less important to remind us he was a Democrat. The first article screams out the word Republican - in the second, there is almost no reference to the fact that Spitzer is a Democrat....and people wonder why I say watching cable news makes you stupid.

Anyway, I'm off topic. It's perfectly understandable for Governor Paterson to want to insulate himself from the New York press corps, but there is such a thing as overkill. In the past 2 weeks he's admitted to cheating on his wife, smoking marijuana, and using cocaine. It's like he's rolling out a never ending carpet of debauchery. Unless you were playing hide the pickle on the Government's dime or while sitting in office, no one really cares. I wonder if Paterson is really afraid of the media, or if he's trying to prove he's the Kurt Cobain of Gubernatorial politics. Either way, I hope he stops sharing with us soon.

On to other things. I saw Syriana last night, and it was everything I thought it would be, only it was more of a disaster than I was expecting. Four improbable plot lines compete with each other, strung together by cryptic dialogue, over-used tinted lens shots, and lots of left wing paranoia. It's not a "smart Hollywood thriller", it's the same pablum that the Hollywood left cooks up 5 times a year, only this one is much more stilted and annoying in its delivery. Please don't waste your time on this garbage, I've done the suffering for you already.

Have a great weekend.



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