NYT Paterson, take 2

... or maybe this is the big NYT story about David Paterson. A profile piece posted Thursday night depicts the governor as unfocused, unresponsive, increasingly isolated and kind of odd. The story isn't flattering, but it doesn't seem all that shocking, either. Of course, maybe that's the problem for Paterson... Update: A Paterson spokesman released a long response to the article early Friday morning.

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The Times seems to be building up to a crescendo.

Shocking? No. But put yourself in the shoes of a well-heeled political donor and ask yourself this question: how much money am I willing to pay to support David Paterson?

The rumors left people expecting a beheading. This is more a slow bleed.

Is the story a "bombshell"? No. Is it scandalous? No. Is anything in it resignation-worthy? No.

At worst, it paints Paterson as a lazy governor who likes to spend money in expensive establishments and hang out with high-profile people.

Interestingly, he keeps rebutting all of these accusations by saying that he didn't "ask" to be governor. Yeah, but when you accepted the offer from Spitzer to be his lieutenant governor, didn't you understand that this may become part of the deal?

Sounds like what Paterson likes about being governor is spending money on expensive restaurants and hotels and hanging out with celebrities. What Paterson doesn't like about being governor is governing.

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