Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue New York driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated on Friday that he had not ruled out shelving the idea.
The governor’s aides have grown increasingly concerned that reaction to the plan is preventing Mr. Spitzer from advancing or even discussing other matters. It has also become an issue for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign and has caused anxiety among other Democrats.
After a meeting on Friday with Hispanic lawmakers at a conference here, Mr. Spitzer was not displaying the defiance with which he had defended the plan in the past. Asked by a reporter if he would change or table the plan, the governor said he was sticking with it “as of now,” but suggested that he was open to abandoning it.
“Sometimes you put out an idea and there isn’t so much support, and you try to persuade people and you see where you go,” Mr. Spitzer said. “This is the way the world works.”
Uh, yeah, but this wasn't an "idea" and Spitzer wasn't trying to "persuade" anyone. He used an executive order to put the measure into effect. It was only after the fact, when his ploy had been discovered and was catching so much flack, that he was suddenly interested in "persuading" people. As Judicial Watch said:
"Eliot Spitzer wants to use his public office to sanction illegal behavior and put all of us at risk through his plan to give driver licenses to illegal aliens. If Governor Spitzer wants to change the rules, he has to follow the rules – which means going through the New York State Legislature and otherwise following New York law."
That would be a nice start. Do your "persuading" there, Mr. Spitzer and do tell us how well it goes. In the meantime I'll be sitting here waiting for the left to condemn Spitzer for abusing his power as an executive.
I’ve been wondering for some days now, if this isn’t just a case of Spitzer asking for far more than the left wants, so as to settle for what he actually wants, while being seen as someone who’s willing to compromise.
Normally, I wouldn’t attribute such foresight to the man. On the other hand, we’ve seen another instance of that happening just recently with Charlie Rangel and his monster tax increase.
And there would seem something of a trend, here, if true...
I laid eyes on Spitzer only once, maybe 20 years ago, in Grand Central Terminal. He was coming down the the southwest corner ramp toward 42nd Street and I was going up it. He was all lit up with a thirst for power right there, that’s how obviously he was filled with that impulse, something that some people might mistake for charisma, and nothing he has said or done since has changed that perception of him for me.
I just laughed when it became clear that he would finally become the next governor of New York. That sort of automatic uncontested election of Democrats in New York (and let’s include that contemptible slob now mayor of the City) is the legacy left by a limp-wristed Republican governor, Pataki, and the liberal Giuliani. There is effectively no Republican party in New York now. That’s their legacy.
So what you have is Hillary Clinton, Spitzer, Schumer, and Bloomberg, collectively four of the most reprehensible elected officials ever. Socialist, gun-grabbing, arrogant, unopposed, malign scumbags. And it’s soaking into the county and municipal governments around the state, including the school boards, which are extremely powerful, and are really nothing more than the milking cows of the teacher’s unions.