George Pataki went into the hospital for an appendectomy ten days ago. His spokespeople practically rushed out of the hospital room to brief the press in the middle of the night, a forthcoming show that seemed aimed at distancing them from the secrecy that shrouded the Vice President's own hospital visit (granted, Cheney was on the other side of the hospital bed).
When NY1 took a poll asking whether the Governor should take a few days to recover, I found myself agreeing with the majority: our man in Albany should take a few days out of Albany. It's surgery...take the weekend to recover.
That was 10 days ago.
New hospitals, additional surgery, and Pataki is still in a bathrobe. His handlers' directness faded first behind the insistence that the "complications" were "routine," and their endless declarations that "the Governor is resting comfortably" have become a little shrill.
NY1 has daily shown a clip of Pataki working from his bedside. The same clip...again and again. The sort of clip a Soviet leader would have used to prove a Minister hadn't fallen out of favor. Or that some goofballs would use to prove their Weekend at Bernie's was going just fine.
I hope Pataki is resting comfortably and on his way out of recovery soon. While we may not gain full disclosure of the medical complications, we did make another discovery this week: New York may not need a Governor after all.
Ten days with our state executive, and nothing has come up that's demanded his attention. Bloomberg has been tackling state education funding on his own. Our Senators took lead on the ports. Nobody seemed bothered that the lame duck Governor was, well, lame.
Maybe New York doesn't require a Governor...or, more likely, it just proves what we've been saying for awhile: New York just doesn't need George Pataki.