Spitzer Backs Down

It only took what, three months?  But “Prince Eliot” (as Lou Dobb’s dubbed him), has finally gotten the message that his nonsensical plan to give illegal aliens NY State Drivers Liscenses was not going to happen.  He has shelved the plan “for now,” and is probably banking on a Hillary win in ’08 to allow him to bring it back as part of “a wider package of immigration reforms.”

Goernor Bully-boy will probably have to wait even longer though.  I doubt that all those who are opposed to his idea are just going to give up the fight if Shrillary wins.  With some 75% of NYer’s opposed (Marist and Siena Polls), and some 70% of people nationally opposed, not to mention 29/32 County Clerks opposed, there is more than enough support to continue to oppose this foolishness.  I fully expect the NY State Senate, the Assembly Minority, and practical thinking Democrats to continue to oppose this, regardless of who is in the Oval Office.

This is a win for the “good guys.”  By stopping this plan cold, we avert all sorts of potential troubles.  There will be less of an issue using a NYDL as an ID card for plane travel, voter registration and identification, and there will be a definitively verifiable paper trail by having a Social Security number, and other forms of identification in order to get one.  No, it’s not perfect, but it’s a far cry better than the cheap pandering that was Spitzer’s plan.

Adding to Eliot’s woes, his former Communication Secretary, Darren Dopp, is facing a perjury indictment, stemming from his “inconsistent” testimony in front Albany DA David Soares and the State Ethics Commission.  How bad is it?  Dopp’s former attorney, and local sleeze ball lawyer, Terrence Kindlon, is a potential witness, and had to drop Dopp as a client.  Dopp for those who don’t (or won’t!) remember is at the center of the “Troopergate” scandal. 

We’ll just have to see how loyal Dopp is to Spitzer.  If he opts to cut a deal, and fully disclose what happened, Spitzer will be in serious, if not impeachable, trouble.  If Dopp is truly loyal to Spitzer, he’ll fall on hos sword, and take the entire rap for the scandal.  Let’s also see if Dopp’s new lawyer will give him better advice that his previous one.


3 thoughts on “Spitzer Backs Down

  1. I wonder if this has anything to do with Clinton? I would imagine that this was something of a black eye for her and her campaign – and given the fact that the Clintons are notorious for pressuring people or organizations into doing things that benefit them … It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Spitzer is backing down on behalf of her highness.

  2. I think that many people are over stating the Clinton effect here. While I would say that it is certainly the last nail in the coffin, this policy was headed for defeat anyway, either in the courts, or through refusal to implement. So the Clinton influence here was minimal at best, no matter what Fred Dicker at the NY Post says.

    Spitzer may be playing a dangerous and risky political game here. By making Hillary the bad guy, he deflects blame from himself from the supporters of the policy. However, it makes him look weak, and a pawn of Clinton, not his own man, an image he cultivated as AG. But with his poll numbers competing with the US Congress, he can’t go much lower.

  3. You’re probably right. It was certainly a sinking ship from the get go, although the timing of the whole thing with Clinton couldn’t have been worse. My guess is that while Hillary may have been the final nail in that coffin, I would bet that it was a point of severe contention between those two camps.

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