Oh, this is just rich. Nothing like seeing Albany politicians getting into this type of argument: a money and fundraising argument. Better yet, let us now hear from the master of ceremonies in the Albany Rent-a-Slut Daily Cavalcade of Human Intemperance and Legislative Bazaar:
Bruno Ramps Up Spitzer Attack – The Empire Zone – N.Y. / Region – New York Times Blog
Among other things, he was irked that Democrats are using common tactics like circumventing limits on individual donations to Senate candidates by raising funds for the party instead of directly for the candidate. Not that Mr. Bruno, the state?s most powerful Republican, was making a case for campaign finance reform?he was not.
?My point is they can do whatever it is that they please, but please don?t step up on a pulpit and pontificate,? he said. (Em. mine)
Translation: “Be a whore and for God’s sake, don’t question it. Suck it like a man.” Good one, Joe. You’re really earning that monogrammed designer cock-ring you got for Christmas.
Now, as for Spitzer and the rest of the kids: well, Patterson certainly has an excuse which allows for the “plausible deniability” factor. His is the kind of equivocation the stuff of which lawyers dreams are made of:
Bruno Ramps Up Spitzer Attack (cont’d)
?We are playing by the rules that exist in that particular campaign,? Mr. Paterson said, adding that the governor was ?not raising money for himself, he?s raising money for Craig Johnson.?
Hardly fills you with pride in your new governor, now does it? No, indeed, though I get the feeling I’m getting filled with something. In fact, what he’s really saying ~ and what the Spitzer camp is saying through it’s surrogate ~ is, in effect, “we were never going to lose, so we didn’t need to be whores. This guy, on the other hand, is ripe for a rim-job. Just look at that ass! Step right up, boys!”
It is horribly depressing for those of us who have worked so hard to try and push the Clean Money, Clean Elections agenda forward; those of us who until quite recently had thought the Spitzer camp an ally in that fight; to find them peddling ass at the first convenient moment.
Meanwhile, I must say that I’m also a bit disappointed in my friends at RochesterTurning.com and TheAlbanyProject.com and loads of other blogs for having been wooed into the middle of this Saturnalia that Spitzer’s gotten himself involved in. Dangle a bit of DailyKos in a blogger’s faces, and they get all exited. In addition to a $25,000 a plate dinner, they’re organizing a big “bitch betta have ma money” festival including a whole slew of big-name blogs. Check out the lame advertisement done by Spitzer. Suddenly, all that inspirational music just makes me sick. I’d like to believe that I’m wrong, but man, he’s not helping me.
Let me be clear in this: that blogs have the ability to keep the politicians and journalists honest; that we can provide the “meta-journalism” needed to add context to the national and local narratives; that we even have the power to change the direction of the entire conversation; that we have the power to affect even the relatively disaffected Democrat and Chronicle is a good thing to be praised. That we just get used to be the free billboards and unpaid labour for the next round of whores is not.
I confess that, had I been asked, I probably would have considered it for a moment. I’m as given to having my ego stroked as anyone. But eventually, I would have come to the rather obvious conclusion that the only thing worse than being involved in an Albany Orgy would be getting stuck being the stenographer to an Albany Orgy.
Eewww. . . You can keep the free pencil holder. . . .
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