MEGAN MCARDLE: New York will miss David Paterson: “David Paterson is not a great politician. . . . But when the state had a crushing budget deficit, he made some hard choices. Unpopular choices, which a better politician wouldn’t have made–but which are ultimately the reason that New York is not yet California. . . . It’s not all that likely that we’ll get a higher degree of moral probity from whoever succeeds him in the governor’s office. But it’s quite likely that we’ll get a lower level of willingness to make tough calls when the chips are down.”
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