Gutless Wonders

Albany Watch has a good roundup of editorial reaction to the three stooges’ farcical “emergency” budget meeting yesterday:

The Albany Times-Union said it was a “showcase of New York dysfunction” and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos showed “New Yorkers exactly why he no longer deserves to be Senate majority leader.”

But the New York Post’s Fred Dicker “why are these men smiling?”

The New York Times said that Senate Republicans walked out the winner because they got what they wanted: no cuts and no decisions until January, when Democrats in the Senate would have to deal with it. “The Republicans’ strategy was deft. It was brilliant,” the paper wrote.

The Daily News called the leaders “our gutless wonders” and says “to call them childish is to insult children. To call them clownish is to demean the members of an honorable profession. To call them cowards is to capture the essence of New York State’s legislative leaders.”

The Journal News said the events in Albany was ”as predictable as bare trees in November.”

The Buffalo News said “Legislators appear content to treat the state’s financial crisis as just another problem to ignore as upstate continues its slide into pauperhood.”

As Cindy Adams would say, only in New York, kids.

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