2009

31 Dec

Happy New Year, everyone.

This will be the last post of 2008 – the 6,666th since the April 2005 switch to WordPress, for all you Satanists out there – and I guess I’ll be adding stuff to it as the day goes on.

Firstly, not that any of you care, but this instance of WordPress MU got upgraded overnight sometime and everything looks different. It’s like I’ve been flying a DC-3, and now have to get used to a 777.

Secondly, the Buffalo Ruse has posted its satirical “2008 headlines you wish you had never read“. My favorites:

BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD AMENDS CURRICULUM, ADDS: ‘FONDLING CERTAIN DISABLED CHILDREN OK’…’HETEROSEXUAL BASKETBALL COACHES CAN SLEEP WITH CONSENTING MINORS’…’CITY HONORS ENTRANCE EXAM NARROWED TO 1 QUESTION: ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH CHRIS JACOBS?’

and

MAYOR ATTEMPTS COUP ON NORTH BUFFALO’S COMMON COUNCIL SEAT; LOCURTO REBUFFS TAKEOVER BY MAKING AN OFFER MAYOR CAN’T UNDERSTAND: ‘LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE CITY’

and

GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES NEW TAXES ON UPSTATE NY: ‘YOU’RE FIFTY-YEAR FREE RIDE ON NYC’S BACK IS OVER’

and

CAROLINE KENNEDY VISITS BUFFALO, MEETS PEOPLE SHE WILL NEVER HAVE TO SUFFER THE COMPANY OF EVER AGAIN.

UPDATE: Did you see this article about Chris Collins’ efforts to try and recruit Democrats to run against Poloncarz next year?

One thing people tend to forget about running X like a business is that CEOs of closely held private corporate entities don’t generally have to build consensus among anyone or otherwise convice anyone of anything. They can do whatever they damned well please, and that’s fine in that arena. It doesn’t necessarily work in a pluralistic democracy where that sort of behavior makes you enemies and paints an ever-larger target on your own back.

The whole point of an independent county comptroller’s office is that he is neither beholden to Collins nor to the legislature, and the current occupant of that position has not endeared himself overly to either side over the last several years. And because Poloncarz won’t reflexively go along with what Collins wants, he must be purged!

So, Collins tried to recruit Kathy Konst to primary Poloncarz next year. She refused. When asked to comment, Collins says…

The county executive confirmed the story during a recent interview. He said he wasn’t trying to take out Poloncarz as his potential rival for county executive in 2011; he said he was trying to replace a comptroller who constantly complains.

“The comptroller has not worked well with me. He has been crying to the skies that the sky is falling; let’s not pull any punches,” Collins said. “Kathy Konst was — and I say that in the past tense — someone I could work with, if nothing else.”

Collins can’t “work with” a fiscal watchdog who calls bullshit on his shenanigans. He needs a lapdog who will eagerly and silently do his bidding.

Given past fiscal crises and problems we’ve endured, I hardly think that’s a winning strategy for Mr. Collins. And that whole charade about not being a “chief politician” is a load of dung. It doesn’t get more political than Collins’ recent amateur Machiavellian antics.

But I guess 2009 will tell.

UPDATE: Don’t go up the CN Tower when winds are 60+ MPH. Just saying.

19 Responses to “2009”

  1. mike hudson December 31, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    here’s hoping for a less eventful year in 2009.

  2. indabuff December 31, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    In defense of Collins and Poloncarz, both are political animals…Poloncarz is being touted as CE material…though it may be hard for some to believe, don’t you think he is not going to go out of his way to make nicey nice with Collins…any praise sent Collins way by MP would surely make great campaign fodder for CC…my guess too is that Collins ain’t gonna go out of his way to make MP look good either.

  3. lulu December 31, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    Happy New Year, pundit and all! I also found the Collins article interesting. Most of my political disgust is saved for the City, so I do not follow County government as thoroughly as some(I can only handle so much ineptness in my elected representatives) but I found it interesting that Collins stressed that his ability to work with Konst is “in the past tense.” So does that mean he asked her to run against Poloncarz, she said no, so now he can no longer work with her? Lovely. In some ways the fact that he is talking straight about it is refreshing. Very, very sad, but somehow refreshing.
    Anyway, Cheers to a safe and happy New Year!

  4. jen December 31, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    Happy New Year BP!

  5. indabuff December 31, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    Oh…

    Happy NEW YEAR Alan…

  6. WNYPMH December 31, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    Not sure Konst can be relevant ever again. Between her own waggling around in deciding which office to run for and the Slash and Burn campaign that Volker ran which was more about ruining her than actually winning the seat…I am just not sure how much credibility she has for anything. End of the race, and she looked foolish. Can’t make up her mind on which office. Doesn’t know when her own husband files bankruptcy. If nothing else, KK will have to build a better organization to run again, and that probably means her husband shouldn’t be running the show again.

  7. Chris Smith December 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    All Collins did with this Konst/Poloncarz thing was simply foment in the minds of many that Mark is an honest politician with integrity. Collins and Byron Brown are two of the most inept political machiavellians in recent memory.

  8. Buffalo Girl December 31, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    The comptroller “constantly complains”? Now why do I think that is quite a funny statement!

  9. mike December 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    I will miss Frank Clark.

  10. Russell December 31, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Do you honestly think that no Dem in the Leg is looking for a candidate to primary the Comptroller? Dems in this region constantly devour their own. Since he’s been a thorn in the sides of many more Dems than Republicans, I’m sure many on that side of the aisle would love to see him gone. It’s how the game is played. Collins may have come in as a non-politician, but he’s in that arena now so he needs to play some of its games. But I would agree this story does bolster Poloncarz’s position. That’s part of being in the position of the “taxpayers’ watchdog”.

    I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous new year, even those that probably wouldn’t wish the same on me. Thanks for the entertainment you provided in ’08.

  11. WNYPMH December 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Russell…we agree on something. Maybe it will be a Happy New Year.

  12. Russell December 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Good way to end the year.

  13. buffalomom December 31, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    See you next year everyone. Here’s hope for a great year.

  14. mike hudson December 31, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    sounds like someone we know!

    http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/if_someone_wanted_to_publish_my

  15. KevinP January 1, 2009 at 12:17 am #

    Happy new year Alan, and all the BP readers.

    I like Collins, and I like Mark. They need to keep fighting each other, because it’s good for us. For once I feel like both have their constituency in mind, but that they disagree. So be it.

  16. Facts Plz January 1, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    Collins is sour on Konst based on the 2009 Budget controversy with the Leg. Konst was/is chair of the Finance Committee and had a leadership role in the Legislature’s amended budget. Clearly, the Collins/Konst alliance is now severely ruptured.

  17. Eisenbart January 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    “GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES NEW TAXES ON UPSTATE NY: ‘YOU’RE FIFTY-YEAR FREE RIDE ON NYC’S BACK IS OVER’”

    This makes me laugh.

  18. hank January 2, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    It shouldn’t make you laugh, it should make you cry.

    Patterson’s annoucement should make you feel like CNY and WNY are going to be transformed into America’s largest Trailer Park.

    Mike will be right at home.

  19. Pauldub January 2, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    @Hank When that happens, are you going to move your double wide up here?
    Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year down there…

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