Skipping St. Pats

The City Council’s entry in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade seemed almost entirely without Council Members, who followed the lead of the boycotting Speaker, though David Weprin of Queens was there.

And, speaking of absences, Governor Pataki was absent from his own Governor’s Breakfast, despite being included in the progam. Prayers were said for his speedy recuperation, but that can’t be good. Purely politically, the illness has already cost him what was basically the only edge he had in the 2008 Republican sweepstakes: frequent, energetic, early attention to New Hampshire and, especially, Iowa.