In case, unlike Ryan Moses and me, you missed Fox’s Bill O’Reilly interviewing the Governor last night, you missed some real comedy as Pataki was forced, against his will, into playing the voice of reason:
O’REILLY: The reason you don’t have Jessica’s Law here or tough mandatories against these people, is because of Sheldon Silver. It is because this guy, this assemblyman, is powerful enough to block it from even coming to a vote….Why haven’t you been able to beat him? I mean you’ve got to bring it to the folks of New York. He does this because he’s in the pocket of trial lawyers who don’t want these tough minimums.
PATAKI: Well, I don’t think this is trial lawyers. I just don’t understand the basis for…
O’REILLY: Trust me on this. He works at a law firm. You know where he is.
PATAKI: That’s different. We’re trying to get workers comp reform, too, with the trial lawyers on the other side. I don’t understand that at all.
O’REILLY: You think he’s just a pure, evil SOB?
PATAKI: No. No, not at all.
O’REILLY: Then why is he blocking it?
PATAKI: I don’t understand it. I think what he is trying to do is reflect the wishes of some of the people in his conference. And who they’re protecting is beyond me.