On Day Two, WSJ Does Paterson

For Day Two–the morning after its big party–the Wall Street Journal‘s Greater New York section had bid-rigging, foreign buyers, a Mets history lesson, and–David Paterson, under the tabloid-y headline “Paterson to Successor: You Will Fail.

“Whether the governor is David Paterson or Rick Lazio or Andrew Cuomo or Superman, we don’t have a structure that empowers a single leader to get his or her state out of a major conflict,” Mr. Paterson told Jacob Gershman. “It’s kind of like being in quicksand. You can move around a lot, but it just makes the problem worse.”

Mr. Paterson’s stock as a newspaper draw seems to have diminished though. He’s on a banner at the top, but the story is tucked inside.

And, while the article suggests Mr. Paterson isn’t fighting that hard, he feels sort of like Muhammad Ali, who people still assume went to jail.

“He didn’t go to jail. He was tried. See what I’m saying? I realized that if you just litter the airwaves with innuendo about a person, you can take them out,” Mr. Paterson said.

Mr. Ali has been a popular reference point of late. A few weeks ago, he was being compared to New Yorker editor David Remnick.

On Day Two, WSJ Does Paterson