Waking Up On Day One
January 2nd, 2007

Eliot Spitzer became governor yesterday, and most New York newspaper editorial pages commented on his inaugural address.

In an editorial entitled The Start Of Something Big, the Daily News gushes: His forceful, 20-minute inaugural address, delivered in the frigid outdoors, was filled with moments to warm the hearts of all New Yorkers who care about clean, effective government.

The New York Posts editorial,
Governor Change, also praised the speech for promising change uplifting news for everyone, whether Republican or Democrat – except, of course, for those who have fed off the sclerotic, corrupt culture of Albany politics of past years. Change – deep, cultural, far-reaching – is what New York badly needs now. The Post cautioned that Spitzer revealed few details, but added: For now, Spitzer’s vows of “change” are enough to lift spirits. So give him the benefit of the doubt.

Newsday was happy as well with the tone set by the first day of the Spitzer administration: The state desperately needs a new approach – a new attitude – toward doing the people’s business Day Two, everything is harder. But Spitzer is nothing if not determined. He set out the correct vision yesterday. Day One, at least, everything sounded like spring.

Only the New York Sun held back the praise in its editorial, criticizing Spitzer for failing to mention in his speech what it sees as the accomplishments of his predecessor a record of progress in environmental conservation, a charter schools law in place and at least the stirrings of a parental choice movement in schooling in the state, and the beginning of the end of rent control and focusing on Spitzers remark that “Like Rip Van Winkle, the legendary character created by the New York author Washington Irving, New York has slept through much of the past decade while the rest of the world has passed us by.” But, says the Sun, it is the Democrats who have been asleep during a great revolution in political economy; its editorial is entitled Rip Van Spitzer. He ran for office declaring Day One, Everything Changes. But at the end of Day One, Sheldon Silver is still speaker. Senator Bruno is still leading in the upper chamber, and not everything has changed.”

For more on what Spitzer will do in office, and what some advise him to do, see our book club interview with Spitzer biographer Brooke Masters and also Advising Spitzer, which includes advice from former Governors William Weld and Jim Florio.

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