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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Soares hyperbole

The times that try mens' souls: Here's your Monday quiz. Who said this quote over the weekend, and what was he/she referring to?:
The eyes of the world are watching this drama unfold
A) President Bush, in reference to Constitution-writing in Iraq.
B) Cindy Sheehan, in reference to the almost 2,000 American deaths in Iraq.
C) David Soares, in reference to the Geisel case.

I like that. It's like Soares is in his own personal Truman Show here in Albany. And the truth is, Soares' whole world - or at least his reputation as a tough-on-crime-but-compassionate DA and thus a lot of his political future - is going to be significantly shaped by this case. If he wants to be mayor someday, the conventional wisdom coming out of last fall was that he needed to show some serious tough-on-crime credentials in office. Unfortunately, the twists and turns of the Geisel case have made it a lot less clear that simply lowering the hammer on her is going to be a sure-thing best move for a politically ambitious DA. Once upon a time, Soares was probably relishing taking this thing to trial. Now I think he wants to cut a deal ASAP.
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