On Monday morning, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is supposed to meet with one of his Republican flock to discuss not the lovely Indian Summer weather, but more contentious topics like 'Is DeDe Scozzafava the Benedict Arnold of the Republican caucus and should she be punished for abandoning the Republican Congressional nonmination in an effort to elect Democrat Bill Owens?'.
In Albany, you can be forgiven for a lot of things, including slashing the face of your girlfriend with a wine glass, or committing wholesale adultry as long as you are north of Bear Mountain, or using your leadership post to enrich the health care consortium owned by your family.. All that and more is OK.
But disloyalty to the party...thats a problem...Talk to Mike Bragman about that.
Well, we know what Shelly Silver or June O'Neill would do to a Democrat who did what Scozzafava did just eight days ago. But what will the Republicans in the Assembly do ?....Given their numbers, they don't do a heck of a lot, so they probably have had lots of time to ponder this dilemma.
What does Mr. Kolb say to kick off the chat ?
'Gee DeDe, What's new ?'
After all, Scozzafava is already set up as a victim of a party that mugged her for wanting just a little marriage equality and now she gets punished for putting a stop to the man who wanted to represent the district as a Republican, even though he couldn't express that on television.
Given that nothing goes on in the Assembly Minority, there is an argument to be made for letting it slide...let her finish the term...and move on to a post in the Cuomo Administration (oops that part is still embargoed).
Maybe the GOP should just move on and not be seen as vindictive, even if what was done was a betrayal of those who supported her and gave her the nomination.
That's what I'd do....nothing. Let it slide... After all , to err is human, to forgive divine.