As the thin line between a GOP majority and the mayhem of a 31-31 Senate, Sen.-elect Patty Ritchie already has those looking to her to make the difference between a blubbery, tax-crazy state and some kind of Tea Party heaven.
The blogger linked here is counting down the days to Ms. Ritchie being a senator, and promises to keep an eye on her performance. Ms Ritchie is there because of people like this. People who rightly or wrongly see a Republican majority as the last line of defense against a crazy and corrupt Albany....That's a big responsibility.
It's a tenuous grip the Republicans have...There is still one seat the Democrats won't concede, although in SD 7 it does appear over with...In Buffalo's SD60, the new GOP senator-elect is really a Democrat only re-registering this year, and Senator-elect Grisanti has made it clear he is not an arch-conservative, as he won only because his urban district was offended by the corrupt thugocracy in the Democratic caucus.
Every senator in that 32 member caucus will be in a position to leverage money for their district in exchange for staying in the fold. They will do it because we expect them to.
The differences between the major parties are more about nuance and those who see this election as a taxpayer revolt may be disappointed. That may be, but in this race it was the "revolt" crowd who made the difference. Those people need to keep score, because change elections only happen once in a while.
Oswego Taxpayer Revolt