Everybody has walked away from their former leaders. The men who used to control their member item, lulus and school aid.
Everybody is pledging ethics reform and says the people deserve better.
You don't get to be leader by being nice and you better know how to deal and how to discipline and reward.
As leader you are one of three men in a room, essentially running the budget process and by extension the entire state government.
You are deciding on taxes and spending, and which bills become laws.
But don't let the power go to your head. Don't get too uppity or full of yourself, and don't think government exists as an extension of your own interests.
It's a tough combination to find and the respective caucuses have to go along to get along. It took an ambitious US Attorney to fell Silver and Skelos as the system would never have taken them out.
I always remember a private reception I was at in Joe Bruno's suite prior to an inauguration. I think it was Spitzer's.
The Senate Majority Leader was being fawned over by doting staff and sycophantic members of the caucus. It struck me as especially over the top and after seeing it I understood how Albany works. (I suspect the same scene was playing out down the hall in the Speaker's suite).