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He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Governor Paterson poop meter

With Vice President Joe Biden in hibernation, I've put the Biden gaffe-meter on moth-balls for the time being.

But in its place is the David Paterson poop meter. It seems like with each passing day, New York's Governor finds himself in deeper poop. Right now it's set to Defcon 4.

Today's contribution: A front page New York Times story that depicts an administration in total chaos.

How much chaos? Let's see, Exhibit A:

But the real surprise, said several people who attended, came when Mr. Paterson spoke on the second day. He seemed unfocused, even rambling, in a brief appearance, offering few clues about what he wanted to do as governor and leaving many staff members confused and frustrated.

And Exhibit B:

Almost a year into his governorship, Mr. Paterson still seems adrift, many who interact with him say, and even some in his own party are privately questioning whether he has the capacity to lead the state.

Need More. Try Exihibit C:

In recent days, he has acknowledged he had a role in unleashing his aides to challenge Caroline Kennedy’s account of why she withdrew from consideration for a Senate appointment. And he has announced that he would bring back Charles J. O’Byrne, his former chief aide who resigned amid a tax scandal, to serve as a top political adviser.

The piece has about twenty more examples of a listless, rudderless, leaderless administration, and raises serious questions about whether Governor Paterson can survive a primary challenge in 2010.  At this point, I think it's 50-50 that he even seeks re-election.  If Paterson continues on this trajectory, he may just pull an LBJ and bow out early.

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