Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider is suggesting that the New York Times will drop its (supposed) David Paterson bombshell tomorrow -- and that the governor's resignation will follow shortly thereafter.
Obviously, this is highly speculative. As I noted on Friday, this isn't the first time I've heard chatter about a looming NYT story that will destroy a political career. It may well be that the Times does run a Paterson story tomorrow, but that it fails to even remotely match the build-up. It may also be that there's no story. And even if an explosive story does run tomorrow (or in the near future), who knows if Paterson really will quit?
But let's put all of those variables aside for a moment. If Weisenthal is right and Paterson does step down, the new governor of New York will be Richard Ravitch -- who, you may recall, was appointed lieutenant governor by Paterson last summer. (The appointment, which bypassed legislative confirmation, was challenged in court and ultimately upheld by the state's highest court on a 4-3 vote.) In effect, then, New York's governor will have been chosen by one man. At least Gerald Ford had to be confirmed by Congress!