Honestly, we don’t know where this all goes at the end of the day, as we say.
We’re not saying either that we favor or oppose this federal prosecutorial onslaught. Perhaps it is necessary, even long overdue. We are wary, however, of criminal prosecutions as the panacea of the day to any problem, including entrenched political corruption, which is concededly abundant in the capital of the State of New York.
The feds hounded the New York governor from his office almost seven years ago now. Has it made a dent in the abuse of power and corruption problem in the time since? Then they turned their sights onto Joe Bruno, the second of three men in a room. This did not go well.
Maybe it’s a good idea. Singling out this or that official hasn’t changed a thing, so a scorched earth carpet bombing approach might have an impact. We’ll see.
But it really tests the integrity of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, doesn’t it? I mean both the current one and any of his successors.
After all, it might be the ultimate truth in all this that the only way to kill a monster is with a worse monster. The Southern District of New York has gone down that road before.