Was Paterson really so bad?

Brian Mann on state budgets and New York State’s $10 billion deficit:

When you watch this CBS segment, it’s hard not to think that one figure comes out looking very good in all this: outgoing Governor David Paterson.

Paterson’s often clumsy fight to shrink the deficit, and to pay New York’s bills on time, makes him something of a canary in a coal mine in national politics.