If the news that the state of New York is facing its highest unemployment rate in over 26 years isn’t bad enough this probably isn’t the most welcome news for Democrats. According to reports President Obama reportedly asks New York Governor David Paterson not to run in 2010. Paterson is one of only two African-American governors in the U.S. and is currently the chief executive of an important state when it comes to national elections.

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Paterson took over the governor’s office after the resignation of Eliot Spitzer. Since that time the Democratic governor has seen his approval rating plummet, the state legislature deadlock for weeks mid-summer, and the economy of New York state sink to almost unprecedented levels. The White House has taken notice, and in a move indicative of what his role is, President Obama has reportedly taken the unusual step of asking Paterson to not seek re-election.

Check out video below where Governor Paterson explains his low approval numbers.

In addressing the issue of whether he would see re-election, Paterson told reporters the following:

“I am running for office,” Paterson told reporters at a Manhattan parade. “I’m not going to discuss confidential conversations,” he said, adding that he planned to continue focusing on matters related to the financial crisis.

If I were Governor Paterson I don’t think I’d want to discuss that conversation either. Paterson is so unpopular that Obama’s advisers are worried that not only with the Democrats lose the Governor’s office, but they are concerned that they will lose the state house and national house seats in the 2010 mid-term elections. In addition to Paterson receiving pressure from the White House it appears that Al Sharpton has also weighed in on the issue. MSNBC is reporting that Sharpton has contacted Paterson and the White House over his concerns. So, my question is whether or not Al has access to the President. I’d be a little, okay a lot, worried if that was the case. Doesn’t Rev. Sharpton have a “flock” to tend to?

Officially the President has not spoken directly with Paterson, and he obviously won’t do that because of the political backlash. So, who gets the job of being the President’s messenger? Apparently that job fell to U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, at least according to the New York Times. That way the President doesn’t have to “get his hands dirty” and be accused of forcing out an African-American who is the Governor of an important state.

This video clip from a New York PBS station is the Governor’s attempt to explain his near twenty percent job approval rating. Let me know if you laughed as much as I did after watching the clip.

So, to repeat, according to reports, President Obama reportedly asks New York Governor David Paterson not to run in 2010. I guess that’s because the President feels justified in using his federal office to try and influence state and local decisions. I guess that whole federalism thing has outlived its usefulness in the eyes of this administration. Let’s just hand over all the power to the Executive Branch of the federal government. Wouldn’t things run a lot more smoothly if that were the case? Let’s ask the Russians how that kind of centralized power and government control worked for them. Better yet, let’s ask the Poles what they think of the plan. Oh yeah, they aren’t taking our calls right now. They’re too busy trying to dig the knife out of their back and start building their bomb shelters in the back yard.