Maggie Gallagher

"The voters' message to the Governor is clear: 'No, no, no,'" said Steven Greenberg, Siena New York poll spokesman. Fifty-five percent of New Yorkers now give Spitzer a negative job rating.

"Four times as many voters think he's doing a poor job as think he's doing an excellent job," noted Greenberg, "Since January, his favorability has fallen by 21 points while his unfavorability has risen by 26 points."

So why are New York Democrats backing the governor up?

Republicans in the state legislature have begun to voice fears that there is method to this madness: Perhaps the plan is to get more illegal immigrants to the polls? Democrats have pooh-poohed these fears, saying driver's licenses are not proof of citizenship.

But a quick trip to the New York State Board of Elections Web site gives potential voters the following identification requirements for voter registration:

"Your identity must be verified prior to election day, so that you will not have to provide identification when you vote. Your identity can be verified through your DMV number (driver's license number or nondriver ID number), or the last four digits of your social security number.

"If your identity is not verified before election day, you will be asked to provide identification when you vote for the first time. Samples of the identification you may provide include a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government document that shows your name and address."

So is Spitzer mad or just manly?

As Rudyard Kipling put it, "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you ... you'll be a Man, my son!"

"Right, or maybe you just don't know what the hell is going on," a friend of mine suggested.

We'll see.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.