A few weeks ago, nobody heard of Carl Paladino, a rich realtor from Buffalo who beat silly Lazio in the Republican primaries for Governor. Lazio – if you remember, ran against Hillary for senate in 2000 and made a laughing stock of himself by trying to bully her in a debate. So, beating Lazio, by outspending him – not a big a deal. The story would have ended here.

Enter the media.

Day after day,

Paladino has been

on covers of newspapers

And who can forget the “Governor in waiting”? And the hoax scandals the press cooked for him to make it easy for Cuomo – who was investigating Paterson?

stuff like this

and this

and since he didn’t resign, this

All this to get Cuomo to run un-opposed.

Fast forward to today

Cuomo 49, Paladino 43: Now Here’s a Shocking Poll

And to make it funnier, Bloomberg’s endorsement, not so useful either.

Karma is a bitch.

Because I remember it all, I predicted the polls getting closer the moment I saw Paladino getting covers.

Not a lot of reasons to vote Cuomo, are they?

In short: I told you so.