From the Daily News:
There's a remedy for political insurgency - incumbency.
There's nothing like winning office to turn insurgents into the best pals of the powers-that-be. "You're one of us now," the late Queens-Democratic boss Tom Manton was known to tell candidates who bucked him and won.
Christine Quinn must have learned that lesson well from Manton, who helped make her City Council speaker in 2006. In her carrot-and-stick reorganization last week of the Council's swarm of committee chairmanships, Quinn doled out committee or subcommittee chairs to 11 of the 13 newcomers to the Council, including eight who were elected with the help of the insurgent-friendly Working Families Party .
There was much talk after the November election that the new members, especially the WFP bunch, would form the nucleus of a more independent Council.
Quinn did one of her smiling burns when asked if giving chairs and lulus to so many newbies could be seen as trying to co-opt them. She said the newcomers "might bring skill sets to make a committee work well and help the Council do a good job."
In other words: "You're one of us now."