Until recently, Ms. Quinn was regarded by many politicos as hamstrung by her alliance with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and their unpopular extension of term limits, as well as by revelations in 2008 that council funds were being assigned to fake organizations or misspent by some of Ms. Quinn's members.
But those issues are fading, replaced by the euphoria surrounding the marriage bill. Even though the drama unfolded in Albany, far from Ms. Quinn's sphere of power, she had been among the issue's champions and is now indelibly linked with an inspirational achievement.
For Ms. Quinn, some thorny issues remain. She will have to close multibillion-dollar deficits to balance the next two budgets. The business community, which is wary of her activist roots but has begun to warm to her, will expect her to hold the line on taxes. Real estate interests and private-sector construction unions will look for her to usher New York University's controversial expansion through the city's land-use review process.
Oh and she has done wonders for herself by alienating people that should be on her side by selling them out every chance she has gotten. I also like how she is getting credit somehow for the gay marriage bill passing and that somehow trumps her being a bitch, extending term limits against the will of the people and overseeing disbursement of slush funds.