It's clear that his ambiguous statement and his brief self-seclusion are designed to allow him to assess whether he could build a public coalition of support for him to stay. So far, I haven't heard any words of sympathy, not from Albany Democrats, national Democrats, or anyway. He clearly did not quite anticipate the earthquake that his disclosure has caused. He learned about his possible indictment on Friday, told his staff Sunday, went public yesterday, and then... the end-game isn't clear, but in an atmosphere where Democrats are close to retaking the state Senate, where national Democrats believe they have the edge on ethics, he may face pressure from unanticipated corners. On the other hand, perhaps the strength of the Democratic Party in New York in general and in the country has some to give to it, and can absorb a scandal like this without too much damage.