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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NYC Mayoral Primary Today

Today is the day of the NYC Mayoral Primary Election. Much of the dynamics are similar to those of the last election, which came on the heels of 9/11, after being rescheduled from the day of 9/11 itself when disaster struck. This year's election, too, is coming so soon after a tragedy of devastating proportions. Hurricane Katrina will probably keep most NYC voters from focusing on the election issues at hand. That, coupled with the incredibly lackluster field of Democratic candidates, makes it hard for anyone to get riled up over this election. I can't imagine turnout will be very high.

I'm not one for giving endorsements like my good buddy DovBear, but I will say that the incumbent mayor, Mike Bloomberg, is running with very respectable approval ratings. I can't imagine that today's primary is going to produce NYC's next mayor.

So it's a good thing that Mayor Mike's really a liberal in elephant's clothing. It's brilliant, really.
Everyone thinks he's getting what he wants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

orthomom, pls don't take this the wrong way, but I would read your blog more frequently if it were dark text on a light background. I just can't stick with it; it's too hard on the eyes.

2:19 AM  
Blogger Rebeljew said...

Who was the genius in the Dem party who put Ruth Messenger up against Guiliani in his second term? And who will they put up against Bloomberg, Elliot Spitzer? Or perhaps, since they have no chance, they will go with Sharpton, finally, or Ferrer, or Ferrakhan, or Charles Barron. Or Anthony Weiner? Mayor Weiner? Either way you pronounce it, Jews in NY will never live it down. (He must have spent a lot time fighting in school.)

And of all of the current Dems, is there one who can survive a campaign based on 9/11 and crime? Perhaps they can resurrect David Dinkins.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bloomberg was always a dem, and still is, he just changed parties to get the job,.
there is a real repoublican challenger

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans in New York are not really Republicans -- at least not like Republicans in the rest of the country. Here, they're just the other party.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Rebeljew said...

That is only partially true. NY Republicans are liberal on social issues over which they have no influence, but which have potential emotional reaction with voters. However, on the REAL issues that a mayor has influence over, Guiliani and Bloomberg are as Republican as Zell Miller (well, you know what I mean).

The REAL issues are security and crime, jobs, unions and business retention, management of social programs, emergency first response (are listening Mr. Nagin?), and to a lesser extent education, though security in schools in NYC is more important than education in schools. The UNREAL issues are abortion, baseball team affiliation, homosexual agenda, death penalty, welfare, federal pork, and Israel Arab related matters.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Someone had a great line recently... Bloomberg wouldn't pass for a Republican anywhere west of 9th Avenue.
By the same token, RebelJew is correct: They're right on economic issues, which this lousy socialist state needs. They're left on social issues, but they're not going to change anything socially in NY anyway.

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