The Gateway (Duke-ing it Out in the 8th Edition)
David Duke chooses sides in the 8th CD.This is indeed a stern rebuke for those who think that Charles Barron is incapable of reaching across the aisle and making common cause with conservative Republicans on the issues which most concern him.
In all seriousness, Duke is one of the few people I'd support Barron slapping for his mental health (and mine), not that it would help (in either case). Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Charles Barron [Video] politicker.com
More Dukey Schtick:
Jeffrey Goldberg on Barron & Duke: "...hatred of Israel, and a belief that the Jews control American foreign policy, among other things, unites the mentally ill of all colors and creeds. I'm just glad we could help people find common ground." Jews Have a Way of Bringing People Together www.theatlantic.com
Not to be out done by Barron's Duke endorsement, Jeffries counters with another southern veteran of civil rights battles who later served as a legislator.
Yes, if Hakeem loses the primary, a WFP run by him in the general is Hakeem is possible, but with the number of conservative white areas recently added to the district, such a run would be far more plausible if the GOP found a way to get rid of their candidate and nominate Hakeem or leave the line blank.
And I don't see that happening.
I think the GOP will instead double down and make the effort. In the aftermath of Turner and Storobin, their parochial southern Brooklyn candidate probably thinks he’s going to win.
And, while a split vote is unlikely to elect a Republican, a strong GOP run could elect Barron, which they might even prefer to their own victory. If Barron Wins On Tuesday, Could Hakeem Win In November? | City & State www.cityandstateny.com
They don’t like each other (Part 3,461):
Even I am starting to tire of these stories Vito hates Nydia stories.
More seriously, back in the 90s Dilan's father Martin made the rounds of the clubs, actually going to endorsement meetings.
They don't like each other (part 3,462):
Think of it-—she is recently divorced, offers him the unique opportunity to spend the night in Brooklyn, and might even be his type; he offers a somewhat more warm personality and cheerful disposition than her ex-husband.
Most interesting points in this article: Nydia seems to have gone Yuppie, while Erik Dilan isn't even a college graduate (not really a big surprise when you hear him speak—especially love the deer in the headlights look he gets when he’s forced to divert from his pre-chewed talking points).
One is a brilliant policy wonk most people assume has three advance degrees who dropped out of Harvard because he thought it was a waste of his time to finish.
Colin Campbell: "Robert Mittman's advisor predicts Grace Meng will win when discussing races across the city. He mentions his conflict of interest in a state senate race but not NY-6 or NY-7.
G-d, I'm gonna miss Gary Ackerman. To lose him and Barney Frank in the same year isn't only a political tragedy; it is a tragedy for comedy itself.
BBW: Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?
ACKERMAN: Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game. A Congressional Exit Interview www.businessweek.com
As a former legislative aide, I find nothing more annoying that a legislator from out of your district calling to pressure you into dropping your opposition to a liquor license.
The next day I got a head's up from Cathy Peake at Joe Lentol's office saying Tom should have done our homework and laid off on that one, which was perfectly fine, as it was Joe’s turf, and therefore her place tell me this.
The climax came when some young, self important hotshot from the office of a member of Congress whose turf was nowhere near our district tried to get the Minority Leader on the line personally, and the call was routed to me.
I told the young gentleman that frankly, the position we took on liquor licenses in our district was none of his damned business.
I would love to see Tony the Hotdog get his own show on MSNBC, but the idea that a guy who so bungled a scandal over something so small, revealing himself as a haughty, self righteous, self-serving pathetic liar, is ready to run a race to govern the greatest City in the country, let alone govern it, is just laughable.
Michael Schenkler: I think Weiner might be able to cut the mustard and handle the grilling if he makes a comeback. Yes, he was a hot dog, but he was on some roll. Anthony Weiner Leaves Behind a Big Hole in NYC Politics www.thedailybeast.com
Remembering that old Weiner story brought back a few memories of the old days.
Once, I was approached for help by a somewhat important Hasid named Abe Rubin.
Abe’s brother Sol’s pharmacy at Lee and Division was having problems getting certified by the State for Medicaid.
In a neighborhood where everyone not named Schwimmer (a family which owned a helicopter company) was eligible for Medicaid, this meant Sol was about to go out of business.
They’d failed an inspection for things like having food in a refrigerator which was supposed to be reserved for medicines.
Further, their application for an appeal was clueless and arrogant in the stereotypical Satmar manner.(“OK, from now on the pharmacist will just have to drink his juice warm”).
I re-wrote the application, emphasizing the importance of having culturally sensitive businesses serving the needs of that particular community.
I sent, letters, I made calls.
Marty Connor’s office saved Abe Rubin’s brother’s business.
In 2008, on primary day, I found Abe Rubin inside a polling place accosting people n Yiddish and urging them to vote for Dan Squadron against Connor.
I reminded him of Marty Connor’s efforts on his behalf and the meaning of Hakoras Ha-Tov.
He replied, “But vus has he done for me lately.”
I called the cop over and had him thrown out of the polling place.
I wonder what Abe Rubin’s been up to lately.
An operative explain his departure from the staff of the Republican Committee:
“There’s only one secular Jew in New York City who votes in factor of yeshivas and against immorality: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz”
Translation: “Please massah, forgive me my shiksa wife and I’ll always be your little Secular Jewish Shabbos Goy.”
To paraphrase Charles Barron, this is Uncle Tom buck dancing worthy of Stepin Fetchit.
Or maybe I should say Uncle Tomashefsky buck hora-ing worthy of Schleppin Kvetchit. Democratic Assemblyman’s Ad: ‘Only Secular Jew Who Votes Against Immorality’ politicker.com
Sully gets at a very simple truth.
The Republicans have become unhinged.
The problem is that it may not be just the Republicans. The country may have become unhinged as well. One Party Is Unhinged andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com
Chait has a lot of fun with Tom Friedman's cluelessness. Tom Friedman Taking Baby Steps nymag.com
If we take Romney's comments on Israel literally, he sounds a lot like Charles Barron.
For those who thought only Jews could be self-hating. Gay Conservative Group Endorses Romney www.advocate.com
When it came to film theory, Andrew Sarris was truly the auteur The lovely bits here about the feuds with the great Pauline Kael and the repugnant John Simon remind us of a time long ago when film still mattered, so much so that even film criticism mattered. Andrew Sarris, Film Critic, Dies at 83 www.nytimes.com
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