Mayor Bloomberg's too rich for just ten, so from the home office on the Upper East Side, here is the list of the Mayor's top fourteen pet peeves:
14. People who don't love rich people.
13. Fat people and also people who like fat (and salt).
12. People from the "outer-boroughs," or as he calls them, the great unwashed masses.
11. Mark Green. Not that he's a threat; he's just annoying. Won't he ever go away?
10. Primaries wherein the majority of New Yorkers get a meaningful say in who represents them.
My thought on John Liu switching to a run for Comptroller because he thinks he has a better chance than for Public Advocate
He's a douchebag. And he's going to lose.
From the Home Office on Staten Island and with apologies to David Letterman, I am presenting the top 11 Reasons Mayor Michael Bloomberg Should have seen Chuck the Groundhog Coming on Monday, before he bit him. (I don't want a letter from Letterman's lawyers).
11. Everyone in New York knows you don't get between Chuck and a camera.
10. Two words: Caroline Kennedy.
9. Chuck was planning on council run this year, but won't due to term limit extension.
8. Any New Yorker who doesn't live near Park Avenue knows you don't stick your finger in front of a two-foot rodent.
Okay. First of all, it's 2000-fricken-8, my DVR should work even if a football game runs over.
Secondly, I'm not into sports, granted, but if your Sunday news show has the PRESIDENT ELECT on it, it should start on time. But in any case, I watched most of the excellent President-Elect Obama interview on my DVR until it cut off tonight and, um, WHAT WAS UP WITH THE EXTREME CLOSE UP???
Totally inappropriate. As Paul Begala said, politics is showbiz for ugly people. President-Elect Obama is actually quite good looking for a politician, but those close ups where beyond anything I have EVER seen in a political interview. So much for the liberal media.
In my last piece I wrote that the members of the City Council who now favor extending term limits have their seats because of term limits, which makes them hypocrites.
It has been pointed out to me that a few have them in their own right, or at least for reasons other than term limits, including Madam Speaker Quinn, who got her seat in a Special Election (as did Councilmembers Eugene and James and probably a couple of others).
So I will clarify: everyone in the Council has benefited from term limits, including the Speaker, who, um, woulnd't be be Speaker, if it weren't for term limits (and for that matter Una Clarke would probably have Mr. Eugene's seat if it weren't for term limits).
The New York Times reports today, surprise surprise, that most of the members of the City Council favor extending term limits.
Um, they do know they have their jobs because of terms limits, right? (A point the Times neglected to mention.)
We have a word for this people: HYPOCRISY.
This has been bugging me since yesterday. Over on Daily Gotham Michael Bouldin reported that Chris Owens had announced over Facebook that he was raising money to be a judicial delegate, hoping to raise $10,000, Bouldin then asked what a judicial delegate was. I responded that Mr. Owens didn't need 2¢ let alone $10k to run for this position.
Gatemouth, however, had a better comment (apologies for reproducing it in it's entirety)(emphasis added):
Alright, my favorite newspaper the New York Times reported regarding Hillary's campaign debt today. The story ignores the issue of Hillary needing new donors to really pay off her debt, as most of her main donors maxed out and now any donation to her debt retirement could cut into Democratic donations to Sen. Obama's campaign, the DNC, Moveon.org, etc.
But it does list (in handy graphic form!) the people her campaign owes the most money to; it's pathetic that these organizations continued to enable her after she had statistically little chance of winning and was already so far in debt:
As a former supporter of Sen. Clinton's, I have to say that the fact that she continued to campaign after running out of money, including the $11 Million Dollars she lent her campaign, to the tune of another $19 Million dollars disgusts me.
Like it or not, money makes politics go. If you can't raise enough money to keep going, or don't have a personal fortune to spend, then you should not be able to keep running.
She had the nerve to stay in this thing for months after it was statistically highly unlikely that she could win. How does she justify continue putting her campaign millions and millions of additional dollars in debt to keep running a campaign that all but her most die-hard supporters knew was essentially over?
At an event last night, my good friend Mark Schulte, who is a renowned HRCH (Hillary Rodham Clinton-Hater), and I were talking about whether Sen. Obama will pick her as his veep. During which he said:
Please help Mayor Michael Bloomberg get over the fact that Congestion Pricing was killed by the Assembly today.
Please help him remember that when he ran for Mayor in 2001 he was against congestion pricing and when he ran for reelection in 2005 he was against congestion pricing. So, really, anyone who disagrees with him now, agreed with him both times it was relevent: When they were deciding whether to vote for him.
I know Mayor Bloomberg is the Best Mayor since Mayor McCheese was in office in McDonaldLand, so he has the right to run for office on one position and then be the biggest bully in the world against people who have the audacity to agree with his position back when he was running, but disagree with him now.
Please bless and keep safe New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
If Mayor Bloomberg, the greatest Mayor of any City ever in the History of the World says that Christine Quinn is "the most honest person" he knows, then she must really be something special and should get through this and become our next mayor.
I mean, I know Mayor Bloomberg has sycophants lying to him all the the time, but Mayor Bloomberg knows a lot of people, like way more people than I do, and I know a quite a few. Coming from a billionaire mayor with a rolodex bigger than some countries, him calling her "the most honest" says a lot.
Please bless Silda Spitzer and the kids who are going through a horrible time right now.
The Politicker's top story right now is that disgraced Gov. Eliot Spitzer "hasn't decided" if he's going to resign. Although the press is clearly loving every minute of this story, this whole situation is just awful for regular New Yorkers. Please help Eliot Spitzer resign immediately.
Eliot Spitzer sold New Yorkers a bill of goods, that his crusading AG gig would translate into his being a great governor for New York and that everything would change on "day 1."
I'm a good person. I am nice to people. I help my friends and family with whatever they need that's in my power to do. I give my seat on the subway to senior citizens (some of whom are much younger than John McCain) and pregnant woman all the time. I give money to and volunteer for good causes. I never cuss. I am nice to animals and I religiously recycle. I call my brother on his birthday, after 1PM as he works at night. I buy rounds of drinks not expecting that a drink will be bought for me. I don't treat people who have been less fortunate in life than me like I'm better than they are, because I know I was just lucky and I'm no better than than for having this luck. I usually clean my plate and eat my veggies. I play music at home and on my iPod low enough that other people can't hear it. But, despite being a good person, I have bad thoughts about John McCain. Sometimes, very bad thoughts.