So another poll came out today from the Quinnipiac people telling us what we already know: that Elliot Spitzer is leading in the gubernatorial race. In the immortal words of one former Nets basketball-player, “whoop-dee-damn-doo”. To me this is where New York’s politics appear trite. Of course, it’s an artifact of the “silly season”.
The mantra used to be, “No Republican has won statewide office in New York State without Conservative Party backing since the late Senator Jacob Javits in 1974.”
In today’s New York Times there is this line, “…the state Conservative Party, without whose backing no Republican has been elected governor since 1974.”
Checking the record just half way back and the spin becomes obvious. Looking at statewide offices from 1984 to the present the Republican candidate who also ran on the Conservative line lost 18 races and won only nine, including Reagan for President in 1984. Also, one Republican ran with out the Conservative line and lost.
The last time I wrote about the World Trade Center was on 9/11; I’ve since moved downtown near Ground Zero. I still linger over photographs of the construction of the World Trade Center or the completed complex. It is hard to believe the towers are gone. Looking at photographs and footage of the terrorist attack is difficult and always involves an emotional response, much like for other New Yorkers.
It is shocking to pass Ground Zero and see how little has been done over the last five years. The day of the attack was full of grief and heroism. The cleanup of the site was swift—police, fire and other government workers together with the city’s construction workers and developers pulled out all the stops to get things back to normal—though we now know that environmental concerns were unwisely neglected or worse. And there were clearly organization and communication problems, which still leave an opportunity for improvement.
Did a little sniffing around ... and uncovered what each of your New York Congressional delegates' homes are worth - as well as the the median value of homes in their districts. Let's just say that some members live a bit phatter than their constituents (hence, the Phat Index, the difference between the two).
Also, for a kick in the ol' transparency ass, I put an asterisks next to each member of Congress who made me work extra hard for their home address. Not that I mind working, but these folks now list themselves at a post office box rather than their home address on FEC filings - thing is, when they first started in Congress that wasn't the case (with the exception of Rep. McHugh who apparently has always been living out of a PO Box). Not nice!
In the latest Harris poll Bush’s job approval drops to 29% positive, though it is fully at 67% positive among Republicans, it is only 19% among independents and 10% among Democrats and there is no gender gap. Only 24% feel the country is going in the right direction. Will this mean the Republicans will lose control of Congress?
Approval of the job Congress is doing is a paltry 18% positive with Republican respondents having a 3-point worse opinion of the job Congress is doing than the Democrats. When ask how Republican and Democratic members were doing in Congress those polled gave Republicans in Congress 20% positive and Democrats in Congress 23% positive.
One of the most annoying phenomena plaguing New York City political blogs is the mini-cult which has developed around the blogger who calls himself Gatemouth. I am certainly not alone in holding this opinion. Indeed, in the past few weeks, several anonymous bloggers have made childish attempts to expose persons who they consider to be Gatemouth. This is missing the point entirely; what is needed is not exposure of Gatemouth’s identity, but rather his agenda.
Unlike many of Gatemouth’s detractors, I often find Gatemouth good reading, despite his windy renditions of political history and his obsession with cultural trivia. But though he might be good reading, he gives off bad karma.
Am I only person to wonder why not? State and local governments reap a revenue windfall when housing prices go up, when Wall Street booms and when people shop more. Why shouldn't they get more $ from people keep driving?
Last week, I posted a comment that lazy reporting in the NY Times resulted in them echoing GOP Senate candidate John Spencer's line that he never denied his affair with a secretary who he promoted to Chief of Staff.
Today (Thursday), the Times comes back to the story and this time comes close to the truth -
After refusing to discuss the relationship for years, Mr. Spencer acknowledged it publicly in 2002.
A letter to the editor in Wednesday’s New York Times reminded me why I hate Ralph Nader and his Green Party supporters.
The letter from Theresa Amato, Nader’s Campaign Manager responding to Thomas Friedman’s assertion that Nader cost Al Gore the election in 2000, reads in part:
“The writer blames Ralph Nader for George W. Bush, despite the millions of Democrats who voted for Mr. Bush in 2000; Al Gore's loss of his home state; and the Florida legal battles”
My problem with Nader and the Greens is that they won’t take responsibility for their actions.
Let a green guy go away for vacation and I come back to the Suozzi follies on Room 8. Honestly, I can't leave for a few days without the BS. Let me get this straight.
You are a reformer. You are the guy who's transformed Nassau. Life is all peaches and you run for governor after getting elected months before. And then, reality hits.
You call for tolls on the LIE, you call for the heads of Bruno and Silver, you go to some fort to challenge Spitzer to a debate, and then you go to the circus?
What am I missing here? Is the hate for Eliot Spitzer so deep that people will post anything to try a support a loser? This is a major disappointment, an embarassment.
There are few people who would deny that Elliot Spitzer has done a decent job as Attorney General of New York State. I would think only a handful maybe, and probably Republicans mostly. Some of his detractors say he is a bit aggressive and “macho”, others say he is a bully. Others yet claim that he is an “alpha–male” all the way, possessing too much testosterone. Point being, there is no real attack on his competency and/or capability. In most regards, this is good for Spitzer.
The only area where Spitzer seems vulnerable is the one where his relationship with Albany legislators can be gauged. The least you can say is that he has been quite accommodating. Can anyone find the public attacks on Albany (from Spitzer) in the past decade? And for sure, most elected officials are lining up in droves to endorse him. Not surprisingly, his endorsement list will be an Albany “who is who” list.
Last Thursday night, at the endorsement meeting of Brooklyn's Independent Neighborhood Democratic Political Club ( IND), Charles Barron almost did the unthinkable: he came within a handful of votes from winning the club's endorsement for the 10th Congressional race. Observers ( both black and white) claimed that he blew away the group with his presentation. He did so well that it took 3 ballots for the club to end up with a " no endorsement". Don't forget that the chairperson of this club is a Towne's staffer.
Most people there were surprised that Barron could connect so well with a white audience, and this was dismaying to many of his detractors. If this is an indication of how tough this campaign could get for the incumbent, then it's imperative that all of you in "out-here-land", keep your seat belts on.
“We must demand that the Speaker of the New York State Assembly and the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate be replaced, because they have failed to fight for the reforms that we seek. The current leadership in Albany has had ample opportunity to heed the message of reform and address the problems New Yorkers face, but they have spent far more energy making backroom deals to protect their own majorities. ..New York belongs to the nearly twenty million people who call our State home, not to three men in a room in Albany. With Governor Pataki on his way out, it is time to show Majority Leader Bruno and Speaker Silver the door, as well.” ---- Tom Suozzi, speaking at a conference on government reform.
Here's a headline designed to cause cognitive dissonance among the entire membership of "Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn" and most of their allies. I can't wait to watch Chuck Barron's Head explode when he tries to process this:
"California Town Uses Eminent Domain to Block Wal-Mart"- New York Sun, May 9, 2006.
Bertha Lewis was probably pleased. Marty Markowitz probably had mixed feelings.
Bertha, what will you do when Bruce Ratner tries to open a Wal-Mart?