We were all wondering what the New York Times would do. Wonder no more.
Hevesi has reached that "Nixon moment," that time when even your friends tell you to pack it in. Wow!:
In case you missed it, we thought it worth noting that prolific Room Eight contributor, Jerry Skurnik, makes an appearance in today's New York Observer Wise Guys column.
The Observer folk were apparently quite taken by Jerry's earlier analysis on the extent campaigns go to crack The New York Times endorsement code - a piece that appeared on Room Eight this past weekend.
Jerry elaborates further on this point today...
There is a general belief among people active in politics that a candidate who challenges his or her opponent’s petitions forfeits any chance of receiving the New York Times endorsement or at the very least guarantees criticism by The Times of such “undemocratic” tactics.
Many, including me, think that fear is what prevented the Ferrer campaign from challenging the petitions of Christopher Brodeur & Art Piccolo for Mayor even though leaving them on the ballot increased the likelihood of a Primary Run-off.
I don’t agree with this view. I think that the Times Editorial Board considers a number of factors in deciding whom to endorse and whether a candidate takes advantage of the election law is a relatively minor one.
In the spring, it is said that a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. In New York City politics, however, the change of seasons is more likely to bring upon thoughts of endorsements by political clubs. In reality, the young man’s fancy is less likely to be focused upon hearts and flowers, and more likely to be concentrated upon the ways and means of getting laid. In reality, the political club’s focus is less likely to be implemented by means of elevated debates about the great issues of public policy and political philosophy, and more likely to be focused upon the necessity of packing club memberships to ensure the desired results. In both scenarios, the likelihood is that someone is going to get screwed.