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  •  Is Christine Quinn the clear frontrunner (1+ / 0-)
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    in the election for mayor, or is she the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for mayor? Those are two entirely different things. And, while it appears that she is back on top in the polls, the lingering question in my mind is how voters in the city are reacting to the sideshow that has become the mayor's race (and the controller's race for that matter), featuring two disgraced former elected officials seeking comeback bids.

    The larger question to me is, exactly what is the state of the race in terms of the November election?

    What keeps occurring to me is that the Democrats in New York City, despite and overwhelming registration advantage, have been unable to elect a mayor since 1989.

    And now, with their best shot  in the first open race (with no incumbent) in more than 20 years, Democrats end up with...this sideshow.

    The question to me is, with all of the various different things going on whether Republicans are just licking their chops at everything going on in the hopes that their nominee will end up in good shape.

    Democrats seem very fragmented. They have someone from the LBGT community, an African-American, a Jewish American and an Italian-American. All of those are important constituency groups, but they are all very narrow constituency groups. Whichever Democrat ends up winning the nomination, it seems to me, they could face an extraordinarily difficult time uniting the other key constituent groups in their party.

    Meanwhile, whomever the Republican Party nominee is, assuming that Republicans actually select a credible candidate...they may instantly become competitive by virtue of the clown show that is the Democratic primary.

    How is it that, after more than 20 years in the wilderness, as far as the mayorship, the Democratic Party in New York City, with an overwhelming registration advantage, seems to find itself in a troubling postion for the general election, yet again?

    •  There is no sane GOP candidte, the DEM primary (1+ / 0-)
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      winner WILL win.

      I voted for Bloomberg, only reublican of my life, but not this time....they are both clowns

      •  isn't that what's been said before? (0+ / 0-)

        Bloomberg was not supposed to have had much of a chance in his first race, either, according to most pundits. The Democratic nominee was considered a virtual shoo-in.

        Nor was Guliani given much of a chance at this stage in his first race, either.

    •  who is the Italian American you are (1+ / 0-)
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      Referring to?  Sal Albanese?  DeBlasio changed his name from Warren Wilhelm.  Of course that didn't hurt his chances of getting himself elected to the district 15 school board located in the heart of old school Italian Carroll Gardens when PS 58 was known as Our Lady of Smith Street.

    •  It's all the lower level rot (1+ / 0-)
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      in/of both Parties being exposed.  Which exists because there's a spoils and patronage system.  

      The reasoning is that Democrats of widely varying quality (and meaning of the label Democrat) largely run the show on all the levels below mayor.  Mayor is the one office where collective public mood and perception can apply some managerial corrective to the crap going on further down the political pyramid.

      Same game here in Massachusetts with our governor office.  Republicans ran for it by running against the most salient crappy Democrat and his buddies in the state.  The Republican run as governors ended with the demise of salient corrupt Democrats in significant offices.  Which was coincident with the decline of hardcore ethnic politics and ethnic 'machines'.

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