Mike in the Lion’s Den

To close watchers of the Upper West Side’s intricate politics, the fact that Mike Bloomberg got an election-year invitation to speak to the deeply, traditionally liberal Park River Democratic Club — Rep. Ted Weiss’s old club — says at least as much about the mayor’s strength among white Manhattan Democrats as do the mayor’s approval ratings — 60% among white voters and 59% among Manhattanites — in today’s Quinnipiac poll. (The poll doesn’t break those numbers down further, but we imagine his approval rating is even higher among white Manhattanites, many of whom voted for Mark Green in 2001.)

Of course, the January 27 forum is titled “Into The Lion’s Den.”