Machine Politics

Over at Daily Gotham, a blogger argues that David Yassky can’t win in Brooklyn. How do you reach this conclusion? By vastly overstating the effectiveness (existence?) of the “Brooklyn black political machine.”

He writes: “…there are currently two races, one open, one very much behind the scenes. The first is the primary, the second is the race to see who is the most promising African-American contender. Should Yassky win the primary, which is possible, if unlikely in my view, he will face the winner of the second race.

“The simple fact is that the Brooklyn black political machine is not going to tolerate losing this election, for a seat held by civil-rights pioneers, to a white man, no matter what his credentials are.”

Um. Is it still a machine if its entire membership is three poeple? And each hates the other two?