rolling with rudy
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined the campaign trail today, making a final push for his former deputy mayor, Joe Lhota, and threatening doom and gloom if a Democrat is elected in November.
Standing in Mr. Lhota’s campaign headquarters near Grand Central station this morning, Mr. Giuliani praised Mr. Lhota as the only candidate qualified to be mayor, comparing the current Democratic field to former Public Advocate Mark Green, who would have taken over if anything had happened to him when he was mayor.
As the primary season comes to an end and the 2014 midterms start to stir, political operatives continue to make headlines for doing stupid shit. I wrote a hit story a couple weeks ago about the new breed of operatives whining and tattling and leaking. But it occurs to me that the reason for this bad behavior is that some political operatives are failing to remember one undisputed fact about campaigns: An operative must have a candidate’s best interest at heart at all times, even when the candidate acts like a lunatic.
Will there be fair and competitive elections next year in New York?
Governor Cuomo promised, in essence, that there would be. During his successful campaign in 2010, Mr. Cuomo said he would fight for the creation of an independent commission that would be given power to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts, a process that unfolds every 10 years. Traditionally, both houses of the Legislature handle this task, and critics have charged that the legislators draw maps that insulate incumbents from serious challenges. Congressional incumbents and state legislators rarely are turned out of office in New York, the result, critics say, of unfair district maps.
Not surprisingly, legislative leaders haven’t jumped at the opportunity to turn over their map-making power to an independent commission. The result is a stalemate between Mr. Cuomo, who is attempting to make good on his promise, and both parties in the Legislature. Republicans and Democrats may not agree on everything, but leaders of both parties are of one mind when it comes to protecting incumbents.
Set-up, confrontation, resolution. This is the classic story structure, and in New York politics, we got plenty of each. While other places may have their fair share of political intrigue, it seems like only in New York do politics read like a mix of Tolstoy, Becket, and Euripides. Perhaps there is a reason that there Read More
Politics is power. Succeed in politics, and you accrue more power–more power to push your agenda, more power to elect like-minded allies, more power to drown out the opposition. And politics in the Empire State has always been in one way or another about that epic battle, played out on a large stage with larger-than-life Read More
Members of Congress have returned to Washington today to take care of last minute business: tax cuts, DADT, possible votes on immigration or energy. For some, it will be their last time inside the marbled halls of The Capitol, as they were swept out of office by the change election that just drastically altered the Read More
Instead of buying a trending topic like The Washington Post did, The New York Times used Twitter’s well of election-related data to make an animation-based chart that tracks the number of tweets devoted to candidates in all Senate and Governor races over the past few weeks.
As the time line elapses from Read More
Happy election day, everyone! Chances are, if you’ve already exercised you civic duty to vote, you’ve taken to Twitter to air your participation in democracy to the masses. Currently, #Election is the number one trending topic in the world, and a glance at the live stream of its related tweets provides bursts of news Read More
A telephone poll was conducted last month in the early primary state of New Hampshire asking whether or not real estate mogul Donald Trump would be a viable candidate for the presidency.
Trump denied having any knowledge of the poll, and at first played coy on whether or not it was an indicator of Read More
Update: The White House has now officially announced that Larry Summers is leaving his position as Director of the National Economic Council and will be returning to Harvard at the end of the year. Here’s a part of President Obama’s statement:
I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril Read More