Morning Read: ‘To Some Degree’

Today's New York Post jabs at Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner's scandals again. (Photo: Newseum)

Today’s New York Post jabs at Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner’s scandals again. (Photo: Newseum)

Headline of the Day: “City Sets Aside Voting Machine in Midtown for Single Voter Who Didn’t Show.”

The pressure is mounting for Bill Thompson to exit the mayor’s race and rally behind Bill de Blasio. “He should get out in the name of unity,” said Rev. Al Sharpton. “It’s time for working people and Democrats to unite behind our next mayor,” agreed Josh Gold, political director of the Hotel Trades Council.

Daily News columnist Dennis Hamill, who grew up on the same street that Mr. de Blasio now lives, returned there and talked to the candidate himself, whom he found carrying takeout bags home on 8 p.m–primary day. “Look, there are people on this block who have money,” Mr. de Blasio said. “But one of my favorite people is Al the electrician.”

Anthony Weiner gave a post-election interview to The New York Times. “It isn’t clear the citizens wanted to forgive me,” he admitted while negotiating a cab fair yesterday. “There’s no doubt that I made that harder to happen,” he confessed. “Maybe I’m kidding myself that it was ever going to happen.” He further said he doesn’t regret running but, “I regret the decisions that I made while running, to some degree.”

Elaine Lafferty, once offered a ghost-writing opportunity by Christine Quinnpenned a piece for The Observer looking her electoral loss, caused by being “cautious and unwilling to risk failure, and New Yorkers knew the touted ‘Irish temper’ was no substitute for real conviction. Mr. de Blasio, on the other hand, never choked. His politics and personal life showed that.”

While NY1 host Errol Louis penned an ode to New York City voters, who rejected an entire slate of bad candidates. Mr. Louis notes this is a city “where the defeat of incumbent council members is only slightly less rare than unicorn sightings at the Bronx Zoo.” Times columnist Gail Collins had her own take.

Morning Read: ‘To Some Degree’