Do You Think Anthony Weiner Feels Bad About Not Running for Mayor?

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11/04/2009 11:41 AM |

Here at The L Magazine we welcome the opportunity to surrender all civic responsibility to the richest man in town for four more years.

After spending $90 of his own money, Bloomberg beat Bill Thompson by just 50,000 votes, in an election with historically low turnout. Essentially, many of the people who voted for him did so because they didn’t think there was anything better out there, and many of the people who didn’t vote at all didn’t vote because they didn’t think there was a point.

You’ll recall that Queens and Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner was widely tipped for a mayoral run earlier this year, before bowing out rather than lose a nationally covered race to Bloomberg’s vast electoral machine; its media operation had also used their muscle to put the fear of god into him, feeding unflattering stories to the Post).

Except that it’s fairly clear, this morning, that a high-profile Democrat, with good national connections, running a vigorous campaign, would have beaten Bloomberg (Weiner would have even siphoned off some of the white and Jewish vote). Hell, even if he had run and lost, we still would have gotten to feel like we had a choice, that whoever won the Democratic primary wasn’t just Not Bloomberg.

Anthony Weiner, sir, you are a coward, and should be mocked by the fellow members of your stupid hockey team.

4 Comment

  • I believe it’s $90 million that Bloomberg has spent. If it were only $90, I would run for mayor!

  • I was thinking the same thing [http://bit.ly/3nefh4] and am surprised to have not seen more stories in the press to that effect.

    I’d imagine he is kicking himself a bit, but considering how surprised most of the public and media were at how close the election was, he should let it go. He’s burnished his credentials as an articulate progressive in the House. He’s a young man. He’ll be back.

  • Someone asked Hendrik Hertzberg about it earlier this week. His reply was, basically, Bloomberg would have run a better campaign against a more formidable opponent:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/ask/…

    Which is plausible. The guy was a popular incumbent with more money than god, after all, which is a tough combination to beat.