Saturday, October 23, 2010

New York State of Mind

Okay, let's just get this out of the way now... THE RANGERS HAVE WON THE PENNANT! THE TEXAS RANGERS HAVE WON THE PENNANT!!!! And it's doubly sweet because they beat the Yankees doin' it and triply sweet because the last out of the game was on A-Rod (Alex"$125million Baby" Rodriguez), former Texas Ranger!! And to think the Rangers were fighting for their life in the bankruptcy courts this summer. The new owners including Nolan Ryan just finalized the paperwork in August. The ink's not even dry yet, and THE TEXAS RANGERS ARE PLAYING IN THE WORLD SERIES!!

Okay now that I've gotten that out of my system...

State - Okay, so we had our one and only debate with all of our Gubernatorial candidates which was described alternately as "a circus" and a long lost episode of "the Gong Show". The seven participants not in any particular order:

Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General and scion of the Cuomo/Kennedy Democrat Dynasty;

Carl Paladino, the colorful Buffalo Republican and self-annointed Tea Party candidate. He has made many inflammatory (but honest)statements and even sent out garbage-scented fliers to play up the "stink in Albany";

Jimmy McMillan, from "The Rent is Too Damn High" Party. On Gay marriage - 'If you want to marry a shoe, I'll marry you'. Oddly, he was the candidate who has been picked on the most by the press because his monthly rent (a paltry $800) is well below the norm for the NYC area...;

Howie Hawkins, of the Green Party who inexplicable sported a Southern accent even though he was born in California and grew up in Vermont;

Charles Barron, the Freedom Party candidate, former Black Panther, and current New York City Councilman from Brooklyn. The less said about him, the better;

Warren Redlich, the low-key Libertarian candidate who described himself in his opening remarks - "I'm not your typical New York politician. I've never been caught with a prostitute. My dad wasn't governor and I've never been convicted of a crime.";

AND, last but certainly not least, and also voted the most at ease -

Kristin Davis, the Anti-Prohibition Party candidate and former Manhattan Madam to Client #9 Eliot Spitzer. Her best comments - "...the career politicians in Albany are the biggest whores in this state. I might be the only person sitting on this podium qualified to deal with them." and "The key difference between me and the MTA is I operated one set of books and I offered on-time and reliable service."

A wonderful cast of characters right out of Broadway slapstick comedy, but, well, let's just cut to the chase. John Podhoretz of the NY Post summed it up pretty well in his post-debate analysis - "The..person who seemed in his element, Andrew Cuomo,...will be the next governor of this state unless a comet strikes the Earth and renders us all extinct before Nov. 2."

[UPDATE] A new Rasmussen poll published today has the Cuomo/Paladino race tightening up slightly - 51%-37%.

Other races of note -Unfortunately the Republican Party is not doing any better in other state-wide races either. They are all good candidates, but they just are not well funded or exposed:

House -
Charles Rangel (D/NY15) against Michel Faulkner (R) , a Harlem-based minister and former New York Jets player among a long list of accomplishments and degrees - there has been absolutely no reporting on this race, no polls, no articles, no nothing. The last poll I saw from August had Rangel leading in the 65-70% category.

[UPDATE] Rangel has apparently stopped campaigning and is now holding a fundraiser on Monday to solicit donations for the defense fund for his upcoming ethics trial. Wouldn't it be cheaper for people to just vote him out?

Senate -
Charles "Chuck" Schumer against Jay Townsend (R) - Schumer has all but disappeared from the state. He has made himself actively unavailable for townhall meetings or debates with his opponent, so he does not have to stand on his record or have to defend President Obama. Since, Rasmussen has him leading 59% to 31%, I guess the strategy is working. So unless that Podhoretz comet hits, Schumer is in. And furthermore, if Harry Reid loses in Nevada and the Democrats retain the majority in the Senate, it is rumored that Schumer will be first in line to take over as Senate Majority Leader.

Kirsten Gillibrand (D/NY) against Joe DioGuardi (R) - This race is a little tighter, but not by much. Rasmussen has her leading by 54% to 33%. And since the only issue that has been reported on in the last week is Sen. Gillibrand's weight loss and "hotness", I doubt DioGuardi has much of a chance either. Comet anyone?

My predictions for the November 2, 2010 Elections, but I leave you with this video in anticipation of the coming Tuesday, November 2, 2010 election. If you need any more proof as to why you need to vote on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, please watch this, hopefully before Tuesday, November 2, 2010:

Did they shoot this in a Capital Mall video booth?


StanH said...

Yeah Bev, I was talking to Patti, she’s on cloud 9 as well, the Texas Rangers in the WS. You do however realize, the Lawhawk may see his Giants get in, then we’ll have a Commentarama standoff. What’s a reader to do?

NY politics are a basket case, I hope for some surprises on 11/2?

BevfromNYC said...

StanH: It is expecially sweet being in NYC and getting rub it in to Yankee fans!

Yes, our political landscape in NY makes California look downright sane. And there is no hope in sight of it changing in November either. Of course if many of them are convicted of the crimes against New York (as many have been indicted) that may change things. Or at least they may need to move the legislature from Albany to Sing Sing.

AndrewPrice said...

I've actually given up on New York ever doing anything rational in politics ever again. The state has become a RICO organization and the feds should probably just round up everyone who's ever held office in NY.

Maybe a comet can change the dynamic? Would it help if the rest of us sent you all the magnets we can spare?

Congrats on your Texans.

BevfromNYC said...

Andrew: It is possible that many of our current office holders are going to be implicated in a massive fraud and alleged manipulation of a state racetrack contract. I am not quite sure what it's all about, but the list of politicians who might be involved could be long. I am still trying to figure out what it's all about.

Oh, and please feel free to send thought waves (or money orders) to NY to coax that comet...If we all concentrate really hard, maybe, just maybe, something will change.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, I've heard the beginning of that one, but I haven't paid much attention because I assumed it was just par for the course. It would be nice to see them all arrests in a mass arrest! That would be a great way to clean up government.

Unknown said...

Bev: You win, without even breaking a sweat. Even San Francisco can't come up with a slate that bizarre.

Two thoughts. The "rent is too damned high" candidate doesn't pay any rent at all since he gets "in lieu" for being the handyman around the building.

And there's no such thing as an "ex" Black Panther. They just change the color of their coats, but they remain bloodthirsty predators.

BevfromNYC said...

You know, LawHawk, it's not really the kind of contest I really wanted to best you in! LOL But, sadly you are right.

And as he explained, Mr. "The Rent Is Too Damned High" Candidate didn't mean HIS rent. It's other people's rent. I am not making that up...

BevfromNYC said...

Okay LawHawk! Its' Game on for the World Series!

Texas Rangers v SF Giants

Unknown said...


BevfromNYC said...

The Giants are big boo-boo heads!!!

chas7007 said...

LOL...I needed that tonight, that was good "Capital Mall Video Booth". I recently worked for a successful businessman from N.Y. who bragged in a meeting about voting for Obama, and many of the wretched politicians you listed. I was sitting there in the meeting, you are about to lose bad...He lost all 34 of his multi-family properties, hotels, mortgage company in trouble, newly aquired bank in the toilet, you name it. Now he's in bankruptcy. What amazes me is they don't seem to have the capacity to see reality, even in shambles. It's as if they smoked a Hollyweird joint. Well, Lady Gaga should lead them out the mess huh...
Thanks for the article, and Rent is TOO DAMN GOOD here in Texas. Hopefully they will start reading this good blog and wake up.

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