Don’t look now, but the Mets are closing in on 2nd place in their division! Ok, that’s not great. But it’s certainly better than the 1962 Mets, who lost 120 games and are widely considered the worst team in baseball history.
Which led me to wonder: What’s the worst squad ever fielded in politics?
Democrats point to the pathetic 2012 Republican presidential field. Remember that laughable lineup? Michelle (“Pray Away the Gay”) Bachmann, Rick (“Oops!) Perry, Herman (“999″) Cain, The Donald, The Newt…Stop, say the Dems, you’re killing me!
But the laugh may now be on NYC Democrats, who are offering a field of mayoral candidates that has been embarrassingly lame.
There the candidates were at Tuesday’s televised debate. Ladies and gentleman, your starting lineup: Christine (The Bellower) Quinn, Bill (The Panderer) Thompson, John (No Matching Funds for You!) Liu, and batting cleanup, Anthony (The Flasher) Weiner. Ugh.
I thought Bill de Blasio might be acceptable, but lately he has taken to making grand, demagoguing gestures that would spell doom as a mayor. For example, his calling in the media to publicize his arrest to protest the possible closing of Long Island College Hospital (underutilized and bleeding money), instead of spelling out the complexities of the issue to voters. Governor Andrew Cuomo angrily suggested he partake in the difficult negotiations to save it instead of grandstanding. I agree.
There are plenty of capable, mentally sound Democrats nationwide, from mayors to governors to the occupant of the White House. How’d we get stuck with this bag of lemons?
I know five people who’d make a better mayor than any of the above. You probably do too. Why aren’t they running? First, money. Second, lack of connections. Third, money.
Mike Bloomberg took $102 million from his own piggy bank__that’s about $174 per vote__to win in 2009. Got that kind of cash lying around? If not, you could go the matching funds route. Candidates who collect a quarter of a million dollars in donations of $175 or less qualify for 6-to-1 matching funds in a mayor’s race. Exhausting, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Democratic voters again get to choose from a mediocre lot. Since David Dinkens lost his reelection bid to Rudy Giuliani in 1993, right through Bill Thompson’s loss to Bloomberg four years ago, the Democrats have selected a series of duds as their mayoral candidate. Fernando Ferrer, Mark Green, Ruth Messinger. Any of them ring a bell?
They didn’t when they ran, either.
We’re a city of the best and the brightest. Democrats outregister Republicans 6 to 1 in this town. Why does it continue to be so hard for Democrats to find a choice that inspires?
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