Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What politicians, ugly buildings and whores have in common

From the NY Times' Clyde Haberman:

In one regard, Mr. Bloomberg is like Noah Cross, the villain in “Chinatown,” who was prepared to do anything to get his way. Not that the mayor would kill, as Cross did. But he is ready to bury his opposition in dollars — by spending as much as $100 million in the 2009 election, his lieutenants say.

Mr. Bloomberg knows that his reputation has taken hard blows in the fight over term limits. But he is apparently betting that the passage of time will restore whatever he may have lost in respectability.

Noah Cross would have counseled him to hang in there. “Politicians, ugly buildings and whores,” he said, “all get respectable if they last long enough.”

9 comments:

Lino-Democrat said...

" But he is ready to bury his opposition in dollars — by spending as much as $100 million in the 2009 election, his lieutenants say."

"But" -you don't have to -vote- for him. As a Democrat I have voted for the loser in the last two Mayoral elections, this will probably make a third.

Our party bears some blame for this situation, look at it's current roster of likely candidates:

Anthony Weiner -not a bad person but also unlikely to 'inspire" New Yorkers.

Comptroller Bill Thompson -capable but likely to be perceived as "Dinkins II".

Christine Quinn -damaged goods due to the slush fund scandal and unfortunately, some may find her personal life at-odds with their beliefs.

Of the three, Quinn would be my choice, however against _this_ selection, Bloombag will probably carry the day.

Anonymous said...

Ah...
the well crafted "Chinatown".

One of my favorite films!

"Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown"
(where the fix is always in)!

One from column "A"
and two from column "B".

That's how the average voting family chooses from the limited clubhouse menu of the crooked and corrupt!

Now aren't we all a
"happy family" in NYC?

Anonymous said...

Good point! Keep the pot stirring crappy!

Bring this topic back again and again.

Note how its already gone from the news (but the non-story of Isiah Thomas and sleeping pills is still around)

Bastards.

Anonymous said...

The proposed lawsuits overturing the recent city council vote to overturn term limits haven't gone away!

Let's hope they bear fruit!

Anonymous said...

Our only hope is if another billionaire steps forward. He or she would not need to raise funds and could counter the gifts the Mayor will give to ALL the parties. I wonder which one will court him to run: the Dems, Repubs or Indep, maybe all three?

Anonymous said...

Great quote.

Anonymous said...

Our only hope is if another billionaire steps forward. He or she would not need to raise funds and could counter the gifts the Mayor will give to ALL the parties. I wonder which one will court him to run: the Dems, Repubs or Indep, maybe all three?

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What the hell is this? The Roman Empire?

Anonymous said...

Hail Caesar!

Anonymous said...

That's really Toby Stavisky
(wearing a mask)
who's soliciting Bum-berg.

She's hot for his...uh...money!

(Post that shot of son Evan cruising "vaseline alley" in JH please).