"The Democratic Machine in Queens is liberal in name, conservative in substance.
They pander to gays, minorities, seniors without the spirit of openness and certainly without a trace of the traditional 'good government' that was the providence of liberals.
Hence the gap between their outward pious and inward souls that has spawned the word 'to tweed' - placing it right up there with that other term that Crappy has on his front page describing urban clubhouse politics - 'honest graft.'
They are in politics to make money, to disenfranchise opposition, to marginalize dissenting opinion, to alienate the voting public, to pass offices off on their relatives and the well-connected, to develop communities to maximize the wealth and power of a small group of cohorts, while those that are supposed to benefit from open liberal government - the immigrants, seniors, youth and others - have to deal with broken and overwhelmed services, eroding workplace conditions and hollowed out unions, substandard overpriced housing - and a government increasingly out of touch and self serving and undemocratic - in short, all those things that traditional liberal-reforming-good government Democrats fought against.
In short, the Democratic Party in Queens is cut from the same cloth as the old Democratic Party from the days of the Jim Crow south." - anonymous commenter