Anthony Weiner

NY-09 Goes Republican For the First Time Since 1922

At Red State via The Looking Spoon:

....I’ve long said these special elections in New York really are not meaningful at a national level. They’ve served to highlight the incompetence of the New York GOP more than the failures of the national GOP. But in this race, you had a highly competent Democratic Party and union organizers on the ground turning out the vote and they lost. And the most consistent reason through multiple polling is a very simple reason — even Democrats now hate Barack Obama’s job performance...

The snarky but accurate comment above re: the New York GOP notwithstanding, I do like this:

And via the Lonely Conservative, Michael Barone says that Bob Turner's victory is a "stunning repudiation of Chuck Schumer."

I got rhythm,

I got music,

I got Turner

Who could ask for anything more?


The Weiner legacy: puns gone wild

Chrissy the Hyphenated has a great collection of past NY Post headlines.  The Post was always tops at this sort of thing when I was growing up—when it was the left-wing rag and the Daily News was the right-wing paper.

Now as the conservative, ahem, organ in NYC, the Post has this story (via Pundit & Pundette):

Weiner horning in on successor race


His ego has no bounds.

In a dazzling display of arrogance, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is trying to insert himself back into politics -- calling power brokers and would-be candidates for his old seat, hoping they'll let him play a role in choosing his own successor, The Post has learned.
Weiner, who became a national dirty joke after he was caught sexting young women, now wants to be a kingmaker...

[....] He was a leading candidate for the 2013 race to replace Mayor Bloomberg until his political downfall earlier this month, though his fund-raising account still is bulging...

Read the whole thing.

It's the redistricting, stupid

I always did like calculus...from "Nate Silver's Political Calculus" column at the NYT:

In the chart below, I’ve detailed the population shifts in different regions of New York State, as well as the attendant changes in the number of congressional districts that they require. Although New York City grew at the same rate, 2.1 percent, as the rest of the state between 2000 and 2010, the number of congressional districts it can support has declined from 12.2 to 11.4 because of the overall reduction in the state’s allotment. The slowest growth in New York City has been in Brooklyn and Queens...

Now I get it. I may be stupid, but I'm slow: 

It is looking more likely that Rep. Anthony Weiner, embroiled in a sexting scandal, could lose his 9th Congressional District as part of a redistricting deal, multiple New York Democratic sources told CNN on Wednesday.

New York will lose two seats when the U.S. House gets reconfigured to reflect population shifts recorded in the 2010 U.S. census. The state's redistricting will be decided by the New York State Assembly in Albany, the capital, with the expected result being an overhaul that would cut a Republican seat upstate and a Democratic seat downstate.

Weiner's district is in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City...

[....] Two of the sources, both Democratic strategists in New York, said that scenario helps explain why New York Democrats haven't rushed to call for Weiner to resign. Many prefer for Weiner to stay, making it more likely his district will get cut and not theirs, according to the two sources.

What, no honor amongst thieves? I'm shocked, shocked...

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