The Democrat Mayoral Candidates: Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
The greatest gaffe in last night's 90-minute gaffe-a-thon called the first major televised debate of the 2005 mayoral campaign was that none of the four Democrats could come up with an overarching critique of Mike Bloomberg, much less a memorable vision of how different their own city might be. Three of the four, minus only Brooklyn congressman Anthony Weiner, said he was a better mayor than Rudy Giuliani, and Weiner and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller acknowledged that the city was better off than when Bloomberg took office.
At points, it was hard to tell if the Jazz at Lincoln Center event marked the formal launching of a Democratic alternative to Bloomberg or a rally for him. Weiner got the loudest applause from the audience when he demanded that Democratic labor leaders "hang their heads in shame" for endorsing the incumbent, but the rhetorical flourish soon became inexplicable when he conceded that the city was "better off" after four Bloomberg years. His labor attack on Bloomberg had more to do with the mayor liking Wal-Mart than any issue involving the hundreds of thousands of city workers.
The gaffelist for the night includes:
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