The first week of a new year is rough (click here for the apropos MIDI version of “Auld Lang Syne” to accompany this posting): Decorations come down, people feign that they’re happy to be back at work, and you keep writing the wrong date on checks. Making it worse, city politics lurches forward mercilessly, with the The Times broaching the subject of the 2009 race in today’s piece about Anthony Weiner and the council getting ready to place Christine Quinn at Gifford Miller’s still-warm speaker’s podium.
For those longing for the safe and familiar days of 2005, there’s comfort to be found on the web. Fifty-six days after the general election and almost four months since the Democratic primary, Virginia Fields is still asking people to “please join my campaign to make New York a better place for everyone,” and the latest entry in her newsroom is her August 23 Times profile, “Fields Brings Faith and Conciliation to Mayoral Bid.” Elsewhere in cyberspace, Weiner is still sitting on that stoop made famous by his TV commercials, flanked by a quote from the New York Sun describing him as “potentially the toughest Democrat to beat.” Miller’s family, frozen in cuteness, greets you with the slogan “A New Direction for New York,” while Fernando Ferrer invites visitors to “Join the team,” and a hyperlink beckons, “Mike’s Millions: How much do YOU think he’ll spend?”
Just a scroll down, of course, reality lurks. There’s a link to “Fernando Ferrer’s Election Night Remarks.” And Weiner and Miller feature their “thank you” speeches prominently. (Fields site contains no apparent indication that the race is over.)
But inside each site, you can still look through stuff like Miller’s endorsements or Weiner’s policy positions as if it were September 10, the future was wide open, and the BoSox still had a shot at the A.L. East.
Not so for the victor. Mike Bloomberg’s website, which during the campaign featured nifty polls on everything but politics and snapshots of smiling volunteers, has been reduced to a single page bearing and image of the beaming mayor and the words, “Four More Years! Thank You New York!”
And they say history is written by the winners?