Let’s look at the winners and losers of this week in the reality show that is New York City Mayoral Election 2013!
• Christine Quinn: Man. Christine Quinn started out the week with a bang. The New York magazine cover story was great, it really cast her in a terrific light, and it made Mike Bloomberg look kinda like a pig. She went saucy on Giuliani, which was fun, though she trashed Jodi Foster at the same time, which was weird. AND THEN. She threw it all away by being a complete terrible despicable idiot, by signing on to the campaign to suppress academic freedom. She and a small gang asked Brooklyn College president Karen Gould to officially distance herself from two speakers on a panel, Omar Barghouti, of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and U.C. Berkeley’s Judith Butler, because of their support for Palestine. JUDITH. BUTLER. This was such a dumb, dumb, stupid amateur move, as well as being incredibly offensive. THEN she tried to backpedal. Really gross, really spineless, really sad. Verdict: Was a winner… quickly became a LOSER.
• Mike Bloomberg: Mayor Mike had the quote of the week, on the subject of the Brooklyn College contretemps: “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.” THANK YOU. This is one of those areas in which the Mayor has always shone brightest. His brash sauciness, when employed on the subject of free speech and free movement and association, has almost always just been stellar. (Except, you know, for stop and frisk, since the Mayor has been pretty totally devoted to a campaign of terror on black communities. But you know, see also: 9/11 Terror Mosque.) Elsewhere in the Week Of Mike, it was pretty crazy when he showed up in that Quinn profile talking about some woman’s rump (and then he was a jerk about it) and then…. today’s Times piece on how Mayor Mike Lusts After London was kind of a kick in the face, right? Seriously, you’re gonna do three terms as Boston’s best mayor of New York then fuck right off to London? You’re rebuilding the Serpentine gallery, of all places? (I mean it needs it, it’s basically a toilet in the middle of a park right now, God bless.) He has more involvement in the cultural life of London than he does in New York City! This is rough stuff. It’s also EXTREMELY disruptive to the post-Bloomberg dreams and schemes of City Hall’s workers. All that aside… somehow I’d almost rather have a FOURTH BLOOMBERG TERM than the rest of these yahoos. Verdict: Somehow, despite himself, Our Wacky Mayor Mike keeps being a Winner. Enjoy London for us, see you sometime, I guess, whatever.
• John Catsimatidis: LOL. You wacky supermarket mogul. Verdict: Who cares, this is just entertainment.
• Bill de Blasio: Does he exist???? Apparently he does, because he’s using his 2013 donations to pay off his 2009 debt. Gosh. Verdict: LOSER.
• Joe Lhota: “Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota quietly green-lighted retroactive pay raises—and lump-sum payments totaling $253,000—to the three top agency presidents and a former top executive…. the MTA, meanwhile, hasn’t given a raise to clerical and managerial staffers since 2008.” Verdict: You make me want to hop some turnstiles, LOSER.
• Everyone Else: Sure seems like someone could run against this weak and sad little field, am I right?