I’ll be going Galt for a few days shortly, but I wanted to do another post about the New York snow thing, because I think it may help derail the Bloomberg-for-president nonsense.
A few points:
(1) It dumbs this down to say “and Chris Cristie too”. Maybe Christie should have delayed his vacation for cosmetic reasons, but I haven’t seen any serious criticism of how his office performed in his absence.
(2) It sounds like the main problem in New York was simply a slow response. And it does make you wonder if deputy mayor Stephen Goldsmith’s absence (he was in Washington at the time) was part of the problem. I know I just said it was fine that Christie was out of town in New Jersey, but nothing went wrong in the state of New Jersey’s response, so it’s not a good comparison.
(3) I like that the Republican response to problems in New York is to pay private contractors more:
Unlike years ago, Mr. Doherty said, the private workers just do not seem “interested in the work anymore.”
“Are we paying enough?” he said. “It may be the reason.”
In fact, it seems that some of the more proven contractors had been signed up by the local airports before the city made its appeal.
Update. And one other thing: all you Lake Wobegon motherfuckers who say New Yorkers should just stoically accept this, that’s just not how things work anywhere in the northeast. We’re not all Scandinavians and Germans here.
Update. Looks like another bad day for the servers here. I recommend turning off java script and autoloading of images if you want to read the blog today.