No Surprise Here

I hope you all have your hankies or a fresh box of tissues ready to catch all the tears shed when you hear that DeBlasio’s vanity run is over. First of a few more, I hope.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That dude is going to be absolutely worthless in accomplishing anything for the rest of the 2+ years he is mayor. Talk about a major way of burning what remaining political capital he had as a lame duck mayor in spectacular fashion. Not good for the city, frankly, since I bet Cuomo will be feeling his jackass oats and be emboldened to stomp on de Blasio at every point he can.

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    Jeffro says:

    What are we down to now, about 12 ‘declared’ candidates and 5 viable ones?

    The RWNJs are going to be so disappointed when their fever dreams of a brokered Dem convention fail to materialize.

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    MuckJagger says:

    I know I’m killing the concept here, but the idea that a post about Bill DeBlasio giving up the ghost that had *zero* responses before mine somehow seems appropriate.

    (*Cough*) Zero responses at the time I wrote this. ;-P

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    DeBlasio should have spent his time focusing a little more on running NYC and focusing on a gubernatorial future than running a vanity campaign for a race he had no shot at winning

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    NobodySpecial says:


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    Amir Khalid says:

    de Blasio. Bill de Blasio. The guy’s a mayor somewhere, or something.

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    arrieve says:

    @PsiFighter37: Yep. And he brought absolutely nothing to the presidential race. I still don’t understand why he wanted to do it.

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    NotMax says:

    6 down, 19 remaining. Qualified (thus far) for the October debate: 11. (Source)

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    Dr. Ronnie James, D.O. says:

    But he was 5th in the Working Families Party endorsement race (which is even sadder if you know much about the WFP, which is very NYC-centric)

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    Dr. Ronnie James, D.O. says:

    @NotMax: they’ll never take Wayne Messam alive!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Maybe he was thinking, “If the mayor of South Bend (wherever that is) can run for President, so can I.”

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    NotMax says:

    Average height of the field just dropped an inch.


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    Jeffro says:

    @NotMax: Ugh…a CNN/NYT-moderated debate. That’s potentially worse than one hosted by the Fox dumbasses.

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    NotMax says:


    Would that the qualifications for moderator were half as stringent as those for candidates.


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    MattF says:

    So, he was elected mayor, and then decided he didn’t like the job. That’s— not a qualification for being president.

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    Spanky says:

    Good news for The Rent’s Too Damned High mayoral candidate!

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    Spanky says:

    @MattF: Twice. He was elected mayor twice and then decided he wanted to be something else.

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    Tony Jay says:

    De Blasio? I thought Wilson Fisk was the Mayor of New York. Who’s this de Blasio guy?

    It’s possible I’ve mixed up my sources of reportage on this important issue.

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    Tony Jay says:


    Unless you’re a Republican.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Jeffro: Tier 1 is Biden, Warren and Sanders. Tier 2 is Harris, Buttigieg and maybe O’Rourke (who is hopeless but having a moment). Everyone else needs to get out. I could see an argument for maybe keeping Cory Booker in tier 2.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    …and I have special annoyance for the troll/cult/novelty tier of Yang, Gabbard and Williamson, who are Not Helping.

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    Leto says:

    @Tony Jay: Your timeline makes more sense/is more coherent.

    Honestly, if you’re polling at 1% GTFO. We still have multiple people at the magical 1% mark, and they’ve been there for months now. It’s time to go back to your regular job of being a Senator, governor, or grifter. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay in the race. Shoo… shoo! Go on now! Shoo!

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    Mandalay says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    Tier 1 is Biden, Warren and Sanders.

    Nate Silver doesn’t see it that way now: Biden and Warren are Tier 1, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg are Tier 2, and the rest are only fooling themselves.

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    MattF says:

    @Matt McIrvin: The Troll Tier. Particularly Gabbard.

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    Kay says:

    Raise your hand if you’re surprised the “conservative movement” in the US got themselves completely and utterly captured by a dumb, corrupt, power mad authoritarian.

    100% full of shit. The whole enterprise. Well, 99.9999999% They’re always have Justin Amash I suppose. ONE. 50 fucking years of listening to these people and they turned out ONE conservative. And he’s shunned! They erased him.

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    RepubAnon says:

    @Leto: DeBlasio probably thought being in the 0.1% meant he was winning…

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    Tony Jay says:


    Agreed. You’re not going to be President from here, any exposure/networking you were looking for in advance of more winnable races elsewhere you should already have done. Give a nice speech, encourage Democrats to get behind whoever the eventual winner is, remind the nation that their current President is a corrupt, treasonous dangle-clag who they can boot out of protective custody by getting to the polls every November, then exeunt stage left with all the grace and good-humour you can manage.

    This is also good advice for crotchety old pretend-Socialists and tall men who made good Vice-Presidents. YMMV

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    JPL says:

    @Kay: They were only there for the power. This is good news for Mitch.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Ugh…a CNN/NYT-moderated debate.

    Who are the moderators going to be? I’m guessing Tapper and Cillizza from CNN, Maggie and MoDo representing FTFNYT.

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    Leto says:

    @Tony Jay: Hear hear! Also good use of “dangle-clag” 😀👏

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    MattF says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Marc Lacy. Lacy is a NYT editor.

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    Jeffro says:

    @NotMax: whew, you’re not kidding

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    Jeffro says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: didn’t read that far…I was already nauseous

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    Jeffro says:

    @Tony Jay: good advice for them, indeed.

    I am having a hard time picturing any 1% drop-outs throwing their support to Wilmer, but I can definitely see a few going to Biden. I think the middle-tier folks might lean Warren. We’ll see…

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    Nate Silver doesn’t see it that way now: Biden and Warren are Tier 1, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg are Tier 2, and the rest are only fooling themselves

    Nate Silver’s punditry is garbage and he should stick to stats. THAT SAID, I agree with him on this one.

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    Ugh, now he’s going to be back “running” NYC.

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    Kay says:

    I think political media dislike him and are unfair to him so I vowed to give him a chance, but then he was pretty horrible.

    They do dislike him, though. In the same way they dislike Hillary Clinton and treat her unfairly.

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    @Kay: Sometimes the media’s dislike of somebody, in this case the mayor of the city where like half of them live, is for good reason.

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    Kay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Oh, sure. But they also dislike and are unfair to other pols who aren’t mayors where they live, so I don’t think it holds up.

    Too, they have inexplicable favorites, some of whom are horrible.

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    Kay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I’m convinced part of the reason they love Trump is just plain business relationship. They have to feed the giant, hungry maw of “news coverage”. He never fucking shuts up and speaks with them directly a ton so gives them content. It’s a good business relationship. He knows it too. They are both getting what they need. It’s the one true thing he says- that they need and love him. He loves them too. He wouldn’t exist without them. I think that’s what all the sniping about how Obama was distant and professorial was about- he wasn’t giving them anything to put in the hopper :)

    He never did give it to them, either. I think it was almost a point of pride with him.

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    JoeyJoeJoe says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I think Warren, Biden, and Harris are tier 1. Sanders kind of is,but has a ceiling that the others don’t have so he can’t win. Tier 2 is O’Rourke, Buttigieg, Booker, Castro, and maybe Klobuchar. It’s way too early to say that this is down to two people; the race is still fluid and one of the lower polling people can come up. Lots of people are probably undecided; I follow politics and I don’t know who I’ll vote for yet

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    I think Warren, Biden, and Harris are tier 1. Sanders kind of is,but has a ceiling that the others don’t have so he can’t win.

    I don’t see why Sanders’s polling, which is consistently higher than Harris’s, puts him “kind of” in tier 1 but her definitely in tier 1.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Are we allowed to wipe away tears of laughter, or just tears of…..BWHAHAHAHA….. sadness?

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    MazeDancer says:

    Because I lived in NYC for almost 2 decades and have some Dem friends, I can reliably report that Mayor Bill was running to supplement his retirement fund. He is not a richie rich guy, so he needs the money.

    He shook down every NYC supplier he could. And now he pockets the cash.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Nate Silver’s punditry is garbage and he should stick to stats. THAT SAID, I agree with him on this one.

    Well I dislike Silver’s ego, and his zeal to concoct absurd excuses when he gets things wrong, but TBF he made his position on those rankings crystal clear in the article:

    Keep in mind that these rankings aren’t driven by any sort of statistical model; they’re my subjective opinion, which sticks fairly closely to be polls but doesn’t omit other factors entirely.

    Silver’s just as free as the rest of the media, and us, to engage in punditry as long as he makes it clear when he’s merely lobbing out his “garbage” opinions, and he did.

    (But you made me feel dirty for defending Silver.)

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    @Mandalay: oh, I know, I was just saying that his random subjective opinions are (most of the time) pretty bad. I actually find his defense of wrong predictions to be fine, he explains what went right and wrong with the model.

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    @Major Major Major Major: I thought Joey made it pretty plain why he feels that way: Sanders has a ceiling of supporters that Harris doesn’t. Conceivably, almost everyone who is open to Sanders’ message has heard it. The same cannot be said of Harris. I’m not certain I agree (I think I agree with Silver on who’s likeliest to be the nominee at this point), but it’s an interesting way to think of the race.

    Ceterum censeo factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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    I thought Joey made it pretty plain why he feels that way: Sanders has a ceiling of supporters that Harris doesn’t.

    Perhaps I should have been more clear with my words: he offered no evidence for his assertion.

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