Big Apple voters not terribly enchanted with Carlos Danger and Client #9

posted at 10:01 am on September 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Voters delivered their verdict on comebacks in the New York City Democratic primary yesterday, and … it wasn’t pretty.  Anthony Weiner finished a distant fifth in a mayoral race in which he had long since faded from contention, but Eliot Spitzer blew a contest for comptroller that just two weeks ago seemed his to lose:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer won the Democratic primary for comptroller Tuesday night, ending disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s surprise bid to reclaim his political career.

Stringer had a 52-percent-to-48-percent lead over Spitzer in incomplete and unofficial returns, with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Spitzer conceded a race he had upended by jumping into it just two months ago. …

Stringer had argued that voters should spurn a politician who resigned amid a prostitution scandal. He offered himself as a veteran, untarnished public servant who knows how to work with others to make government work.

“Nobody should be elected to office who resigned in disgrace,” Stringer said at a candidate forum last week. “I have the temperament. I have the experience.”

New Yorkers seemed to agree with Stringer.  They certainly did in the mayoral nomination race, where Weiner collected a whopping 4.9% of the vote.  The big surprise is actually the failure of Christine Quinn, who fell to a distant third in the mayoral nomination race, gaining only 15.5% of the vote in a race where she led most of the polling until just recently.  Instead, the more progressive Bill de Blasio may have won enough to get just over the 40% threshold and avoid a runoff for the nomination.

Not only did New York City reject scandal-ridden comeback candidates, it appears that they rejected their current mayor Michael Bloomberg as well:

In the race for mayor, Mr. de Blasio had until a few months ago been a distant fourth in a crowded Democratic field, well behind Christine C. Quinn, the longtime front-runner, who rose to prominence as the speaker of the City Council and a close ally of Mr. Bloomberg. Mr. de Blasio, propelled by an unrelenting critique of the mayor, frustrated Ms. Quinn’s painstakingly cultivated effort to become the first woman and the first openly gay person to lead the city. …

By contrast, Mr. de Blasio’s vow to make a clean break from the Bloomberg era struck a chord with Democratic voters worried about jobs and schools. Roughly three in four wanted to move the city in a different direction after 12 years with Mr. Bloomberg, an exit poll found.

Let’s just say that Michael Bloomberg had a pretty bad night yesterday.

Politico’s Maggie Haberman writes that the real lesson is not that comebacks are impossible, but that comebacks from scandal that carry the extra weight of hubris are doomed to fail:

Humility and likability are key

This is especially true of Weiner, who had a window of good will when he entered the mayor’s race and asked for a second chance. He claimed to be humbled by his transgressions, said he‘d learned from his mistakes. A campaign rollout video was the picture of a happy family, his wife Huma by his side on the stoop of his childhood home.

But a fresh round of lewd pictures and messages that emerged mid-campaign — taken and sent a year after he resigned from Congress, and months after he and Huma gave a blissful-seeming interview to People Magazine about their family — began a downward spiral in the polls that Weiner couldn’t stop.

But equally damaging was Weiner’s defiant attitude. It was his personal life, he insisted, and he had answered people’s questions already. He mixed it up with voters at forums and stump stops and got testy, repeatedly, with his media inquisitors.

Spitzer didn’t have another bout of scandal during the campaign, but there was plenty of bad memories from the first one to go around. His opponent, Scott Stringer, hammered Spitzer in TV ads and in direct mail over the fact that the ex-law enforcer had broken the law.

In the end, I think Spitzer can legitimately blame Anthony Weiner for his loss. Spitzer ran a tighter campaign and managed to offer some humility over his previous sex scandal — and dodge the more significant scandal of abusing his power as Attorney General and Governor.  The clown act of Carlos Danger, however, made it painfully clear just how much of a joke it would be to reward either man with public office again, a point that might have been lost had Weiner not made such a point of pushing into everyone’s faces all throughout the campaign.

What’s next for both men? Spitzer can go back to practicing law and doing media analysis with at least some of his credibility and dignity intact.  Weiner’s only option seems to be MSNBC, since he doesn’t have any other background except politics — and who’s going to hire Weiner to work on their staff after his laughable voter-outreach antics over the last few months? At least Weiner can argue that he’s not the biggest joke on the MSNBC lineup.


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Why another story about Weiner?

Honestly, I find it refreshing that he confronted the issues head on. Fake humility would have been more annoying. He never gave up in the race. I couldn’t care less about his texting. It’s not that weird.

Now, I’d never vote for him in a million years, but enough already.

bluegill on September 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Weiner’s only option seems to be MSNBC, since he doesn’t have any other background except politics — and who’s going to hire Weiner to work on their staff after his laughable voter-outreach antics over the last few months?

What with the forthcoming divorce and change of careers, Carlos Danger could probably get a book deal about how he deals with “transitions.” He spent a good deal of his campaign talking about it not being in elective office but working for the downtrodden of NYC or something. Let’s see if he really meant it by championing some NGO that has the same passion as he claims.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Why another story about Weiner?

bluegill on September 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Everybody knew how much it would annoy you.

I guess its good for New York, but a different result would have been very entertaining for the rest of us.

cozmo on September 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Seems New York has no room in its stomach for weinerschnitzelpitzer.

rukiddingme on September 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Weiner’s only option seems to be MSNBC, since he doesn’t have any other background except politics — and who’s going to hire Weiner to work on their staff after his laughable voter-outreach antics

He better hope he gets some type of job soon, because he’s going to need money for a divorce lawyer.

Huma Abedin didn’t show up at the polls, or at Weiner’s concession speech. What’s the over/under on how long it is until their divorce announcement? Probably take at least a month, because she won’t want it to look like she’s dumping him because he lost the election. But by November 1, smart money says they break the “news” that they’re officially over.

AZCoyote on September 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Weiner would be the perfect person for a position on the Obamacare Death Panel.

meci on September 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Seems New York has no room in its stomach for weinerschnitzelpitzer.

rukiddingme on September 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Weiner isn’t the hot dog he thought he was.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Huma Abedin didn’t show up at the polls, or at Weiner’s concession speech. What’s the over/under on how long it is until their divorce announcement? Probably take at least a month, because she won’t want it to look like she’s dumping him because he lost the election. But by November 1, smart money says they break the “news” that they’re officially over.

AZCoyote on September 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Yeah, Huma didn’t work this hard to hitch her political aspirations to some loser who can’t be elected to an advantageous office. I’m sure that she’ll be Senator or Congressman shopping within six months.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Hilarious that Sydney Leathers tried to crash his election night gala. Hilarious that she’s now trying to launch a porn career too. What a circus.

WhatSlushfund on September 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Now what is poor Sydney going to do? Stalk him for the rest of his life? I’m not sure how much money can be made in porn these days and she has no other job skills — not even a high school degree.

Blake on September 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

The Pic of The Ever Petulant Carlos Danger shooting the finger at reporters after his concession speech says it all.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Guess the Sex in the City Party was stillborn.

Seriously, we’ll be bailing NYC out in a couple years.

Steve Eggleston on September 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I am very happy that Spitzer lost. He would have pursued the most evil, anti-capitalist agenda conceivable if he had won. But the most dangerous politician in America remains Elizabeth Warren.

thuja on September 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Weiner will reinsrt in the Clinton campaign….

Deafdog on September 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The Pic of The Ever Petulant Carlos Danger shooting the finger at reporters after his concession speech says it all.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

That actually scored points among New Yorkers. And give him a break, it isn’t like he has marketable skills. Can you imagine him as a Wal-Mart greeter with those people skills?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Why another story about Weiner?

Honestly, I find it refreshing that he confronted the issues head on. Fake humility would have been more annoying. He never gave up in the race. I couldn’t care less about his texting. It’s not that weird.

Now, I’d never vote for him in a million years, but enough already.

bluegill on September 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Cause Weiner threads are puntastic!

Deafdog on September 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Good, now go away, the both of you. Losers…

OmahaConservative on September 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I am encouraged that the New York City voters appear to have regained some sense. Now I’ve got to ask them about that “Hillary” thing.

yesiamapirate on September 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

That actually scored points among New Yorkers. And give him a break, it isn’t like he has marketable skills. Can you imagine him as a Wal-Mart greeter with those people skills?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I can see it now…”No Fluking Walmart for you!”

Steve Eggleston on September 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

What’s next for both men?

I’m more concerned about AllahPundit. Rather than just posting stories about Mayor Weiner and Comptroller Spitzer, he’s now going to actually have to work.

rbj on September 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Left unsaid in this analysis that De Blasio is a standard Progressive Democrat who will return the city to where it was before Rudi Giuliani was elected. You can say a lot bad things about Bloomberg but he was realistic on economics. A mayor De Blasio will lead NYC down the rathole just like other Progressives have destroyed the cities and states under their control.

jerryofva on September 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hilarious that Sydney Leathers tried to crash his election night gala. Hilarious that she’s now trying to launch a porn career too. What a circus.

WhatSlushfund on September 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Holding a sign touting some sort of “Weiner tracker” phone app, the woman is selling herself six ways from sundown.

Bishop on September 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Left unsaid in this analysis that De Blasio is a standard Progressive Democrat who will return the city to where it was before Rudi Giuliani was elected.

jerryofva on September 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Does Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate, have a chance? Yes, it’s a Democratic city, but NYC hasn’t elected someone running on the Democratic ticket as mayor since 1989.

J.S.K. on September 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Weiner seems to like showing off his body on camera. Perhaps a career in porn is in his future?

Nethicus on September 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I hear Maureen Dowd is still looking for a new boy toy. Carlos are you up for that challenge?

meci on September 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I am not a New Yorker so I don’t know. NYC is as heavily skewed towards the Democrats as Chicago. It takes a lot of failure for a Republican to win. If I recall correctly Rudy Giuliani only got about 55% of the vote the second time. I don’t think Lhota is a dyamic enough personality to convince enough Democrat leaners to vote for him.

jerryofva on September 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Weiner isn’t the hot dog he thought he was.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Lol! I almost lost it over this one.

KMC1 on September 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Well, one thing is for sure with Little Anthony and his weiner. After watching his disaster-la-palooza performance getting verbally beaten to a pulp by Lawrence O’Donnell the night before the election, at least we know he AIN’T getting his own MSNBC show now or in the far distant future!

And face it, when you are a liberal and you lose MSNBC, well………

pilamaye on September 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The Pic of The Ever Petulant Carlos Danger shooting the finger at reporters after his concession speech says it all.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

That actually scored points among New Yorkers. And give him a break, it isn’t like he has marketable skills. Can you imagine him as a Wal-Mart greeter with those people skills?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

When I see him I picture him as one of those hawkers that stands outside of strip joints welcoming people to come on in.

“Goyls, goyls, goyls, we gots’em in all shapes and sizes…”

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I hear Maureen Dowd is still looking for a new boy toy. Carlos are you up for that challenge?

meci on September 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Perhaps a throat cancer warning would be in order.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Weiner can always be a booker for Bill Clinton.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I hear Maureen Dowd is still looking for a new boy toy. Carlos are you up for that challenge?

meci on September 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Put down the cucumber MoDo. And pick up the Weiner.

pain train on September 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Weiner’s only option seems to be MSNBC, since he doesn’t have any other background except politics — and who’s going to hire Weiner to work on their staff after his laughable voter-outreach antics over the last few months?

There’s always Simon Cowell’s seat on American Idol. The one place his “in everybody’s face” schtick would actually improve the show’s ratings.

(I’ve never seen it, but all the evidence points to the audience tuning in mainly to see the judges abuse the contestants.)

cheers

eon

eon on September 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Why another story about Weiner?

Honestly, I find it refreshing that he confronted the issues head on. Fake humility would have been more annoying. He never gave up in the race. I couldn’t care less about his texting. It’s not that weird.

Now, I’d never vote for him in a million years, but enough already.

bluegill on September 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

….that explains why this thread died!
I expected 300 comments!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM