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Bloomberg Yawns at National Parties

the marquee party during the presidential nominating conventions. Many a reporter, while munching on the mayor's crudités cru·di·tés  
Cut raw vegetables, such as carrot sticks and pepper strips, served often with a dip as an appetizer.

[French, pl.
, has been heard to remark that the conventions have become empty, newsless exercises--little more than an opportunity for rich dilettantes to impress the political classes with their shows of buffet-table largesse lar·gess also lar·gesse  
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.

b. Money or gifts bestowed.

2. Generosity of spirit or attitude.

It turns out Bloomberg agrees.

“There isn’t any philosophy for a party,” the mayor told business leaders at a breakfast in midtown this morning hosted by Crain's New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Business. “When’s the last time you saw the platform for either party being trekked out and say, ‘Oh, we said three years ago at our convention this is what we stand for?’ Come on. Get serious. That’s something to give you to write about in the middle of a boring convention.”

The mayor, newly liberated from the Republican Party, is continuing to sound like a man who's determined to run for president next year on a platform of "a pox pox (poks) any eruptive or pustular disease, especially one caused by a virus, e.g., chickenpox, cowpox, etc.

 on both your houses."

“I don’t think that I disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back"
 what any national party stands for because I don’t think that either national party stands for anything,” Bloomberg said, drawing some applause and chuckles from the crowd.

The full speech is airing right now (at 11 a.m.) on WNYC.
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Author:Azi Paybarah
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Jun 27, 2007
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