Get Over It, G.O.P.It appears as though the city’s Republican Party leaders—they used to meet in phone booths, back in the pre-cellular era—are in a bit of a snit. Mayor Michael Bloomberg discarded them two years ago when he dropped out of the party and declared himself to be a true independent. Now with the mayor preparing for an unanticipated reelection re·e·lect also re-e·lect
tr.v. re·e·lect·ed, re·e·lect·ing, re·e·lects
To elect again.
re campaign, some Republicans would prefer to run a sacrificial lamb for mayor rather than give Mr. Bloomberg their blessing in the 2009 election.
Can you spell “self-defeating?”
Republicans have enjoyed unprecedented success in City Hall over the last 15 years. Think about it—the last Democrat to win the mayoralty may·or·al·ty
n. pl. may·or·al·ties
1. The office of a mayor.
2. The term of office of a mayor.
[Middle English mairalte, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French was David Dinkins, in 1989. In the four municipal elections since then, Rudolph Giuliani and Mr. Bloomberg have radically changed voting habits in 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 . No longer do New Yorkers reflexively reach for the Democratic lever in mayoral elections.
You’d think Republicans would embrace the chance to welcome back their prodigal PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed.
2. candidate, Mr. Bloomberg. But some are making a show of their disdain for a man they see as a turncoat. (Oddly, they were not so skeptical of Mr. Bloomberg when he opened up his wallet during his transformation from a Democrat to a Republican before the 2001 mayor election.) Queens County Chairman Phil Ragusa thinks the party should look elsewhere for a candidate because Mr. Bloomberg hasn’t been loyal to the party.
Of course, the Republican Party isn’t much of an organization these days. Democrats monopolize mo·nop·o·lize
tr.v. mo·nop·o·lized, mo·nop·o·liz·ing, mo·nop·o·liz·es
1. To acquire or maintain a monopoly of.
2. To dominate by excluding others: monopolized the conversation. state government and have made inroads inroads
make inroads into to start affecting or reducing: my gambling has made great inroads into my savings
inroads npl to make inroads into [+ into solid Republican neighborhoods. Even Staten Island has a Democratic congressman. The party should be less concerned about loyalty and more willing to accept Mr. Bloomberg back into the fold. Without him, the party surely will see its remarkable mayoral winning streak come to an end in November.