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    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    Diagnosing Gifford: Primary Roundup, Post 2


    Jarrett Murphy on The Voice's Power Plays blog, diagnoses Miller's failure to grip the favor of New York City voters.

    The theories on the floor at Crobar included the obvious. Miller's campaign made a couple big mistakes, like the $1.6 million mailing, and the media feasted on them. In a scripted campaign environment, and on newspaper pages where not much space was devoted to the race, those gaffes assumed massive scale. Miller's campaign also always cast itself as just about to take off, their strategy just on the verge of thrusting him into gear. But as time dwindled, it was Weiner doing the climbing, and the media locked on to the Anthony-versus-Freddy one-on-one.

    1. The media simply didn't cover Giff as much as they covered everyone else. Weiner started getting so much press for his unyielding snark that he got the name recognition he needed to pull into second
    2. The media, when they covered Giff, didn't cover him the way they should have. Yes, he's 36. But, as far as credentials are concerned, the guy was definitely the most qualified to face Bloomberg, having been an ass-kicking Speaker. Instead, his boyish looks and singing got the focus, when it should have been: "This guy's READY for this job!" and listing his zillions of accomplishments.
    As far as the mailings, the coverage was made to mislead people. These mailings WERE FROM THE CITY COUNCIL. They weren't actually campaign mailings, they just made Miller look good. You wouldn't know that from the press.
    3. White guilt votes because, not only is he white and Ivy-educated, he comes from money.
    4. Anti-youth prejudice. This country doesn't respect youth, but NY doesn't respect youth unless it's the sarcastic kind of irritable youth prized in this city, rather than a younger person who acts every bit the statesman.
    5. A lot of the people voting for someone because they actually thought that candidate was competent to lead NYC were already voting for Bloomberg, so didn't even show up for the primary.

    Gotham Gazette's Wonkster wonders if perhaps the position of Speaker is not a rather pathetic launchpad for further political ambition. They also think he might have been too liberal- ha.

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