February 20th, 2008

NYC: Somebody Got Some ‘Splaining to Do

by Philip Baruth

You may have heard that somehow Barack Obama wound up with zero votes in some 78 districts during primary voting in New York City (including parts of Harlem). Election officials described the undercounting, which affected Hillary not at all, as a purely mechanical issue, involving ballot placement and human error.

Mayor Bloomberg begs to differ: “If you want to call it significant undercounting, I guess that’s a euphemism for fraud.”

Which more or less gets to the meat of it.

Late Update, Thursday, February 21, 6:46 am:

Email queries flooding in re: the above photo, and the woman standing next to Bloomberg. You guessed it: that’s Cyndi Lauper, looking all cool and grown-up and Manhattany. Never saw the realism in the whole Bloomberg boomlet this cycle, but if it ever did manage to achieve lift-off, he could do worse for a VP.

The problem would be an embarrassment of riches when it came to campaign theme songs. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “Money Changes Everything”?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The correct answer? “She Bop,” which Wikipedia helpfully describes as “a paean to masturbation.”

Focus-group that, social conservatives.