Weiner Thinks I Need a Raise
Yes, tough to convince an editor that you're worth 100 grand! And tough to win a campaign against a guy willing to spend $70 million. But while noting that "this is a moment not for Democrats to be flogging ourselves," Weiner also said, "We do have to look in the mirror and realize that we have lost now four straight municipal elections and we have to start figuring out how we change things to do these elections better. We are no longer a party that can simply say, 'We're going to rely on demographics, or rely on tribal politics, or even rely on the Democratic organization.' We have to run campaigns that are grounded in ideas for how we're going to govern." Later, he added: "Ferrer didn't run a bad campaign. He ran a campaign that might have faced insurmountable odds. But I do think we need to learn something. It would be a mistake if Democrats simply say, 'The reason we lost was we got outspent.' That's not the only reason we lost."
The guy from the Sun asked Weiner what issue might separate a Democrat from the pack in 2009. "I predict traffic congestion will be huge in 2009," he said.
It was a joke. However, if Weiner is accidentally correct in four years, he has (of course) already proposed a policy solution (click here). Talk about laying groundwork!