Years ago a friend told me that New York City was dying and was no place to live. Thanks in part to Mayor Koch, that began to turn around, resulting in the fabulous Gotham of today. Ed Koch also took me to lunch once and told me how much he disliked Ted Kennedy. He jokingly called the Upper West Side the last bastion of socialism in the free world. But of course he enthusiastically voted for Obama twice. As we also saw with the brilliant Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Democratic acorns never fall far from the tree. But some of them do good even while in the shade.