Americans are a generous people. Or they lie. According to New York magazine this week, 94% of GOP primary voters nationwide polled (by Global Strategy Group and Kellyanne Conway’s Polling Company) said that they have an overall favorable view of NYC. The sympathy vote.
Walking around the 34th street area yesterday and this morning, folks are not all that welcoming. My Snapple guy at the 42nd Street bus terminal last night asked me if I’d be working next week—said his informal polling has about half his commuting customers staying home.
Around 7, a woman on the downtown side of 34th street, outside of a sport bar stopped in her tracks, looking at the police-state look of the Garden-surrounding streets, the condensed traffic lanes, and said, for anyone who cared to listen, “F*** Bush. You hear what I’m saying?” Yup. Two guys nodded. But this wasn’t even an ANYBODY BUT BUSH moment, necessarily. It was more a native New Yorker, leave us alone already cry to fellow bees—buzzing along in the rat race (mixed animal metaphor clichés!). Don’t get in our way, GOPers with your funny hats.
On the bright side, for once, I’ll feel safe to wear that Bush-Cheney cap…