Can Ferrer Win?
September 28th, 2005

It certainly does not seem like a good week for Fernando Ferrer, who has come in for ridicule and attack for claiming on his blog that he went to public school when he really went to parochial school. And another poll shows Mayor Bloomberg with a hefty lead. But some writers argue all is not lost for the Democratic nominee.

Why? Political consultant Dick Morris (who says he used to work for Ferrer but wants Bloomberg to win) argues that most undecided voters will eventually go to Ferrer. Whatever polls now say, Ferrer will get almost all the Hispanic vote, and the former Bronx borough president is a strong finisher. And Morris professes to be unimpressed by the mayor’s 52 percent in a recent Qunnipiac survey: “When Bloomberg has had such an avalanche of advertising and all the publicity that comes with Gracie Mansion, for him to be only two points above 50 percent of the vote shows real weakness.”

In the Observer, Ben Smith gives Bloomberg tips on how to lose: Believe his own hype; put too much stock in his money; embrace Bush (been there, done that). At the same time, he continues, Ferrer would have to get a message, make people think he can win and capture New Yorkers’ imaginations. Now, why didn’t Ferrer think of that?

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