While Democrats are celebrating the possibility of a more middle-class minded mayor, the city's elite are pouting and stabbing at their caramel glazed flan, wondering whether the party will ever be the same once Bloomberg and his billions depart from office.
On this, the two-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the one percent are enjoying some tone deaf musing about the importance of having Bloomberg at their soirees and fetes. (As an aside: Why do the French have so many words for "fancy ass parties"?)
"I have a lot of concerns," Jamee Gregory, a philanthropist and the author of an actual coffee-table book, "New York Parties: Private Views," sighed to the Wall Street Journal. "Will [Mr. Bloomberg's successor] be doing the sort of things the mayor was, or will he think it's not socially correct? Some of the candidates say, 'These are things that rich people do,' as though it's not having a positive impact. I am perplexed."
To be sure, Bloomberg's bow-tied presence has benefited plenty of philanthropic purposes, but he also "lends credibility" to far fluffier functions as well. There's concern among the caviar-munching elite that de Blasio and his egalitarian views will never rub Bottega Vineta-covered elbows with the verve of Bloomberg—no matter how intimate his connections with stars like Steve Buscemi and Susan Sarandon. As for Joe Lhota—no one wants to sip champagne with a savage kitten-murderer.
Then again, we've also never heard of Lhota nor de Blasio instructing his interlocutors to "look at the ass on her," so perhaps there's no where to go but up.