The Charm of Being an Unlikely Candidate
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There is something exciting about the idea of a George Pataki presidential run from a political science standpoint. There is also a lot of eye rolling that comes with the specter of it since the former New York governor toys with running for office now and again. Pataki is one of those candidates that is interesting to people who study politics because he has never lost an election. That is something to which Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and all three Bush's cannot lay claim. He defeated Mario Cuomo, America’s progressive answer to Ronald Reagan. He is now putting out feelers for a presidential run, which is unlikely – but so what? The down-shot for Pataki is that he has been out of politics for too long. He is from a state that – if he were the GOP nominee – he may not win. He is a pro-choice Republican, which will make winning conservative primaries a challenge. Pataki will most likely not run because he would have to raise a lot of money ahead of time, and even if he had old friend Alfonse D’Amato helping, it may not be enough. Running for president is most difficult in the early stages. Those caucuses and primaries are never-ending and highly partisan. They take place – for the most part – where they do not always take kindly to New Yorkers. So what makes a Pataki run exciting? Rudolph Giuliani was able to get the endorsement of conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson. If Giuliani can get that support, then Pataki could probably get some help from the right as well. Pataki is a different kind of candidate. He is much more formidable than opponents think. There is also an advantage to Pataki being out of politics for a little while. He can spout off about PACs and special interests because there is no recent history of having taken any of that money. He has not been in the Senate voting for tax increases. He has not benefited from earmarks. He is not a Bush. He has gotten union support in the past. He has won the Catholic vote in the past, something Republican presidential candidates have had a hard time winning in recent elections. Pataki is not a flashy politician. But he finds a way to surprise people. Count on your hand how many major national politicians have never lost an election, let alone in a state that tilts heavily toward the candidate’s opposition party. House of Cards and its Putin Obsession House of Cards, the political drama on Netflix, returned last week for its third season. Without giving anything away, there is a lot of activity between the American president, Frank Underwood, and the Russian president, Victor Petrov, who is a Vladimir Putin clone. Petrov likes to surf and have his picture taken. Petrov is also divorced. This is not new for fictionalized political television, but it is new territory for House of Cards. House of Cards is way too dark and creepy to be realistic enough for political junkies, but it's still a great show. It’s a great show because it gives us story lines that are nutty, like having a vice president manipulate his way to the Oval Office without being elected. By introducing this Putin-esque character, House of Cards defaulted to a common formula. The bread and butter of this show is how atypical it is. Okay, maybe I gave something away.
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Learn Asian fan dance techniques at Flushing Town Hall on March 7.
Learn Asian fan dance techniques at Flushing Town Hall on March 7.
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Jack Bradley’s collection features personal shots of his friend, Louis Armstrong. See it on March 10 at the Louis Armstrong museum.
Jack Bradley’s collection features personal shots of his friend, Louis Armstrong. See it on March 10 at the Louis Armstrong museum.
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Weekly Entertainment Calendar
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Learn Asian fan dance techniques at Flushing Town Hall on March 7.
Learn Asian fan dance techniques at Flushing Town Hall on March 7.
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Jack Bradley’s collection features personal shots of his friend, Louis Armstrong. See it on March 10 at the Louis Armstrong museum.
Jack Bradley’s collection features personal shots of his friend, Louis Armstrong. See it on March 10 at the Louis Armstrong museum.
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Art Year of South Africa: Collection of Violet and Les Payne Thurs, Mar. 5 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A selection of artworked collected by journalist Les Payne during his time reporting in South Africa between 1976-1985. | Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing “The Birthday Party” Thurs, Mar. 5 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Artist Sandra Rocha debuts her solo exhibition showcasing women at birthday parties, while commenting on age and femininity. | RePOP, 143 Roebling St., Williamsburg “We the People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Pictures and Words” Thurs, Mar. 5 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. An exhibition featuring candid photographs and interviews with African American and Latinos residing in NYCHA housing. | Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepoint St., Brooklyn Heights In Practice: Under Foundations Fri, Mar. 6 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibition of newly commissioned works by Rosa Aiello, Ben Hagari, Madeline Hollander and more. | SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, LIC Treasures from the Jack Bradley Collection Tues, Mar. 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new exhibit entitled “To Jack Bradley, the ‘Greatest’ Photo Taker,” shows behind the scenes access of Louis Armstrong. | Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona Music Fred Hersch Trio Fri, Mar. 6 7:30 p.m. Six-time Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch performs. | Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing “The Barber of Seville” Sat, Mar. 7 3 p.m. The Regina Opera Company presents the Rossini classic with English subtitles. | Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium, 5902 Sixth Ave., Sunset Park Asian Fan Dance Workshop Sat, Mar. 7 2 p.m. Song Hee Lee and Ling Tang will teach simple fan dance routines from Korean and Chinese traditions. | Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing Das Audit Sat, Mar. 7 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A performance by the band consisted of alto sax, flutes, bass, guitar and percussion. | SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, LIC Momenta Quartet Tan Dun Ghost Opera Sun, Mar. 8 2 p.m. Inspired by “ghost operas” of Chinese peasant culture, this work calls on the spirits of Bach, Shakepeare, ancient folk tradition and nature. | Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing Film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Thurs, Mar. 5 7 p.m. A film inspired by the urban legend of Takako Konishi. | Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria Behind the Screen Sat, Mar. 7 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibition showing visitors the creative and techincal process of producing, promoting and presenting films, television shows and digital entertainment.| Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria Ric Burns Documentary Screening Wed, Mar. 11 7:30 p.m. Weekly screening of a film by the American filmmaker. | The Diamond, 43 Franklin St., Greenpoint Family/Kids “The African Drum” Thurs, Mar. 5 10:30 a.m. Traditional folk tales that feature wit, wisdom and humor. | P.S. 3 The Bedford Village School, 50 Jefferson Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant Princess Particular and Pirate Pete’s Parrot Sat, Mar. 7 2 p.m. The Secret Theatre’s children’s musical promises music, mischief and a boatload of laughs. | The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., LIC Rocket Park Mini Golf Sun, Mar. 8 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While golfing, learn about propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, gravitational assist and more. | New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona Ice Skating Tues, Mar. 10 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Twirl and skate as you enjoy the rink. | Lefrak Center, Parkside Ave. and Ocean Ave., Prospect Park Latin Fusion Wed, Mar. 11 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the rhythms sounds and vibrations of latin American music. | Kumble Theatre at Long Island University, DeKaulb Ave. and Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn
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