That hissing noise is the sound of all of the oxygen being sucked out of the room in the mayor's race by Anthony Weiner. It's a crowded cabin – packed like sardines from a Marx Brothers' movie. And the other occupants are getting antsy.
In light of the latest revelations about Weiner's sexting scandal, at least three of his Democratic rivals are now calling on him to quit the race. In political campaigns, it's generally not considered sporting to ask one's opponent to drop out. It would be like the Yankees asking the Red Sox to forfeit the game before the first pitch is thrown. "Let the voters decide" is the canned line that politicians typically utter when asked if they think their foe should get of the race. But Marquis of Queensberry rules be damned! It's frustrating to be in a campaign where most of the attention is going to TheDirty.com instead of your nitty-gritty policy proposals.
Adding to the tumult is a new poll that was taken before Weiner's latest sexting explosion that narrowly gave him the lead (26%) over Christine Quinn (22%) and Bill Thompson (20%). Results of a post-mea culpa poll are due this afternoon and it will be very interesting to see where Weiner stands.
The pre-scandal dynamics of the race favored Weiner, Quinn, and Thompson as the three candidates in this crowded field who had the best shot at ending up in a two-way Democratic primary runoff. Let's see what happens when more of the oxygen seeps out.