The Real Reason to Fear de Blasio
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  • Corlyss

    “At some point, the music will stop,”

    Yellin shows no interest in stopping as long as the economy is as weak as it is – which will be as long as Democrats run the government. With a poor Republican field and a hard-charging Clinton shaping up to be the combatants, that’s looking like a depressingly long time.

  • wigwag

    Yadi yadi yada.

    Professor Mead is right; de Blasio will almost surely be an awful Mayor. The sad part is that his Republican opponent might have been pretty good. But alas, he never had a chance.

    The interesting question (that Professor Mead never addresses in his post) is why New Yorkers who elected the billionaire Bloomberg three times, the tough on crime Guiliani twice, threw Dinkins out on his tuchis after one term and before that elected the moderate Ed Koch twice, have decided to move so far to the left.

    New York is not the progressive bastion people think it is. If it was, Rupert Murduch and David Koch wouldn’t choose to call it home.

    That New Yorkers are about to select the most leftist Mayor in decades (and perhaps ever) says something although trying to decipher the message in this election is difficult.

    If I had to guess, I suspect the message here is that Professor Mead is wrong when he says the Tea Party movement lives while the Occupy Wall Street movement has been extinguished.

    The sentiment behind the Occupy Wall Street movement propelled Elizabeth Warren to victory in the Massachusetts Senate race and it’s about to propel de Blasio to victory on Tuesday.

    The question is whether de Blasio’s victory is the canary in the coal mine for American politics over the next several years.

    I hope it’s not but I fear it is.

    • USNK2

      WigWag: de Blasio ‘won’ the Dem primary with 40% of a 22% turn-out, maybe 280,000 total votes.

      fwiw, the Working Families Party was the force behind OWS.

      deBlasio was a co-founder of the WFP.

      For more than ten years, NYC Dems sought the WFP ballot line.

      In 2013, the coup is complete: the WFP has taken over the NYC Democratic Party.

      Not that there is all the much difference.

      The big issue with a Mayor de Blasio will be whether he makes plowing out from a blizzard into a political statement, or actually realizes someone needs to manage NYC.

      Mr. Mead needs to buy a new snow shovel.

      • wigwag

        That’s good advice; I’m heading to Home Depot tomorrow to buy myself a new snow shovel though, truth be told, Bloomberg wasn’t that good at getting the snow removed either.

        During the Christmas snowstorm a couple of years ago it took me two weeks to get my car dug out.

        As I recall, Bloomberg was vacationing in his palatial estate in Bermuda at the time.

    • Ooga Booga

      Giuliani’s tough-on-crime policies enabled the gentrification that has made large swathes of Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens an attractive destination for young, artsy college grads, many from the Mid-West, and a certain percentage of whom receive financial support from their families while they engage in a mix of unpaid internships, restaurant jobs and Kickstarter-funded projects. As most of them have no memory of pre-gentrification NY, and with a vague sense of guilt over their role as agents of gentrification, politics becomes largely a matter of striking the right progressive pose as compensation for one’s relative privilege. The preponderance of unpaid work, high rents and (for some) student debt also fuel the vague resentment against “the Man” that propelled Occupy, even if the current crop of Progressive politicians will do little to address these problems, and may even make them worse.

      It goes without saying that the behavior of the national GOP is tremendously alienating to these people, who care more deeply about gay marriage, abortion rights, immigration and the legalization of marijuana than anything else. That being said, given the tendency of like-minded people to congregate, I am somewhat less convinced than you that De Blasio’s impending victory is a bellweather for America as a whole.

      • wigwag

        I’m not necessarily convinced that a de Blasio victory will be a bell weather for America as a whole, but I think it might be.

        While I don’t like Peter Beinart or his views very much, I think the argument that he presents in this essay is reasonably compelling,

        I believe the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement is alive and well in the de Blasio campaign as it was in the Elizabeth Warren campaign.

        At the same time that an extreme leftist like De Blasio is able to masquerade as a mainstream candidate, the Tea Party is turning the phrase conservative into a four letter word and inspiring Americans to view the GOP with revulsion.

        None of this strikes me as particularly good.

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