The New York Post noted that Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has decided to quit his quest for the presidency.
He made that announcement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time so I’m going to end my presidential campaign,” he said.
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air spoke for everyone who writes about politics when he tweeted, “To the utter despair of bloggers across the nation. Bill was the most fun to mock of any of the candidates.”
President of the United States and fellow New Yorker Donald Trump tweeted, “Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part-time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”
On the face of it, de Blasio’s campaign for the presidency was not all that far-fetched. Both John Lindsey in the 1970s and Rudy Giuliani in 2008 mounted credible assaults on the Oval Office, but Lindsey came from an era when welfare state liberalism had a little more cache than it does now. Giuliani, as all the world knows, was the Rock of 9/11.
Trump was not exaggerating too much when he suggested that de Blasio was polling at about zero. He never made it past one percent. Indeed, as the Daily Beast noted, His Honor the Mayor was dead last among New Yorkers in their picks for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Two questions therefore arise. Why did it take de Blasio so long to quit? Why did he try to run for president in the first place?
Vox has an interesting piece on why de Blasio is so hated by the people who elected him. He insists, for example, on traveling 11 miles from his official residence to work out at a gym when a perfectly good one is in walking distance. Some have suggested that it bespeaks a sense of entitlement that has characterized de Blasio for all of his political careers.
De Blasio has pursued a left of center policy in his governance of the biggest city in the United States, including imposing a $15 an hour minimum wage that devastated small businesses, attacking New York’s charter schools, and neglecting the growing homeless problem that has afflicted several large, liberally run cities.
New York’s famed subway system is falling apart on de Blasio’s watch. De Blasio has responded to New York City’s transportation woes by hammering the ride-sharing industry, which many New Yorkers with moderate-income depend on to get around. Despite these facts, he was reelected comfortably in 2017.
Vox thinks that de Blasio’s problem with New Yorkers is one of style.
“De Blasio can come off as sanctimonious, arrogant, stubborn, and preachy about the gravity and scope of what he’s doing. He can be perceived as caring more about big-picture symbolism than the day-to-day grind of city policy, and he’s not particularly charismatic.”
If De Blasio grates on his fellow New Yorkers, people across the country found him especially annoying, personifying as he does everything people hate about New York City. Unlike Giuliani in 2008, a man who managed to create a base beyond the five boroughs, de Blasio failed to establish anything like a voting base anywhere in the United States.
As Vox suggests, de Blasio is hated by white and Asian New Yorkers, comes in even with Hispanics, and is pretty popular with African Americans.
Even so, de Blasio has cultivated an antagonistic relationship with both the New York and national media. While this strategy has worked to some extent for Trump, it has not been so effective with the mayor. He also has some of the typical ethics problems that too many big-city mayors seem to be prone to.
According to Vox, De Blasio’s run for the presidency has heightened New Yorkers’ ire about him. Too many problems seem to be neglected.
Now, though, de Blasio is back to being a full-time mayor. By all accounts, New Yorkers are not pleased with that either.