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All the Politicians Making Crazy Sounds, And All the Dead Bodies Piled Up in Mounds

[ 162 ] October 30, 2013 |

The anguish of (largely non-NYC) wingers who think that the city won’t survive without a Republican daddy will be a major source of entertainment for a while.

Of course, the overlap between conservatives arguing that New Yorkers will horribly miss the Giuliani/Bloomberg style of governance and those freaking out over the idea that government policy might sometimes be paternalistic presumably approaches 100%.

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  • To be fair, a lot of rich people in NYC are terribly afraid that without their bestie in Gracie Mansion, this awful man might take their money from them.

    • Anonymous

      We’re not talking about a generic lib like Quinn. This man supported the likes of the Sandinistas and Hugo Chavez. Revolutionary Communism is coming to the Big Apple.

      • And if Quinn had won your tantrum would be about how the “homosexualists” are going to bring New York down in flames.

        The one constant is that whatever happens, you will be consumed by resentment.

        • Anonymous

          Billy the Commie’s wife is a former lesbo.

          • Gee, he wins a convert to heterosexual domestic bliss, and you want to hold that against him.

            Splitter!

            • I said that very thing over at Alicublog. At least diBlasio has a solid track record of gay conversions. What has Bloomberg done for the hets?

              • Made dwarf love respectable?

          • panda

            Communism, miscegenation AND sodomy in one household! When do we get to appoint De Blasio as General Secretary of the Socialist-Muslim States of America?

            • I think the proper title for the head of the SMSA is Sheikh-General, but I haven’t read our manifesto in a few months.

              • Hogan

                It’s not Comrade Caliph?

                • Jay C

                  Comissar Caliph.

                • I think “Comrade Caliph” is more what you’d call him in conversation, but “Sheikh-General” would be the official title.

                  Or maybe “General Secretary of the Caliphate.”

                • herr doktor bimler

                  Wrong coast for Caliphornia.

                • Origami Isopod

                  Comissar Caliph.

                  Don’t turn around…

          • efgoldman

            To be fair, JenBob’s never been in NYC, so it doesn’t know you can get pancakes there, too.

          • CD

            ¡Que viva zombie gay Hugo Chavez!

      • DocAmazing

        Revolutionary Communism is coming to the Big Apple.

        Promises, promises.

        • Malaclypse

          Sadly, intellectual consistency requires that this, also, counts as a Jennie Prediction.

          • anthrofred

            Of course, the prediction can never be wrong in this case, since for Jennie “revolutionary communism” is just the descriptor for anything it doesn’t like.

            • Gabriel Ratchet

              When you’re dumb as a bag of hammers, anything you don’t like looks like socialism.

              • A Bag of Hammers

                Hey shut up!

                • Box of Hair

                  That’s “Hey, shut up, you socialist!”

              • wjts

                A bag of hammers is just a bag of sickles away from total global communist domination.

        • MAJeff

          JenBob made promises promises
          Thinking we’d believe promises promises
          He knew he couldn’t keep

        • NewishLawyer

          We debated Trotskyism vs. Stalinism at City College.

          In the 1930s….

          • Malaclypse

            You sure you are a “newish” lawyer?

            • The kids are taking a lot of latitude with “ish” these days, no?

              • Jordan

                lulz.

            • NewishLawyer

              You are always new compared to someone!

              More seriously, I have a soft spot for Irving Howe and Daniel Bell and love the documentary Arguing the World. Even Bill Kristol manages to have a good story in that documentary.*

              *His story was being trapped on a couch and stuck between Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt as they debated about Freud.

            • NewishLawyer

              Correction: Irving Kristol rather.

              Bill Kristol is the son.

              • Marek

                Son of a something, anyway.

        • herr doktor bimler

          Revolutionary Communism is coming to the Big Apple.

          Imma hearing that in Leonard Cohen’s voice.

        • DrDick

          Only in my dreams, I am afraid. Poor little JenBob continually shitting himself over the monsters under his bed.

      • JMP

        What’s a Sandinista, grandpa?

        • DrS

          It’s a precursor to mandals.

      • TrexPushups

        For context:
        This is what the Contras were doing.
        targeting health care clinics and health care workers for assassination[84]
        kidnapping civilians[85]
        torturing civilians[86]
        executing civilians, including children, who were captured in combat[87]
        raping women[84]
        indiscriminately attacking civilians and civilian houses[85]
        seizing civilian property[84]
        burning civilian houses in captured towns.[84]

        The contras also carried out a systematic campaign to disrupt the social reform programs of the government. This campaign included attacks on schools, health centers and the majority of the rural population that was sympathetic to the Sandinistas. Widespread murder, rape, and torture were also used as tools to destabilize the government and to “terrorize” the population into collaborating with the Contras. Throughout this campaign, the contras received military and financial support from the CIA and the Reagan Administration.[49] This campaign has been condemned internationally for its many human rights violations. Contra supporters have often tried to downplay these violations, or countered that the Sandinista government carried out much more. In particular, the Reagan administration engaged in a campaign to alter public opinion on the contras that has been termed “white propaganda”.[50] In 1984, the International Court of Justice judged that the United States Government had been in violation of International law when it supported the contras.[51]
        After the U.S. Congress prohibited federal funding of the Contras through the Boland Amendment in 1983, the Reagan administration continued to back the Contras by raising money from foreign allies and covertly selling arms to Iran (then engaged in a vicious war with Iraq), and channelling the proceeds to the Contras (see the Iran-Contra Affair).[52] When this scheme was revealed, Reagan admitted that he knew about Iranian “arms for hostages” dealings but professed ignorance about the proceeds funding the Contras; for this, National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North took much of the blame.
        Senator John Kerry’s 1988 U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations report on links between the Contras and drug imports to the US concluded that “senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”[53] According to the National Security Archive, Oliver North had been in contact with Manuel Noriega, the US-backed president of Panama. The Reagan administration’s support for the Contras continued to stir controversy well into the 1990s. In August 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series titled Dark Alliance,[54] linking the origins of crack cocaine in California to the CIA-Contra alliance. Freedom of Information Act inquiries by the National Security Archive and other investigators unearthed a number of documents showing that White House officials, including Oliver North, knew about and supported using money raised via drug trafficking to fund the Contras. Sen. John Kerry’s report in 1988 led to the same conclusions. However, the Justice Department denied the allegations.
        The Contra war unfolded differently in the northern and southern zones of Nicaragua. Contras based in Costa Rica operated on Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast, which is sparsely populated by indigenous groups including the Miskito, Sumo, Rama, Garifuna, and Mestizo. Unlike Spanish-speaking western Nicaragua, the Atlantic Coast is predominantly English-speaking and was largely ignored by the Somoza regime. The costeños did not participate in the uprising against Somoza and viewed Sandinismo with suspicion from the outset.

        • Hogan

          Well, you know, the Contras wouldn’t have been able to attack those health clinics if the Sandinistas hadn’t built them. #bothsidesdoit

        • Would those be the “moral equivalent of our founding fathers” Contras, as I believe Reagan once called them?

          • rea

            “our founding fathers” could be a trifle atrocity-prone, too.

      • Jerry Vinokurov

        God, I wish.

    • Manju

      To be fair, a lot of rich people in NYC are terribly afraid that without their bestie in Gracie Mansion, this awful man might take their money from them.

      Puh-leeze. Bloomie wouldn’t be found dead slumming it in Gracie Mansion.

  • Anonymous

    Bill deBlasio supported the Sandinistas which makes him a revolutionary Communist if not a least a fellow traveler.

    New York will descend back into the Socialism and Marxist policies that led to its ruin before the 90s, and then some.

    • At this moment, Jennfiers has 26 loads in his diaper.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not scared a bit, in fact it will be very enjoyable watching NYC go down in flames thanks to Marxist rule. You are going to get everything radical leftists want done to a city, good and hard.

        • brad

          Whatever they pay you, it’s too much.
          Including nothing.

        • Yeah, just like you got to enjoy seeing the teabaggers hang a debt default on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney win the presidency thanks to UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH.

          Again, Jennfier, just because Bill DiBlasio is way more successful than you doesn’t justify using this sort of petty sniping to try and tear him down. You just need to accept that some people are good at life and you’re just an angry failure.

        • Malaclypse

          I’m not scared a bit

          I’m going to have to call bullshit on this.

          • DrDick

            He says that while cowering under his bed in a steaming pile of his own excrement.

        • José Arcadio Buendía

          I’m not scared a bit, in fact it will be very enjoyable watching NYC go down in flames

          That is such a September 10th Murican attitude about New York. Don’t you remember, we’re all New Yorkers now?

        • carolannie1949

          Oh Jennifiers, the load of bushwa you must consume everyday to believe in things like fellow travelers and that supporting the Sandanistas against the heinous Contras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandinista_National_Liberation_Front) makes one a Marxist! Even the Sandanistas aren’t Marxists. What a feverbed of rightwing ideology you must rise from every morning to consume your bushwa

          • Malaclypse

            Lots of Totalitarian Stalinist Dictators voluntarily cede power after free and fair elections. That’s what makes them devious.

            • Gregor Sansa

              That’s why you have to stage a coup just before the elections, to stop ’em from getting away with that dastardly democracy.

              Remember 9/11! (Also, 27/6/54)

              • (Also, 27/6/54)

                I believe, sir, that you meant “twenty five or six to four.”

                • bk

                  I was sitting crosslegged on the floor when I read that.

          • I’d be surprised, but then I was told just the other day that Vladimir Putin is a Communist, because he’s Russian and doesn’t worship America. Troll in comparison is practically an analytical deity.

            • DrS

              Heh…My RWNJ uncle told me that Obama was a Communist because of all the ‘czars’ that he was appointing.

              • Yeah, “Obama is doubtlessly a Communist” was the sentence that immediately preceded “Vladimir Putin is a Communist.”

                This is what happens when I contradict one of my Republican students and he goes and finds another teacher to back him up.

                • DrS

                  Was the USSR even a going concern during any portion of this student’s life?

                • Hell, the USSR was dead and all-but-buried by the time I was four. This kid just thought he’d prove a point by outnumbering me.

                  Mind you, he did, but the point he proved was more “I don’t have time for this shit” than anything else.

              • Hogan

                Yeah, they sure loved them some czars.

              • My god—it’s full of czars!

                • …To reach the unreachable czar!

                • Origami Isopod

                  “Would you like to string up a czar,
                  Carry commies home in a jar…”

              • herr doktor bimler

                Czars only come out at night. Vampires!

            • panda

              The crazy thing about it is that in some wingnut circles, Putin is a hero now, for sticking it to the gays and to showing Obama how a real man rolls. So hard to keep up with friends/enemies lists.

              • That’s the part that surprised me – you’d have thought the people I’m talking about would lionize Putin, but no.

                I mean, the dude runs on oligarchist conservative lines. I think they’re just pissed that he doesn’t have the decency to run his campaign in English.

            • panda

              The Marxist czars thing is an old, old, meme

              • rea

                Caesar was a populare, after all.

              • DrS

                Wait, is 2009 long, long ago?

                I first heard the term in relation to the “drug czar”, but looks like the term as used in the us government dates back to fdrs presidency

                • Panda

                  by old i meant going to the first months of the Obama administration. Haven’t heard much about in last couple of years.

      • LeeEsq

        Ewwww……

    • Malaclypse

      Bill deBlasio

      Is not the name of a mayoral candidate, but don’t let that slow you down, sweetie. You were close, and we make allowances for stupid people.

      New York will descend back into the Socialism and Marxist policies that led to its ruin before the 90s, and then some.

      Thanks to Jennie and his track record, one thing is now clear: New York is about to enter a veritable Golden Age.

      • I hear DiBlasio thinks everyone in New York should wear name tags.

        • DrS

          Is this froyo fat free?

      • Anonymous

        The Marxist power couple (his former lesbo wife is the power behind the throne from all indications) hat will run NYC will do to our nation’s largest city exactly what their leftist, socialist policies did for Detroit.

        • Malaclypse

          his former lesbo wife

          Subtext never far from text, sweetie.

          • But you can’t spell subtext without buttsex! SODOMY!!

            (Must credit Robt. Downey Jr.)

        • brad

          Meaning every murder in the 5 boroughs after the election is now a race riot.

        • Did you here this from the same source that assured you a teaparty coup would prevent Boehner from ending the shutdown?

        • She’s a veritable eminence noir.

          • She’s JenBob’s bête noire.

          • wjts

            Eminence rose, surely?

      • Hogan

        It’ll be like having LaGuardia back.

    • DrS

      Ah, yes, I remember how NYC was totes the world center of Marxism/socialism prior to the 1990s.

      You’re too stupid for pancakes.

      • guthrie

        Too stupid to find the dinner/ breakfast table by following the smell of fresh pancakes.

      • Sharon

        You should see those pictures of Ed Koch in his Che t-shirts.

        To die for…

    • José Arcadio Buendía

      It sounds like you ought to just GTFO of New York. Just don’t come to California. We’re also a geh socialist nightmare with job growth a budget surplus and the high tech industry.

      • Jennfier has never been to New York.

        • And I just got home form Ottawa. It’s a good day.

    • NewishLawyer

      Bill De Blasio lives in Park Slope and has been known to support the developers of condos as well:

      http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/09/07/de_blasio_and_development_he_s_for_it_and_he_s_right.html

    • stepped pyramids

      “[so-and-so] is a [weak claim] if not a [strong claim]” is the appropriate construction.

    • GeneralJujitsu

      This is parody, people. Has to be.

  • Matthew Stevens

    Of course, the overlap between conservatives arguing that New Yorkers will horribly miss the Giuliani/Bloomberg style of governance and those freaking out over the idea that government policy might sometimes be paternalistic presumably approaches 100%.

    Not to mention that Stop & Frisk would be meaningless without NYC’s draconian gun laws.

    But yes, it’s instructive how conservatives see Bloomberg as a liberal boogeyman when he regulates soda, and a conservative stalwart when he orders the cops to routinely harass young black men.

    • And yet, the article implies that even if he is a liberal boogeyman, he’s too much their liberal boogeyman to give up:

      Losing access to 16-ounce cups of soda is insufficient reason for what is likely to happen to New York.

      • Malaclypse

        Also, as Roy points out, di Blasio supports the ban.

        • I’m a little more ambivalent on that part – not that I disbelieve him, but I can see where people might think he’s not going to come up with more cockamamie policy along those lines and support him on that basis, but then again I don’t live in NYC.

          And really, when that ban was first announced, all the radio coverage I heard here (six hours northwest of NYC) was full of comments about how people were just going to sneak two-liter bottles into the movies, since the poors didn’t know what was good for them.

          Classists gotta have no class, I guess.

  • And of course the WSJ thinks that people just want their 16 ounces back. Like that policy might not be indicative of a larger mindset in the mayor who pushed for it, but only for the little people.

    • DocAmazing

      New Yorkers are practical people. They’ll just get a refill on their 12-ounce cups.

      • Murc

        While I know you’re joking, the hell of it is… no, they won’t.

        The whole point of the cup size thing is that most people won’t actually go get a refill on their 12-ounce cups. They’ll drink the “large soda” and be perfectly happy.

        It’s still a stupid policy, but it is at least grounded in science.

    • Hogan

      And don’t get them started on bicycles.

      • Malaclypse

        Also, via Making Light, too.

      • DrS

        Bikes are popular in China and therefore already Communist, even without the backing of that Marxist/Leninist institution “Citibank”

        • Um, but Jennfier once bragged that the Chinese will never give up their cars and will keep filling the air with fumes because literally all he has going on in his life is trying to piss us off.

        • mds

          that Marxist/Leninist institution “Citibank”

          Eh, it might have started out that way, but it quickly descended into state capitalism. Not to mention that a many of their top workers are moral degenerates.

      • anthrofred

        Oh God, that was my favorite WSJ video ever. It’s past self-parody in its crankiness and entitlement.

  • Joshua

    Joe Lhota’s standings in the polls and favorability has gotten killed since he started airing those ads that say DiBlasio will bring back motorcycle gangs and tough-looking blahs in the subway. I know I lost any and all respect I had for him.

    At this stage, it’s not even about Lhota winning. He knows he has no chance. If anything he is setting himself up for some sweet wingnut welfare and sniping on the sidelines.

    • efgoldman

      If anything he is setting himself up for some sweet wingnut welfare and sniping on the sidelines.

      Riddle me this: Isn’t there a limit to wingnut welfare “jobs”? I mean, can they just keep creating new “think” tanks for these Yohos? I know the Kochs are billionaires, but even their resources are finite.

      • burritoboy

        Not really. I mean, yes, there’s some theoretical limit out there somewhere, but there’s way more demand for people to work in right wing think tanks than there are right wingers who should even plausibly be working in anything called a “think ——” no matter how much you stretch the definition of thinking.

      • mds

        I mean, can they just keep creating new “think” tanks for these Yohos?

        +Harrumph.

      • njorl

        I theorize that the turnover on those jobs is higher than we comprehend. When they become too ludicrous to acknowledge, and lose their ability to offend, they fade out of our universe along with any evidence that they had ever existed.

        • Origami Isopod

          Wingnut welfare recipients: The McDonald’s workers of political rhetoric.

    • WeWantPie

      The motorcycle gangs have been back for a while – there was that horrendous incident on 9/29, on the West Side Highway. I remember noticing at the time that Mike Bloomberg was still mayor, too.

    • Lhota’s polls were doomed the moment he, on live TV, said that he supports the death of kittens.

      I’m astonished his campaign manager didn’t physically throw themselves at the camera in a desperate attempt to prevent the moment from being immortalized.

  • kindness

    Good timing on the Lou Reed quote.

    Too bad about that.

  • Victory In VA!

    I can’t wait to see the hemming and hawing on this site when Cuccinelli wins next week.

    VICTORY!

    It’s in the bag. You can take that to the bank.

    It’s. In. The. F*cking. Bag!

    • Guess which one of has spent more time in Virginia talking to voters this past month, me or Jennfier. (Hint, it’s not Jennfier.)

      Guess who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. (Hint, it’s Jennfier.)

      • Keaaukane

        Is that really Jennie? I took it as a parody.

        • It’s really impossible to tell at this point. I just assume it’s always him, because if it’s not at least I’m keep in practice.

          • Jay C

            Not quite at the classic level of the timeless invocation of UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH!!, but a good try nonetheless…

        • Honestly, it’s gotta be parody. Not even Jennie is that dumb.

          • anthrofred

            Hey man, those polls are skewed.

            • Weeeeellll Rasmussen had a poll today that had Cooch closing the gap, and we know how reliable they are.

      • Origami Isopod

        How do you know Rick JenBob hasn’t been talking to lots and lots of people in COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA?

    • Malaclypse

      Don’t ever change.

      • TMac’s had the Clintons stumping for him this past week (yes, Jennfier, the Clintons are popular. Sorry.)

        The Cooch has… Rick Santorum and the world’s biggest Wikipedia fan.

        • Origami Isopod

          The Cooch has… Rick Santorum

          That doesn’t sound very sanitary.

      • Hogan

        I think we can pretty much count on that.

    • L2P

      I will celebrate his victory with pancakes.

      • MAJeff

        Santorum pancakes…with mini chocolate chips, dried cherries, and chocolate whipped cream.

        • Origami Isopod

          With a nice salad on the side!

        • Sharon

          Thank you for ruining pancakes!

          • MAJeff

            I couldn’t think of anything, other than corn, for corn…otherwise :)

    • FYI, I’m saving these as I see them now. Hopefully nothing will slip past me.

      • Keaaukane

        Gathering them all together is a bad idea. What happens when the wrongness reaches critical mass?

        • Whatever happens, it’ll be Obama’s fault.

          • rea

            For a little while longer. Soon, it will all be Hillary’s fault.

        • Uncle Ebeneezer

          Peak Pancake!!

          • herr doktor bimler

            HA you misspelled ‘pique’.

    • ruviana

      Wake up, sheeple! I always wanted to say that.

    • Anonymous

      This is not me.

      Though Cuccinelli will close the gap (he’s no within four points in the latest poll) I’m afraid Cuccinelli’s excessive focus on social issues instead of sticking to fiscal conservatism is doing him in.

      • 1.) He isn’t within 4 points.

        2.) Really? That explains why TMac is absolutely nailing him to the wall with his wackjob god-botherer nonsense, and Mark Herring is now working on nailing Obenshain to the Cooch.

        3.) Yeah, his dumb ideas about economics are not playing well either. Come to the places I have, where I get to tell people about how he’s against spending money on their kids and fixing their traffic flow problems. It is not good news for him.

      • Captain Haddock

        This is not me.

        Prove it.

      • Gary Ruppert

        This is not me.

        Hear in the Heartland, we undterstand how easy it is to become a parody of oneself. Even for poeple honest enough to stick to one nim.

    • Theobald Smith

      You wouldn’t happen to be from COLONIAL HEIGHTS!, would you?

  • NewishLawyer

    As a Brooklynite who decamped to San Francisco for academic reasons and can probably only afford SF because of rent control and good timing (moved into my apartment during the housing crisis of Summer 08), I would find it interesting and potentially ironic if De Blasio makes NY more affordable than SF.

    I might be able to move back.

  • brad

    While I like “Billy the commie” and welcome my new former lesbian communist overlords (overmistresses?), back in reality the sad truth is he’ll end up being somewhere between Obama and Dean in terms of doing a decent if technocratic job that keeps the JenBobs sputtering while disappointing the more naive or inexperienced or firebaggy on the left in part because the hype has always been really about the staff behind him, and office he’s coming from, and not the man himself. Not to speak ill, but he’s far more conventional than anyone seems to speak of him as, really.

    • Yeah. Of course, even. But he’s, IMO, infinitely better than Quinn, Lhota, or the other choices we’ve been offered.

      • brad

        No question there, just the change in tone at the top will go a long way in subtle ways.
        But Mayor Mike’s legacy won’t, unfortunately, be easily wiped away.

        • Well, if he could just make the police and the public schools work for everyone that would be such a massive improvement in people’s lives that it would be incredible. But the school system alone is so gigantic and so overwhelmed and underfunded its hard to know how to begin. My cousin is a principal in a small public highschool, one of the ones that was carved out of bigger highschools so three schools are in the same building and the sheer numbers of kids and issues they face are just mind boggling. When I begin to talk to her about the issues I get the feeling you get when the camera zooms in on something like a person, or a house and then pulls back and back and back until you are hovering over an enormous megalopolis and the particular dissolves into the general– you realize that this manageable thing that you are familiar with is just one of billions of near identical things which all need care and attention but which can’t be dealt with because the numbers overwhelm your abilities.

          • NewishLawyer

            I think the NYC public school system is really too big to be reformed or tamed by anyone. Though you do get a lot of good teachers and admins because of the sheer size of the system.

            This leads to fallacies though. I read a rah-rah article by a New York actor* about the greatness of New York. One of his reasons was that his son transferred to a new school (of 1400 students) and was having a hard time with the transition. He said that he called the office and the principal got on the line and the teacher got involved directly and he now takes such stuff for granted.

            My thought was that he was largely lucky in getting a good principal and good teacher.

            *The article was a retort to some thought catalog piece about why you should never live in NYC.

            • I read a rah-rah article by a New York actor*

              C U N D Gulag is getting writing gigs now?

              • Origami Isopod

                You’re thinking of actor212.

    • NewishLawyer

      I agree that he is probably not as radical as he is being painted but I think he is a true liberal and like that he has run as an unrepentent cultural liberal. He is sort of taking whatever Palin and crew rant against as an imagined foe and saying “Yeah this is me.”

      The issue with NYC and some other cities* is that economic populism as a weird skew. I have a lot of friends that would do very well anywhere else in the country but are middle class by NYC standards. There are a lot of people who can sort of afford to live in NYC but cannot spend money on private education of the NYC pre-school rat race. These people are part of the De Blasio coalition along with everyone else and sympathize and like that De Blasio sends his kids to public school and that he needed to borrow a friend’s kitchen/house to shoot the famous ad with his son.**

      *My bet is the San Francisco will be the next city to feature a Quinn v. De Blasio type of primary race. The Quinn/Blomberg type won with Ed Lee but we are now seeing even a split between tech and other upper-middle class professionals. This seems to be a mirror of New York where you had the kind of wealthy feeling isolated and priced out by the really wealthy. This is the strange populism I referred to above.

      **I admit that having a too small kitchen in a Park Slope townhouse is the very definition of a first world problem.

    • JL

      He did solidarity work with the Sandinistas, got arrested protesting hospital closures, sent out pro-Occupy tweets on its second anniversary. None of that means that he’ll actually govern like a lefty in the end, of course – I also suspect that his administration will be pretty conventional. But it’s not an average background for a pol.

      I expect he’ll do an okay job, but to me the part that’s really great is that NYC is in a place politically where people are willing to elect someone who has run with the sort of lefty background and rhetoric that he has. Especially so soon after having elected Bloomberg yet again.

  • LeeEsq

    I actually think that Bloomberg was a relatively decent mayor. He handled two natural disasters about as well as possible and most if his policies usually kind of made sense. He was horrible on housing and stop and frisk. On education he was meh but the New York City school system has been a mess for such a long time thats the best you can reasonably hope for. Bloomberg had some good ideas on transportation but implementation needed work.

    People who are worried about a paternalistic but are going to miss Bloomberg are deeply confused people. Any functioning society, especially one with a lot of people, is going to require at least some state paternalism to hopefully prevent people from indulging in some of their more counter-productive behavior.

    • JL

      As well as possible? Hurricane Sandy? Are you kidding me? His response was a fucking disaster in its own right. Any respect that I still had for the guy died when I went to NYC to do Sandy relief in the projects in Far Rockaway and Coney Island. People stranded in their buildings for two or more weeks without heat, without running water. Dangerous methane buildups in bathrooms (and no warning or explanation given to residents). Hallways that stank so much that I retched as soon as I stepped into them, because of the overfull trash chutes. People with disabilities trapped without their meds. Fire alarms that started going off when the batteries ran low and hadn’t stopped for two weeks. People getting carbon monoxide poisoning trying to stay warm. City workers who wouldn’t enter the projects to do repairs without police guards, while piles of police stood around protecting fast food from nonexistent looters or patrolling free food lines. People wondering why in two weeks they hadn’t seen a single government relief worker. Black mold growing in the dark wet stairwells and hallways. Shelters that split up families by only allowing two people from the same family. And then there was Bloomberg’s whole plan to run the marathon right after the hurricane, apparently not seeing anything wrong with running it through Staten Island while the people who lived there didn’t even have enough lumber to board up their windows.

      Nearly two weeks after the hurricane, Bloomberg triumphantly announced that the city would start doing medical canvassing (going door to door checking on people’s medical needs, which is what I was doing there) in projects and high-rises. Occupy/People’s Relief was doing medical canvassing from the start. I consider it a great victory that we shamed the city into what it should have been doing all along, but you know, it should have been doing it all along. How many people died waiting for the city to do anything useful for its own tenants? And why has it been Occupy that’s taken the lead on mold remediation, even in the projects where the city is landlord and the city’s negligence allowed the problem to happen? How many people will get sick from all that mold?

      And of course Bloomberg is being a cheapskate with homeless Sandy refugees.

  • JL

    Funny, maybe people got tired of Bloomberg because of his racist stop-and-frisk policies that did harm to young blacks and Latinos, his police department’s profiling of trans women of color as sex workers, his police department’s spying on innocent Muslims, his shitty handling of Hurricane Sandy (see my above response to LeeEsq), his police department’s constantly beating and illegally arresting and sometimes sexually assaulting political protesters and giving a bunch of them PTSD, his many failures and foot-in-mouth moments on homelessness, or the ever-increasing unaffordability of NYC.

    The movement faded, but if the opinion polls are right, New York voters are about to elect the Occupy movement to run America’s largest city.

    The Wall Street Journal has no idea how happy they made me with that quote. If we helped to usher in the end of the Giuliani/Bloomberg era of horribleness I consider that a hell of an accomplishment.