“He may have a shot if every Democratic candidate is caught sending racy selfies to minors.”
Democrats already have avowed socialist and party-alienating “Independent” Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), and they have Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) chirping her mini-me support for Bernie’s socialist policies from the back row.
No matter. Surveying the train wreck of a clown car that is the growing list of 2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio apparently thought there just weren’t enough socialists from the Northeast running for the party’s nomination.
Americans, de Blasio has stated, have a “socialistic impulse” and “would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs.” The role of government, for de Blasio, is literal control over everything from “every single plot of land” and “how development would proceed” right down to banning horse-drawn carriages and styrofoam. Oh, and he’s also, like any good socialist, opposed to private property ownership. All your stuff are belongs to
If this sounds good to you, good news! De Blasio is reportedly expected to announce his candidacy next week.
Mayor de Blasio will jump into the 2020 presidential race next week, according to four people with knowledge of his plans, entering a crowded field of 21 other Democratic hopefuls and two Republicans — dead last.
. . . . And not a second too soon. The last-minute announcement by the mayor — whose reputation for being late was cemented by his tardiness to a 2014 event honoring victims of American Airlines Flight 587 — has many politicos scratching their heads.
“Whatever theoretical bases he may target are already being courted by nationally recognized figures,” one of the sources said. “He may have a shot if every Democratic candidate is caught sending racy selfies to minors.”
De Blasio has said he wouldn’t run if he didn’t think he could make it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
So if he ends up announcing, he will presumably believe he can win not only the Democrat nomination but also the White House.
That’s not going to happen. There is no calculus by which de Blasio stands a chance. The mainstream Democrats will vote for Joe Biden (or Cory Booker), the socialists will vote for Bernie, the SJW crowd will vote for their dead cat before they vote for a heterosexual white male, and there is no Independent (let alone a soft and/or #NeverTrump Republican) who will vote for him.
Indeed, even the far-left site The Daily Beast is not on board, citing his unique position in the already crowded field: de Blasio would be the only candidate with negative favorability ratings.
I get it: If there’s one person who can unite this nation, it’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who likes to prattle on about his transcendent, historic vision and who (polls confirm) roughly nobody wants running for president after he’s flirted with the idea for months, but who The New York Daily News reported Friday will announce as soon as next week that he’s joining the absurdly crowded Democratic field—where he’d be the only one of 23 declared candidates with a negative favorability rating.
I was tempted to propose a New York to America: Take our mayor, please, joke, but 76 percent of New Yorkers say he shouldn’t run. Politico New York surveyed 30-odd members of Team de Blasio, and all but two said it was a bad idea, with one calling it “fucking insane.”
. . . . The trouble is that, after his first year, he’s spent more time explaining how, despite copious evidence to the contrary, he is not a crook. And while the city hasn’t collapsed on his watch—which is really all a Democrat needs here at this point to win a second term—he’s had precious few accomplishments after year one other . . . .
The NYC de Blasio scandals infamously prompted him to compare himself to Gandhi. But, hey, the Daily Beast trumpets in its headline, he’s successful in uniting left and right . . . against him.
Add to that the problem of securing the required 65,000 unique donors to participate in the Democrat primary debates (a goal Kirsten Gillibrand is struggling to meet), and it’s hard to see how this announcement comes at all.
The mayor expressed concerns on Friday that he could struggle to land a spot on the primary debate stage should he decide to run.
“The debates are important, there’s a lot of other factors in how … a campaign of this importance emerges,” he said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
To qualify for the 12 scheduled Democratic primary debates, candidates must receive at least 1 percent support in at least three separate polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or receive campaign contributions from at least 65,000 unique donors.
The DNC has said that it will prioritize candidates who meet both thresholds if more than 20 contenders qualify for the debates.
A possible presidential bid would likely face opposition from de Blasio’s hometown, as a survey from Quinnipiac University Poll released last month showed 76 percent of New York City residents think he should not run for president.
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