[Ed. – A public that foolishly threw its weight behind the worst mayor the universe has ever known is trying to put the genie back in the bottle.]
Seven summers ago … New York City seemed to be on the cusp of a new era. After nearly 20 years of Republican and Republican-lite rule … its residents were restless, desperate for change. As a cluster of long-simmering movements gained momentum, from the struggle to end the New York Police Department’s policy of stop-and-frisk to the Fight for $15 among the city’s lowest-paid workers, a candidate stepped forward to champion their cause.
Bill de Blasio was, in some respects, an unlikely champion — a liberal, not a lion — but he spoke of the city’s pain in words both moving and resonant. He lamented the inequality that strafed New York and bemoaned its descent into a “tale of two cities.” As The Nation wrote in our 2013 endorsement, “In placing the city’s roiling inequality at the center of his campaign, de Blasio has offered not only the sharpest description of the problem …but also the most forceful solution.”