WSJ: America's Largest Cities Now Controlled by Activist Liberals

Image: WSJ: America's Largest Cities Now Controlled by Activist Liberals

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 06:10 AM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Tuesday's lopsided victory by populist Democrat Bill de Blasio in the New York City mayoral election could test the revival of liberalism in America's urban areas, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The city's new mayor is sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street and once volunteered with the Marxist Sandinistas of Nicaragua.

With de Blasio's victory, many of the nation's largest cities are now in Democratic hands, in contrast to 2000 when Republicans held some of the reins.

Progressive Democrat Ed Murray takes over in Seattle. Martin Walsh, a former union official, will be Boston's next mayor. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a strong defender of Obamacare, won re-election. Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix already have Democratic mayors.

Mayor-elect de Blasio ran on a platform — polls show New Yorkers reject several of his key positions despite voting for him — of raising taxes on the wealthy, opposing charter schools and ending "stop and frisk" police tactics.

"Make no mistake," de Blasio said in his acceptance speech, "the people of this city have chosen a progressive path."

He will be the first Democrat to hold the New York City mayor's seat in 20 years. Incumbent Michael Bloomberg is an independent. Rudy Giuliani had been a Democrat before he switched parties and became a Republican who sought liberal support in his campaigns.

In administering a city with an annual operating budget of $69.9 billion — and facing teacher, police, and firefighter union demands for retroactive pay increases — de Blasio's success in governing will test the revival of liberalism in urban American political life, according to the Journal.

Political scientist Larry Sabato cautioned that progressives like de Blasio could overstep their mandates if they move too far from the mainstream. "They could go too far left because there's a tolerance for moderation, not necessarily for liberalism. If they show themselves to be incompetent then they'll pay a price."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Pro-Russian Group Denies Producing Ukraine Jewish 'Registration' Leaflets

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:07 PM

Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim govern . . .

Gallup Poll: Record Disapproval Ratings for Obama on Economy

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 22:41 PM

More than half of Americans said they had virtually no confidence in President Barack Obama's ability to improve the nat . . .

Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 22:02 PM

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that Americans are "being played by those people who want to . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved