MAGGIE HABERMAN @ the Washington Post does a piece today on the strikingly similar parallels between the current New York City Democratic Primary for the job of Mayor and the 2008 Democratic Primary run….
As back 4 1/2 years ago, Bill de Blasio , like Obama has run as a progressive looking for Change…..
Christine Quinn, as Hillary Clinton, is the establishment candidate…..As back then ….Everyone thought Quinn would be the sure winner like Hillary…
But unlike back then…..Anthony Weiner jumped in….Zoomed to the top of the charts…Sucked all the air out the campaign for a while….Then crashed and burned…..
Weiner and Mike Bloomberg are probably the reason Bill De Blasio is on the way to becoming then next Mayor of New York City….Weiner initially knocked Quinn out of first place and voters anger at Mike Bloomberg has kept Quinn from coming back….
We’ve covered the race here at the Dog pretty regularly ….
I confess I saw Weiner as the eventual winner but, the second go around on the social media thing just was too much for voters and the local media, which had never wanted him, just went to town on him and he lost it….The new spin is he’ll be back running again….I doubt that….
And his wife now will be undistracted in working with Hillary Clinton in upcoming run for President….
Hundreds of miles from Des Moines, there are distinct echoes of that Obama-Clinton classic here in New York, where voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide the finalists in the race to succeed three-term Mayor Mike Bloomberg. If there is a runoff, the likeliest person to get there with de Blasio is Bill Thompson, the lone black candidate in the race.
De Blasio has vaulted ahead of Quinn and the rest of the Democratic pack on an anti-Mike Bloomberg message that has morphed into a story of “two cities,” a populist attack that has some hallmarks of Obama circa 2008. The city’s public advocate is running as an antidote to 12 years of a city government he says has catered to wealthy Manhattanites at the expense of middle-class residents in the outer boroughs.
“There are clear similarities in terms of the sudden rise of Bill de Blasio and the possibility that his elevation wasn’t recognized until it was too late,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), a Thompson supporter. “If you kind of trace the trajectory of the Clinton versus Obama dynamic, it was a very similar narrative.”
De Blasio has used social media and featured his biography and biracial family heavily, while employing one of the ad makers who was part of Obama’s two campaigns for president. His initial ad featured his son Dante, whose large Afro made a “visual statement that could help elevate his dad above the boring-old-white-guy stigma,” as New York Magazine put it. Treated as a second-tier candidate at best for much of the race, de Blasio is now all but assured a spot in a runoff and has a shot at clearing the 40 percent threshold to clinch the Democratic nomination outright.
Bill DeBlasi RAN Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for the Senate up until he pushed aside towards the end…..
New York City has had Republican Mayor’s for 20 years……
NYC population circa 2010…..