Don’t let that last sentence get in the way of enjoying this looming confrontation. After all, David Plouffe is merely a mercenary: Uber bought him fair and square, which was of course their privilege. Heck, for enough money the Republican nominee could buy Plouffe next year…
[NYC Mayor Bill] de Blasio is about to cap the number of drivers of Ubers and other for-hire car companies, a move that will in turn place limits on a service that is popular among its users, and which has no organized opposition. He is walking into a political buzzsaw: Uber has endless cash, real panic about getting capped in its biggest market, and every incentive to make an example of the high-profile New York mayor. The campaign is being run by David Plouffe, who once pulled off the rather impressive feat of persuading Democrats to hate the Clintons, and who immediately made it personal.
So, let’s be dispassionate about this. If Uber wins, then Mayor de Blasio gets metaphorically kicked in the testicles. This is, of course, a good thing. But if de Blasio wins, then the Democratic nominee next year is going to keep being stuck in a position where s/he has to keep defending attacks on a cab service that a critical part of his/her base – young people – kind of love. Plus, attacking Uber just makes the attacker look old. …Which the Democratic nominee will be, of course.
PS: I don’t know if anybody’s mentioned this to Buzzfeed yet, but the problem for the Left with de Blasio turning Uber into the NRA is that the NRA keeps winning. Although I have to give them credit for accurately describing Governor Andrew Cuomo as somebody whose ‘favorite hobby is humiliating the mayor.’
(Via Instapundit) Absolutely EPIC: “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a statement today that the city is reviewing all of Trump’s contracts with the city due to his “disgusting and offensive” remarks.” Newsday has more, which includes at least one politician trying to be rude about Donald Trump without actually saying that will lead to Trump either divesting from NYC – or, worse, including the politician in the coming lawsuit that will drift into De Blasio’s life like that iceberg drifted into the Titanic’s. Note that I do not make value judgments about said lawsuit: I merely predict that one will occur.
Seriously, I’m not involved in this one: if I had to choose between Trump and De Blasio when deciding who was a bigger jackass I’d go out for ice cream instead. They just have too many differences in style when it comes to their jackassery. Or, as my wife put it: they are representative of ‘the sh*t-colored rainbow of a*sholic diversity.’ Which stopped me dead in my tracks – and then had me frantically looking for a pencil.
Or at least shut the heck up about how hard your life is.
Mayor de Blasio whined to a crowd of hayseeds in the Midwest about how New Yorkers are too mean to him at baseball games — and said he was jealous how well his Milwaukee counterpart is greeted by fans.
“I had the pleasure of taking in a Brewers game with Mayor Tom Barrett last night,” de Blasio told a group at a speech Saturday in Milwaukee. “I was struck by how many people kept coming up to the mayor to thank him for his service.”
Geez, this guy. Continue reading Rub some dirt on it and walk it off, Bill De Blasio.
See, this is why I don’t actually believe in secret conspiracies running shadow governments: “Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.” Such things are still run by human beings; and human beings who are unlikely to be particularly more enlightened than myself. And since I would do everything in my power (if I had enough of it) to set this up – out of sheer anticipation of the malignantly glorious Democratic street brawl that would result – how could the Illuminati manage to resist the temptation?
I don’t know what de Blasio was hoping to accomplish with his presence, but this probably wasn’t it: “Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an “assassination.”” On the other hand, I don’t really know what de Blasio could have done that would have been the smart move, here*: his options are kind of limited at this moment. On the gripping hand, they’re limited by his own deeds, so expect my sympathy to be limited.
As to what de Blasio will do next… it’s a good question. The Mayor is almost certainly going to continue to resist any and all calls to resign, not least because his own staff would be infuriated. It’s unkind to suggest that every person working for de Blasio these days is equivalent to Rachael Noerdlinger, but the truth of the matter is that the Mayor owes a lot to the Working Families Party for his support. And the WFP is remarkably forthright in its opposition to the cops (sorry for those two links to hate sites). I suppose that de Blasio’s best hope right now is that the controversy dies down; if there are no further incidents, maybe things will get less tense.
…Maybe. Continue reading Oof: Bill de Blasio spurned by NYPD at Rafael Ramos funeral.
And they wonder why people point and laugh.
Seriously, these people would normally be yelling about Groundhog Day celebrations where the mayor didn’t off a groundhog. It’s a little weird that they’re honoring somebody with sciurid blood on his hands…
Said tardiness mentioned here: “In his short tenure in office Bill de Blasio has earned a new title, “Johnny come lately,” for his frequent tardiness at public events.” Anyway: no, really, I do Barack Obama, and I’m not being facetious about it. One of the first things we learned about the current Presidential administration is that when Barack Obama says that he’ll be speaking at, say, 1 PM, he actually means that he’ll start speaking at any number of points between about 1:15 and 1:40 or so. It’s gotten to the point it worries me when Barack Obama starts on time: it invariably means that whatever has happened is not actually good news.
So I figure that Bill de Blasio has decided that if Barack Obama can get away with being rude to everybody, so can he. This will probably end up being one of the poor career choices that Bill de Blasio will make as Mayor: the man is showing real skill at making enemies where he doesn’t have to.
But, hey, none of those minority kids refill Democratic coffers the way that the teachers’ unions do.
From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt, on Bill de Blasio:
Nice call, New Yorkers; you’ve elected a mayor who’s declared war on charter schools and horse-drawn carriages. What’s he going to go after next, the Statue of Liberty?
DO NOT GIVE THE MAN IDEAS, JIM.