The most rational response to the news that
When informed that he wants to be president of
One of the more charming things about de Blasio is his amiable lack of self-awareness. He seems to have no idea that he doesn't impress anybody. The obliviousness is somewhat understandable. He did get elected -- twice. But his victories have more to do with the dysfunction of
In 2013 he won the Democratic primary -- which assured victory in the fall -- in the lowest election turnout in decades. After 3 percent of New Yorkers voted for him, he saw a landslide.
He must bring a similar perspective to his poll numbers. According to a
It was famously said of
The same dynamic isn't at work with de Blasio. He didn't grow up poor, but he didn't grow up rich either. Politically, he is the consummate example of someone born -- or in this case elected -- on home plate who can't understand why no one in the stands is cheering his home run. When he was poised to win re-election, he was asked by
They're not, because he is a Ferris Bueller. In the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Ferris (
"De Blasio's record as mayor doesn't have a policy theme," writes
Worse, de Blasio takes credit for the successes of his predecessors on crime, poverty and the economy but refuses to take responsibility for the growing problems on his watch, from abysmal mass transit to an exploding homeless population.
And that points to the real problem with de Blasio: He's lazy. He's famous for being asleep on the job -- literally. He often oversleeps, arriving late for important events such as funerals or, in one case, an event in his own residence. "Some voters have a perception that he has an up-at-the-crack-of-noon attitude," political strategist
This laziness isn't just physical but intellectual. Like the president of a college chapter of the Young Socialists, de Blasio is the sort of politician who thinks rolling out of bed and announcing something is the same thing as doing something, that boldness in rhetoric is a substitute for boldness of action. New Yorkers -- even very liberal New Yorkers -- see that.
Still, it makes sense that de Blasio is running, because in a field of 24 (and counting) contenders, and with no future political prospects in his home state, he's got little to lose. He can raise money from rubes who haven't been burned already, get on a bunch of TV shows, and -- who knows? -- he lucked out before. Maybe he'll stumble to the front of another parade.
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