Looking back through history, leftist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finds parallels from his own life to the likes of a great inventor, a captain of industry, and a spiritual guru loved the world over. However, there are very few Democrats who agree with de Blasio’s inflated self-importance.
Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere writes about this in his new piece, “What’s Bill de Blasio’s Problem?” It seems progressives like de Blasio have turned on the mayor despite his accomplishments in their favor:
The website for the Progressive Agenda Committee that Bill de Blasio launched in 2014 is now just an error message.
The mayors of Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and Boston all declined or didn’t return several requests to comment on him.
Friends and allies literally roll their eyes when they hear the New York City mayor is trying to go national again, and his own aides have become experts in stalling when he asks to do more, or at throwing distractions or making up excuses for why they weren’t able to pull something together. They hate it. They wish he would stop.
The big question is, does the mayor have plans to run for president? So far, the answer is “no.” But he did just take a trip to Iowa to talk up his progressive agenda. Unfortunately for him, he’s running out of allies that might take that possibility seriously. As Dovere states, leftists “don’t want him in this role” and find it “laughable” that de Blasio thinks he will have the support when other mayors and progressives “don’t respect” him.
“As long as they’re talking off the record, many Democratic leaders and operatives will trash de Blasio. They think he’s smug. Annoying. In it for himself without any follow-through,” Dovere writes. “The rap on de Blasio is that he likes to make a lot of noise but doesn’t like to do a lot of work, that he has an oversize sense of his own importance.”
Maybe because de Blasio says things like this:
“I want to talk to anyone who thinks that [I fail at having a national platform] and tell them they need to start thinking more. I mean, give me a break. So every time someone tries something and it doesn’t work, it invalidates anything else they might do going forward? Tell Thomas Edison that, and Henry Ford, tell Mahatma Gandhi. How many people fell on their faces along the way trying things, experimenting with things, had setbacks? There’s no leader who hasn’t had setbacks.”
Whoa there, partner. Edison and Ford completely revolutionized the world. No comparison. Even de Blasio realized, in almost the same breath, that he is just a “speck on the universe” standing next to those men, but it doesn’t take away the cringe-worthy fact that he compared himself to them before he seemingly backed off.
Yet, he still finds his own contributions in the political game to be quite a huge thing, as Dovere notes:
But ask him about Hillary Clinton, whose 2000 Senate campaign he managed but whose 2016 presidential campaign he was banished from because he slammed her for failing to have a progressive vision, and he’ll jump in with, “But I was right!”
“I was telling them they needed to have a clear progressive populist message, and they had to believe it. If they had, they would have won. I stand by it,” he said.
Keep talking, Mayor de Blah Blah Blah. Nobody's listening — not even your own people.