It would be like Christmas every day until the first week in November.
The New York Post has to be reporting on a joke. But maybe, just maybe this is real…
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.
De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “Draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago.
Standing ready to back de Blasio against Clinton, said the operative, is the state’s small but influential Working Families Party, which has strong ties to de Blasio and is funded by some of the nation’s most powerful labor unions.
Earlier this year, the New York-based WFP urged Massachusetts Senator and Wall Street-bashing “progressive’’ favorite Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton and run for president — but she has repeatedly said she won’t do so.
“With Warren saying she’s not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the ‘draft’ candidate for the left in 2016. That’s why he refused to endorse Hillary last week,’’ contended the operative, who is involved in presidential politics.
Bill DeBlasio would be a far worse president than Hillary Clinton. DeBlasio would be a far worse president than Barack Obama, if that’s even conceivable. DeBlasio is actively turning New York City into Detroit, in record time – his mayoralty somewhat resembles the gangster/socialist takeover of Gotham City by Bane and his henchmen in The Dark Knight Rises. His record would make for a treasure trove of opposition research. He would be a modern-day George McGovern for the Democrat Party and suffer a similar electoral fate – even despite everything you hear about how the country is falling over to the Democrats little by little due to demographics.
To nominate DeBlasio would be an overreach of gargantuan proportions. It would be like the GOP nominating Allen West or Sarah Palin. A DeBlasio nomination might actually tear the Democrats apart by alienating black and Hispanic social conservatives, private-sector union workers and other more centrist elements within the party who would no longer be able to pretend theirs isn’t a Marxist, anti-capitalist and non-radical party.
It’s unlikely DeBlasio would get the nomination, though it isn’t unlikely Hillary Clinton will implode. She has too much baggage to be elected president and she’s being badly oversold as the inevitable Democrat nominee. But if DeBlasio pulled this off it would make for a glorious 2016 cycle.