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Bill de Blasio’s New York

by Reihan Salam

It has a lot of poor people, and the rich liberals like it that way

Chances are that Bill de Blasio will be the next mayor of New York City. As the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic metropolis that voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by an 81 percent–to–18 percent margin in last year’s presidential election, de Blasio has a built-in advantage. The question that remains is whether his all-but-inevitable victory represents a new phase in the history of American liberalism.

Some observers, including Peter Beinart (writing in The Daily Beast), have argued that de Blasio is a harbinger of an energized political Left, led by Millennials who, according to data from the Pew Research Center, favor bigger government at much higher levels than the rest of the electorate, and at higher levels than younger voters of earlier eras.

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