I Thought Curtis Sliwa Joined the Hare Krishnas Years Ago

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Photo credit: Alexi Rosenfeld - Getty Images
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It’s off-off-year election night in America. I eschew predictions anywhere but at the track, and only then because at the track I’m surrounded by prognosticators as dumb as I am. Therefore, I stand out less in a crowd. Nevertheless, there are two calls I’m prepared to makes right now.

1) Terry McAuliffe Cannot Win Even If He Wins: Unless McAuliffe beats Glenn (Trumpkin) Youngkin by 103 percent of the vote, all the smart and savvy set are going to declare him—and the president—losers. Youngkin has rallied the rubes on the issue of how Critical Race Theory has infiltrated the public schools, which it has not, and everybody, including Youngkin, knows it. McAuliffe is beta-testing the principle that familiarity breeds contempt. And will the Democratic Party ever tire of throwing retreads at the voters? Paul Wellstone is killed and is replaced on the ticket by…Walter Mondale. In the pre-Jane Kleeb days, Nebraska Democrats kept rolling back the stone on Bob Kerrey. In Wisconsin, they gave Russ Feingold two shots to beat Ron Johnson for the Senate, and Tom Barrett two shots to beat Scott Walker for governor. Please, for the love of god, stop doing this. Or, if you must run the Undead, at least give Henry Wallace another spin around the track.

2) No matter who wins as mayor of Boston, it will not be a white, male scion of 19th-century immigrants. Two women of color, city councillors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, are the last two candidates standing after what has been a long campaign and—until the primary—a crowded field. Wu is the heavy favorite by any conventional measure. She is young and bright, a protege of Senator Professor Warren, with serious progressive policy chops. And I think we can bank the notion that the Boston City Council is now a launching pad for women of color. That was where Rep. Ayanna Pressley served before beating Congressman Mike Capuano. And now the Boston mayoralty is being contested by two nonwhite women from the City Council. If Dapper O’Neil weren’t dead, this would kill him.

Elsewhere, Minneapolis is voting on a police-reform package that has become a flashpoint now that we are apparently a sufficient distance from a police officer's murder of George Floyd. Governor Phil Murphy, whom the Smart Money once said was in the same kind of trouble as Terry McAuliffe, looks ready to cruise into another term. And I swear to god, before he turned up as the Republican candidate for mayor of New York, I thought Curtis Sliwa had joined the Hare Krishnas years ago.

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