Bill de Blasio is continuing his ridiculous quest to win the Democratic nomination despite garnering almost no support at all for his candidacy. Outmatched even by off-the-wall candidates like Marianne Williamson, the New York City mayor is traveling the country in an embarrassing and doomed attempt to gain traction with that non-existent collection of Democratic voters who want socialism but don’t like Bernie Sanders. With each twist and turn de Blasio’s campaign takes, the more obvious it is that an average New Yorker has a better shot of becoming president than the city’s mayor.
And this weekend in Iowa, a period was put on that fact.
From The New York Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his presidential dreams to a crowd of about 15 likely Democratic voters at an event Sunday morning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
With more than enough empty space to accommodate his 6-foot-5 frame, the quixotic candidate took the floor at Parlor City Pub to a smattering of applause from the sleepy brunch set.
“Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,” de Blasio told the crowd, which numbered around 15 — not counting the press corps, campaign staff and Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg, the event organizer.
“If we as Democrats are talking about that, we’re winning,” said de Blasio, before reiterating his campaign slogan, “Working people first.”
“Here’s the bottom line: We have a country that’s favored the 1 percent now for literally 40 years,” said de Blasio. “The rich have gotten richer. Everybody else has been pretty much treading water.”
We’re not 100% sure about what makes de Blasio so particularly unlikable in a sea of unlikable Democrats, but damn, fifteen people? That’s a crying shame. Surely this man has more important things to attend to back in the Big Apple.
Alas, maybe that’s what does the trick. This guy’s ego is enormous even by presidential candidate standards, and voters can sense that palpable arrogance. That it is completely unwarranted by the facts (de Blasio is currently polling at right around 0.0%) makes it that much worse. He comes across smarmy, cocky, and utterly clueless about the state of Americans’ lives outside of New York. And, judging from the way New Yorkers themselves feel about him, he may not be doing all that well with them, either.
“The mayor should definitely be here,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said at this weekend’s Dominican Day Parade. “He has a lot of potholes to fix in the city.”
But then, who would talk to those 15 people in Cedar Rapids?