Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty of New York by running a demagogic campaign against the New York Police Department. He has now compounded the injury by dropping the city’s appeal of an equally deceitful court opinion that found that the department’s stop, question, and frisk practices deliberately violated the rights of blacks and Hispanics. De Blasio may thus have paved the way for a return to the days of sky-high crime rates.
I don’t think there is any “may” about it. New Yorkers have spent the past twenty years under administrations headed by non-Democrats. Rudy Giuliani broke the back of the crime-raddled pesthole created by Abe Beam, Ed Koch, and David Dinkins. But twenty years is a long time. There are a lot of New Yorkers who probably have almost no real memory of those times or have somehow come to believe that the current situation is permanent, and has no connection to the policies of the non-Democrats.
We’ll see if they are right. The smart money isn’t betting that way, though.