Boy, if the Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020 were on a ship, the far left of that ship (“the port”) would be so crowded the entire boat would be in danger of capsizing.
Add to the list: New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio.
To be clear, Bill de Blasio wants to be president of the United States – not of Nicaragua, Venezuela, or Cuba. When it comes to Bill, that distinction has to be emphasized.
And what makes Bill more qualified than, say, Senators Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, to carry the lefty flag against climate change deniers, pro-lifers, and capitalist “millionaires and billionaires,” you ask?
Answer: his age:
Mayor de Blasio is putting out feelers to run for president, spreading whispers that Bernie Sanders, 75, and Elizabeth Warren, 68, are too old, sources say.
Isn’t that ageism? Why, yes it is.
Unfortunately for the youthful and spry 56-year old, he will have to compete against many candidates ahead of 2020, and some of them are not septuagenarians.
Among the other expected contenders will be New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, billionaire shark Mark Cuban, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Kamala Harris, and a slew of other senators, governors, and celebrities.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are rumored to be contestants as well, so Bill will not only not be the youngest in the race, he won’t have home field advantage either.
Still, the mayor has long made his intentions evident by voicing views on national issues such as Obamacare or the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and by commenting on events outside of New York such as the ill-fated Charlottesville rally.
Bill also created much controversy in his city by opting to go “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The free market has got to go!”-ing in Germany the day after a police officer in his city was slain. This is also seen as an attempt to bolster his name recogniztion and foreign policy cred in advance of the 2020 race.
One thing the capitalism-hating mayor will have in his favor in this race is, ironically, money.
According to Richard Johnson writing for Page Six,
De Blasio — who goes the extra mile to please his campaign donors and is richly rewarded for his service — was recently granted $2.57 million in city matching funds for his re-election. Whatever he doesn’t spend on the mayoral race can be rolled over to the coffers for his presidential campaign.
“The rumor is, he is setting up fund-raisers across the country after the election,” a veteran political consultant told me.
It is not clear however if Comrade de Blasio will find much support for his aspirations outside of his strongholds in New York City and Managua.