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Bill de Blasio has a big mouth, which is good, because he eats a lot of words.
For all his bluster, the 6’5” mayor of New York City loses a lot of political battles. And he loses them in public.
During his 2013 campaign, the Stringbean Sandinista made a big show of promising to ban horse carriages in the city on “day one” of his mayoralty: “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period. It’s over.” Well, today is day 568 of de Blasio’s reign, and the horseys are still clip-clopping around Central Park.
So much for the Progressive Avenger’s promises.
In his first month in office, de Blasio picked a public fight with one of the city’s best-known charter school operators—Eva Moskowitz—thundering that she needed to “stop being tolerated, enabled, supported.”
“There is no way in hell that Eva Moskowitz should get free rent, O.K.?” he crowed.
Well, here we are, day 568, and not only does Eva Moskowitz still get free rent, O.K.?, she’s got a new best friend in de Blasio’s biggest nemesis—Democratic New York governor Andrew Cuomo—and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running for mayor herself in 2017.
So much for the Brooklyn Beanstalk’s threats.
The latest own goal came yesterday when the very tall man born Warren Wilhelm, Jr., caved to pressure from Cuomo (and others) to drop his aggressive bid to cap the number of Uber cars allowed to operate in the city.
Just a few days ago, Mayor McWeed was talking tough: “I think it’s clear that as a corporation, as a multibillion-dollar corporation, Uber thinks it can dictate to government. I remind them that the government represents the people and the people’s larger interest, and that is more important than any one company’s needs.”
So much for the Dumbo Dictator’s dictates.
What’s actually clear is this: When Billy the Bull chooses a battle, he always ends up getting bruised and his opponent always comes away stronger. That’s a bad political formula, but it might actually be in the larger interest of the people of New York City.