Conservative columnist George Will mockingly proclaimed his hope that the liberal resurgence headed by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is a real phenomenon, saying, “There’s nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism.”
“Fox News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace asked Will about whether leftist Bill de Blasio’s mayoral victory represents a rising tide of American liberalism:
WALLACE: George, do you see this as an aberration, as a one-off because it is New York City? Or as a — a sign that there’s something going on in terms of a resurgence of liberalism?
WILL: I hope there is the resurgence you talk about.
WALLACE: [Laughing] You’d like to see that.
WILL: Oh, there is nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism. Lyndon Johnson, after 1964, had huge majorities in Congress, had his way. Republicans won five of the next six and seven of the next nine presidential elections. Let him have his way in New York City and let people see what happens. There are more than 130 contracts with public employees unions that have been held in advance, until Mayor Bloomberg got out of there, because they assumed de Blasio and his compliant — not to say supine — city council will go along with anything they ask for. I give it three years and people will be begging for a return to something else.
Will went on to blast de Blasio’s plans for universal preschool, which he framed as a naked giveaway to teachers unions.
“There’s very little social science to suggest it does much for the children involved,” he said. “The real reason for it is it does a great deal for the teachers unions, because you have to hire teachers whoa re unionized who pay dues to the unions who pass them on in campaign contributions to people like… the new mayor.”
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