New York Just Isn’t Lib­eral About Bagels

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Telling some­one what to eat — or what not to eat — is sim­ply not kosher. Democrats es­pe­cially should have no truck with such di­etary pro­scrip­tions at all. Ad­her­ence to this prin­ci­ple is pre­sum­ably what drove Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial nom­i­na­tion hope­ful, ac­tor and gay rights ac­tivist Cyn­thia Nixon, bet­ter known as Mi­randa from Sex and the City, to bravely or­der a raisin and cin­na­mon bagel filled with smoked salmon (lox to the lo­cals), cream cheese, tomato, onion and ca­pers at a cru­cial point in her cam­paign. This reck­less out­ing of her pref­er­ences may have con­trib­uted to her in­evitable de­feat by the Demo­crat in­cum­bent, New York state Gover­nor Andrew Cuomo this week. Her break­fast choice ap­pears to have been a worse in­farc­tion than New York City mayor Bill de Bla­sio eat­ing pizza with a knife and fork, un­wit­tingly echo­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s un­abashed use of cut­lery for pizza and KFC. Nixon should have been re­minded that not only did Trump then lose New York to Hil­lary Clin­ton in the 2016 elec­tions, but back in 1972, pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ge­orge McGovern also tasted de­feat there af­ter or­der­ing milk along with a kosher hot dog. It is un­for­tu­nate that a lib­eral bas­tion like New York chooses to be so un­bend­ing when it comes to bagels, piz­zas and other co­mestibles. Surely, there is more to a can­di­date than the kind of bagel he or she eats?

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