THE DE BLA­SIO EF­FECT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Who is the lat­est brave pro­gres­sive stan­dard bearer? Why, that would be newly minted New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, who has been anointed as the pop­ulist fa­vorite by the press for now, what with Pres­i­dent Obama keep­ing a very low pro­file in Hawaii this week. Cur­rent White House pool re­ports can only re­veal what color golf shirt Mr. Obama hap­pens to be wear­ing, de­spite the fact that 40 jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers and tech­ni­cians have ac­com­pa­nied him on his va­ca­tion, which ends on Tues­day. Mr. de Bla­sio’s re­cent swear­ing-in cer­e­mony, mean­while, drew in­tense news cov­er­age. For­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton swore him in, ac­com­pa­nied by Hil­lary Clin­ton who sported a snappy new hairdo — very blonde and very fringey — surely a sign she was ready to run for pres­i­dent in 2016. Or not.

Such things gal­va­nize the me­dia, for bet­ter or worse. Mr. de Bla­sio’s inau­gu­ra­tion was sub­ject to in­ter­pre­ta­tion among jour­nal­ists and news or­ga­ni­za­tions ea­ger to seize on metaphor, ex­trap­o­late on greater im­pli­ca­tions for the en­tire Demo­cratic Party and pre­dict how the new mayor will fare dur­ing Man­hat­tan emer­gen­cies. A se­lec­tion of head­lines:

“Red Dawn” (“In­stapun­dit” Glenn Reynolds), “Bill in the China shop” (Na­tional Re­view), “Cam­rade de Bla­sio takes over” (Front Page), “Is New York’s de Bla­sio prompt­ing a repo­si­tion­ing of the Clin­tons?” (The Wash­ing­ton Post), “NYC Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, Clin­tons make po­lit­i­cal mar­riage of­fi­cial” (ABC News), “Clin­ton has ques­tion­able value as a sym­bol of the kind of pro­gres­sive change de Bla­sio has promised” (The Na­tion), “Clin­tons chris­ten Bill de Bla­sio to Shore Up Hil­lary’s Left” (Daily Beast), “Hil­lary’s bangs wel­come Mayor de bla­sio to of­fice” (Huff­in­g­ton Post), “Is de Bla­sio the fu­ture of the Demo­cratic party?” (U.S. News and World Re­port), “Snow­storm an early test for New York mayor” (Reuters). al­ways have a boat­load of weed in it, as it does in this recipe, but when I thought of foods that would be per­fect when med­i­cated, this came quickly to mind. It’s pretty easy to make. Lots of but­ter, so a per­fect recipe for a med­i­cated make-over. When cook­ing with mar­i­juana, you need fat,” ad­vises chef Lau­rie Wolf in her de­but col­umn for the site, not­ing that she is ded­i­cated to “high qual­ity med­i­cated food.” a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and 33 per­cent a pos­i­tive one, he adds.

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