THE DE BLASIO EFFECT
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.