Boy that Bill de Blasio is one lucky man. It all started when he was running against former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was the front-runner in the Democratic primary for mayor before imploding for the second time.
This week if you were visiting the United States for the holidays and saw de Blasio dominating the headlines, you might think he was big news. But when there is no news and there is a way to connect a story to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSuperdelegate sees sexism in criticism of Clinton GOP senator: Did Clinton email setup play a role in Russian invasions? Latinos key in Democratic battle for California delegates MORE's next presidential run — it becomes REALLY BIG NEWS.
The new mayor, who once ran Hillary's campaign for the U.S. Senate, will surely now be seen as a barometer of the Democratic left, and his support will be critical to Hillary's efforts to fend off any challengers from the liberal base of the party. But seriously, does the de Blasio wing of the party represent the center of the party or of the country? As Hillary embraces his rhetoric and calls for an extension of unemployment benefits, is she actually planning a swing back away from the middle to win the presidency in 2016?
There are strong supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton who have stood by them through thin and thick, and many of them represent significant financial and corporate interests both in New York and nationally. Most of them think Bloomberg was a great mayor, are furious with President Obama's "bank bashing" and aren't interested in anything Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Clinton with a moderate VP would be a 'disaster' Verizon, striking unions reach agreement in principle What Bernie needs to do right now MORE (Mass.) or other voices on the far left of the Democratic Party have to say.
But no matter Hillary's high-wire act, de Blasio will be fortunate to earn all the attention she gets him.
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