Bill De Blasio's Folly

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New York Post captured the general reaction to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s entry into the presidential race with their cover yesterday, a photo of New Yorkers busting out laughing at the news.

We should be mindful, in the era of Donald Trump, that anything can happen.

Still, it’s hard to see how de Blasio, an egotistical, unpopular mayor with a mediocre, ethically-challenged record and an apparent knack for unnecessarily alienating people, will make it to the White House, unless he takes the public tour.

But none of that is stopping him from giving it a try, and he’s hardly the first no-hoper to launch a campaign for the presidency.

Sometimes, they do it because it’s an attention-grabbing way of raising your public profile and enhancing your brand, for the purpose of selling books or getting hired to do a TV or radio show.

Other times, the goal is to land the number two spot on the ticket, or a cabinet appointment if your party’s nominee wins.

People close to New York politics are saying de Blasio is simply bored with being mayor, and this is a way to spend less time on the job.

How impressive.

But I will say this for de Blasio.

He grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and during 17 years in New York politics he has never abandoned his support for the Red Sox in order to pander to fans of those inferior New York teams.

That won’t win him any votes, but does earn him an iota of redemption.\

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