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Why the Hell Is Rand Paul Wooing Liberal San Franciscans?

San Francisco today is a bit of a conundrum-a historically progressive city, that is stubbornly holding on to progressive politics despite demographic and economic factors that would suggest that is changing. San Francisco is also a contested city where the possibly technolibertarian future is competing with the progressive legacy of the past. This, of course, is also true of much of New York. Swap a few street names, make the Mexican and Asian food several degrees worse and the Mission District or Bernal Heights could be parts of Brooklyn. One of the most intriguing aspects of this contestation is that unlike the 1970s when the competing visions, perhaps best expressed by the legacies Harvey Milk and Dan White, or the elections between David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani, the new urban conservatism is rarely recognized as such by those at its center.

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