Headline of the Day: “De Blasio first Democratic NYC mayor elected since the bad old days.”
Runner-Up: “Bill De Blasio Is Going To Let Liberals Down.”
The Daily News profiled the mechanics behind Bill de Blasio‘s primary win. “I was surprised by how much early polls drove the narrative and people didn’t say, ‘This is going to be a wide-open race,’” campaign managers Bill Hyers told the paper. “[Y]ou had a bunch of candidates with major flaws — and you had a candidate that didn’t have a major flaw.”
WNYC also looked at Mr. de Blasio’s victory, writing that there were many “fortuitous developments for de Blasio, including the Lhota campaign’s inconsistent attacks” but, “in the primary and the general, Bill de Blasio’s electoral fortunes were also lifted in ways that even the smartest tactician of New York politics couldn’t predict.”
While New York Post columnist Bob McManus warns of the upcoming “war” between Mr. de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “New York awoke Wednesday morning to find a new frog in the Democratic political pond. How will the old one take it? Most likely, not well. That’s because, in Andrew Cuomo’s eyes, he’s the Big Frog. Tadpoles need not apply.”
The Post‘s editorial board on Mr. de Blasio’s win: “But this day belongs to the winner, and so The Post congratulates de Blasio on his big victory. The challenge now goes from electioneering to governing, which we believe poses special challenges to the mayor-elect, given the campaign he ran.”
The News on the same topic: “But … de Blasio left largely unresolved how he would lift economic fortunes, as well as how he would tackle so many other mayoral duties, including driving down crime and driving up public school performance. Clarity is fast-approaching and inescapable.”
“You won’t have me to kick around for a while,” Joe Lhota declared in his second concession speech–channeling Richard Nixon–after video crews didn’t get a good shot of his first one.
And here’s video of the de Blasio family performing “the smackdown” last night.