Last night, my Dad and I spoke on the phone and discussed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the snowstorm. Dad has been very receptive to de Blasio, but his decision to keep the public schools open has given him pause. Indeed, Dad suggested that if de Blasio continued to conduct himself in this manner that his name would become synonymous with incompetence. If Lucas Duda dropped a fly ball, Mets fans might say, “Duda made another de Blasio,” or “The Mets are making a de Blasio of things this season.” Dad also predicted that de Blasio would be a one-term mayor. Of course, this sentiment has been echoed by longtime Today Show weatherman Al Roker, although he has since expressed regret for that Tweet.
I don’t why Roker should be regretful here. Consider something de Blasio said at yesterday morning’s press conference:
So many families depend on their schools as a place for their kids to be during the day, a safe place where they are not only taught, they get nutrition and they are safe from the elements.
Um, gee, I think New York City’s public school students would have been fed and safe from the elements had they been allowed to stay at home yesterday. This statement reveals that de Blasio places ideology above common sense. In some ways, it is reminiscent of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent statement that children don’t belong to their parents.
If this is how de Blasio conducts himself during a snowstorm, then how would he conduct himself if, God forbid, another terrorist attack was carried out in New York City? I hope we never have to find out. Sadly, such a calamity is not beyond the realm of possibility. In which case, God help New York City.