Fun new issue in NYC mayoral race: Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?

posted at 6:41 pm on September 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Granted, the fact that he became an “ardent supporter” of the Sandinistas while working as an activist in Nicaragua in the late 80s and chose Cuba as his honeymoon spot after he got married is troubling but doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a communist now. Luckily, a local news show in NYC put the question to him this morning, sort of:

This morning, during an appearance on PIX 11 news, he was asked whether he was a “radical, left-wing Democrat.”

“I’m a progressive and I’m a Democrat, that’s right,” he responded, describing his philosophy in the tradition of President Franklin Roosevelt.

So, yeah, he’s a communist. Alternate headline: “De Blasio’s huge lead in mayoral race expected to widen.”

Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government…

Mr. de Blasio became an ardent supporter of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries. He helped raise funds for the Sandinistas in New York and subscribed to the party’s newspaper, Barricada, or Barricade. When he was asked at a meeting in 1990 about his goals for society, he said he was an advocate of “democratic socialism.”…

In a recent interview, Mr. de Blasio said his views then — and now — represented a mix of admiration for European social democratic movements, Mr. Roosevelt’s New Deal and liberation theology.

Mr. de Blasio remained supportive of the Sandinistas, often referred to by their acronym, F.S.L.N., even after they lost power. “People who had shallow party sympathies with the F.S.L.N. pretty much dropped everything when they lost,” said Jane Guskin, a fellow activist in the solidarity group. “Bill wasn’t like that.”

He did tell the Times that the Sandinistas were “not free enough by any stretch of the imagination” because of their crackdown on opposition radio stations and newspapers, but precisely when he figured that out is unclear. He was still moon-eyed about them circa 1990, when the Times interviewed him for a story about American leftists who were wistful for the group after its defeat. Quote:

Joe Lhota, the GOP nominee for mayor, took the easy lay-up this morning:

“Bill de Blasio needs to explain himself — and explain himself now — to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who escaped Marxist tyranny in Asia, Central America, and from behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe,” he said in a statement.

“Mr. de Blasio’s involvement with the Sandinistas didn’t happen in 1917; it happened 70 years later when the cruelty and intrinsic failure of communism had become crystal clear to anyone with a modicum of reason. Mr. de Blasio’s class warfare strategy in New York City is directly out of the Marxist playbook. Now we know why.”

I’m curious to see if red-baiting this guy moves the polls even a little. In fairness to the liberals who run New York, they’re much more Bloombergian than de Blasian, I think. They’re happy to micromanage the hoi polloi’s soda consumption, but they also love, love, love their limousines. Having a Sandinista fan in charge of the heart of American capitalism won’t sit entirely easy with them. But then, the demographics are what they are: Per the latest poll, de Blasio leads Lhota … 65/22. This Nicaragua business may be just the trick the underdog needs to secure a respectable 30-point loss, my friends.

Oh well. If New York needs to re-learn a lesson about the glories of having a full-fledged liberal as mayor, it’s fitting that they choose a guy who didn’t learn his own historical lessons. And by the way, just for fun: Obama chose the very day that the Times’s story about de Blasio’s romance with the Sandinistas dropped to endorse him for mayor. They’re meeting tonight in NYC since O’s in town for the UN General Assembly. Exit question: de Blasio/Warren 2020?


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Why not? The Democrat party is 95% almost there. Amazing how in 50 years the Democrat party went full commie.

Oil Can on September 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Exit question: de Blasio/Warren 2020?

So what, you only giving Hillary one term?

BKeyser on September 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Why not? Obama was a dues-paying member of The New Party in Chicago, an openly Socialist party.

So one Marxist politician endorses another. Just business as usual in modern Amerikkka.

AZCoyote on September 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Won’t budge the needle, not even the smallest tick. Deblabber has put himself so far up Barky’s crack that you would need the Jaws of Life to get him back out, all he ever says is some version of “I want to do/be/act like preznit Dog Eater”.

The leftist NYC trash will eat that up like a bowl of gluten-free soy flakes floating in rice milk and topped with melted carob and then vote accordingly. The man has already said he will raise taxes through the roof, doesn’t matter, mention Dog Eater and commies swoon.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

He’s not far enough left for Obama to endorse him, but I guess he’s the best the O can do.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Democrats are Communists by another name, who hasn’t figured that out yet?

Do a comparison sometime between what the Democrats want and what the folks at the Communist Party USA want. Good luck finding any substantial difference between them.

Axion on September 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I hope they elect him 3 times and New York returns to the good old days

Aggie95 on September 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

“Bill de Blasio needs to explain himself — and explain himself now — to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who escaped Marxist tyranny in Asia, Central America, and from behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe,” he said in a statement.

 
That’s easy. It was only horrible because the wrong people were in charge.
 
This time will be different…

rogerb on September 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I cannot believe anyone is actually asking this silly question. Of course he is a communist, for the modern term “progressive” is simply a euphemism for communist. This bozo is no different.

Henry Bowman on September 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Dog Eater did endorse him (so did Killary and Slick):

“Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City,” Obama, a Democrat, said today in a statement distributed by de Blasio’s campaign

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The endorsement naturally came on the heels of this pandering from Deblabber:

“I think what he did in achieving health-care reform will go down in history as one of the fundamental acts of fairness and justice in modern memory. I think it’s an example of government at its finest.”

Brown-nosing lickspittle.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Welcome to Detroit on the Hudson if he’s elected.

tru2tx on September 24, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and waddles like a duck, it is very likely a duck.

This guy is an absolute piece of work – as far left as our jacobin President. Honeymooned, apparently against the law, in Cuba. Actively supported some of the bloodiest Communist junta’s in Central America. And won the NYC primary from running on the left promising far more that can be delivered to the NYC low information voter.

If he is elected as Mayor of New York, as the polls indicate he will be, he will be far worse for the city than David Dinkins – and NYC will, within 4 years, be a horrible blend of Detroit and Chicago. Low information voters, women, and minorities will be hurt the most.

Athos on September 24, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Headline rewrite:

OBAMA TO CITY: RESET!

de rigueur on September 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

New York city mayor a communist?

I’m down with that….
….as long as he confiscates all property and redistributes it.

I’ll take me one of them penthouse condos on Central Park West.

MichaelGabriel on September 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

…from the frying pan…into the fire!

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Sure he’s a communist and New York will still elect him and the people his policies will hurt most will be the ones voting for him. Losers…

major dad on September 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

All the hard work by Ed Koch & Rudy Giuliani to be undone.

rbj on September 24, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Glad I got to see New York when I did. No need to ever go back.

gophergirl on September 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Bend over NYC, this dick is going to spend everybody’s $. He’s on the socialist mission to make each of you equally miserable. Any Americans left in NYC?

StevC on September 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The ‘isms’ and ‘ists’ don’t really matter, since all corrupt political systems work the same.

PersonFromPorlock on September 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I honestly pray this guy gets stuck with the commie label.

Low-Fi voters will hear nothing else, then be so confused about voting they won’t show.

He’ll still win, but the city and country will think NY’s only choices were a Commie or Weiner.

Fitting.

budfox on September 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Obama chose the very day that the Times’s story about de Blasio’s romance with the Sandinistas dropped to endorse him for mayor.

Birds of a feather.

But Nancy Pelosi says Barry is bi-partisan.

Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on September 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Wow, the NYC hate parade is out is full force tonight…

Exit question: de Blasio/Warren 2020?

Are you kidding? More like Warren/de Blasio maybe…She’s the bright, rising star amongst the liberal Left that I know.

Anyway, de Blasio a commie? Doesn’t surprise me. Gonna need to find a much bigger skeleton in his closet to keep him out of Gracie Mansion. Barring that, he’s the next mayor. May God have mercy on us.

Still, NYC is the greatest city in the world. It’s OK, be jealous flyover country. We don’t like you either :P

JetBoy on September 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Wow! This bum is way “cool” for being a communist, let’s elect him bru!

And that’s how he will get elected and all kinds of crap is coming down the pike for you idiot New Yorkers….

Sherman1864 on September 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Ned Isakoff for mayor!

22044 on September 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

In a democracy, people get the government they deserve. Enjoy him, New York City.

SAZMD on September 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Glad I got to see New York when I did. No need to ever go back.

gophergirl on September 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Great city, greatest city in the World, but damn, there’s a lot of stupid people living there.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Scratch a progressive, find a fascist.

rob verdi on September 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Who cares?! Our President was tutored by self-proclaimed Communist Frank Marshall Davis…and no one cared enough to NOT vote for HIM.

easyt65 on September 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

White House and Gracie Mansion…?

d1carter on September 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Greatest city in the world, huh, except a tourist can’t get themselves a 20oz big gulp. -_-

I’ll take my little city nearby where I can eat a fantastic hamburger from a cow butchered nearby that very day, then walk out the back door and shoot skeet on their range, and all of it located on a beautiful, unpolluted river.

NYC also has gay people who eat hats.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Just what NYC needs – go from Nanny to Communist in one easy step.

redguy on September 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

NYC also has gay people who eat hats.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

They eat a lot more than hats my friend, a lot more……

redguy on September 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Still, NYC is the greatest city in the world. It’s OK, be jealous flyover country. We don’t like you either :P

JetBoy on September 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Snob.

itsspideyman on September 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

All those leftie freaks pining for Cuba in America have noooo idea what’s about to hit them.

But good luck with all that, nothing like having the worst of Brooklyn on every street in the city.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I live in NYC, and the thought of going back to the Dinkins days is making me very seriously contemplate leaving for good.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

JetBoy on September 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Greatest city in world! What does that really mean? Oh yeah, you get to put up with every BS regulation some government do gooder thinks up. So as one of those fly over country hicks I’m so not jealous.

chemman on September 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

“I’m a progressive and I’m a Democrat, that’s right,” he responded, describing his philosophy in the tradition of President Franklin Roosevelt.

Oh, so he has surrounded himself with Communists…

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Exit question: de Blasio/Warren 2020?

you joke about it now.

sesquipedalian on September 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Should be Warren/de Blasio. She’s more radical than he is.

chris999 on September 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I am glad this happening. NYC needs to eat what they throw at others.

This is why I want stop and frisk ended, because it allows NYC to claim gun control stopped crime when it was stop and frisk. I want those wealthy white liberals in NYC, who always demonize people who live in the country for loving their freedom and guns and bibles, to suffer and this is sweet justice in my book.

William Eaton on September 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I live in NYC, and the thought of going back to the Dinkins days is making me very seriously contemplate leaving for good.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

you’re half way there with no stop and frisk. I used to commute in to NYU in those days. Scary stuff.

chris999 on September 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Snob.

itsspideyman on September 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Rube.

How NY sees the USA

Greatest city in world! What does that really mean? Oh yeah, you get to put up with every BS regulation some government do gooder thinks up. So as one of those fly over country hicks I’m so not jealous.

chemman on September 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Spot on about the bs regs…there’s no shortage of those around here. I can’t scratch my arse without possibly violating a few laws and regulations.

NYC also has gay people who eat hats.

Bishop on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Hey now…I didn’t support “he who shall be nameless” (or is it “shameless”) because I thought he was cute. :P

JetBoy on September 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM

If we taught our kids in school how Marxism in practice is a proven failure that has led to hundreds of millions of deaths and has never fulfilled its promises, as opposed to teaching it as an ideal like our education system does now, then candidates like de Blasio wouldn’t stand a chance of getting elected as dog catcher much less Mayber of NYC.

Socratease on September 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Anyone still feel like laughing at McCarthy?

CurtZHP on September 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Sure let a moron who supports an economic theory that has failed everytime it ha ever been tried be mayor of the city that houses capitalism. Makes perfect sense.

Ellis on September 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Fun new issue in NYC mayoral race: Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?

What difference at this point does it make?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Yes the Sandanista is in lead but don’t forget the female candidate is married to another woman, the Chinese candidate, just as left wing, has a non-stop history of bribery and corruption and friends with numbers for names and then there’s Weiner. No matter who wins, the city is in deep caca.

MaiDee on September 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Let’s face it: Unless he texted selfies of his semi-turgid unit dressed up like a little Daniel Ortega, topped off with a little olive drab hat, to the entire residency of an Catholic orphanage, NY’ers will elect him.

What the hell is wrong with that town?

SailorDave on September 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I grew in the NYC metro area. Lots of relatives still in “da City.” It amazes me that out of a population of over 8 million, all they could come up with as candidates for Mayor were these nutjobs?!!!

Amazin’!

NavyMustang on September 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

De Blasio in 12 months = France’s Hollande.

Robert_Paulson on September 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Of course he is a communist. The problem is too many people don’t care that that is not a good thing. This guy will make bloomy look good.

TerryW on September 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

New Yorkers haven’t learned from history (remember The Little General, David Dinkins?), so they are doomed to repeat it.

Ward Cleaver on September 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM