Why is there less outrage for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s potential 2020 candidacy than West’s? Because he won some elections in a heavily Democratic city after spending years embedding himself within the local political machines? The man’s got an under-50-percent approval rating in a city where 68 percent of registered voters are Democrats.
In truth, we should be more receptive to a Kanye-type candidacy than one from Hizzoner. Overall, the shift to candidates from industries other than politics will be good — it can break the political conversation out of stale partisan routines while providing a much-needed reality check for Americans who have, over the past century, come to put too much faith and power in the office of the presidency at the expense of the constitutional system of checks and balances.
As West said, it’ll require free thinkers.