Ideally, you’d want someone with a Bloombergian ability to give the government a post-quarantine kick-start, along with an inclusive personality that would make the city rally to his or her side. Don’t know we’ve got all that in anyone. But we’re about to reach the point where choices must be made, so if you ask me this again I promise I’ll have a less weaselly answer.
Bret: Sounds to me that what you’re hoping for is some kind of combination of Eric Adams, the ex-cop, and Ray McGuire, the financier. For me, the main thing is a mayor who, unlike the current useless resident of Gracie Mansion, gets along with the Police Department and understands that the city isn’t going to heal if people are afraid of getting on the subway or pushing a stroller through Times Square.
Gail: The Times endorsee, Kathryn Garcia, has a sensible middle-road position on the cop question. And I should say that I haven’t run into any other candidate who seems superior.
Bret: I had been warming to her until The Times endorsement.
Gail: Well, we can return to that next week. Meanwhile, let’s get back to the Republicans for a minute. Any real chance at all that the rebellious anti-Trumpers will form another party, as they’re threatening?
Bret: My former colleague Peggy Noonan had a smart column in The Wall Street Journal the other day, arguing that the idea of a right-of-center anti-Trump party is a fool’s errand. The weight of historical experience is on her side, and it’s true that the electoral system is set up to favor a political duopoly. But this time I think she’s mistaken.
Every healthy democracy needs a morally decent conservative party as a kind of brake on, or counterweight to, its progressive party. Right now we don’t have one, and the lesson of the Cheney episode is that we aren’t going to have one for a long time so long as Republicans are in thrall to Trump and his minions. So my view is that it is worth trying to start something fresh, either to force the G.O.P. to reform or to provide an alternative to it.
On the other hand, Democrats might wind up saving Republicans from themselves, which wouldn’t be the first time that happened. What worries you these days about your own side of the aisle?