With Betsy Hodges’ administration rolling downhill faster than Creed’s career bell curve, Minneapolis looks likely to swerve hard left.
As hard left as Ray Dehn? Maybe not – maybe Jacob Frey appears like a sensible moderate in comparison with the other frontrunner in the mayoral race. Maybe. This is Minneapolis.
But Dehn’s remarks in the wake of the Noor shooting, the resignation of chief Harteau, and the pandemonium at Hodges’ press conference gives Dehn a yuge platform, at least for now. And he’s using it – for better or worse:
Crime is not a product of individual morality but the consequence of scarcity in our society. We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system which continues to uphold white supremacy. Our approach to public safety must reflect a belief that our communities are safer when they have housing, clean air and water, access to education and employment, and quality healthcare.
“Like if you took away Thurgood Marshall’s bank account, you think you’d see him selling crack at the Union Station bus terminal?”
– P. J. O’Rourke
Is Minneapolis anywhere close to hitting “Peak Left?” A moment like the 1977 New York Blackout, prompting New Yorkers to stop the insanity?
I don’t think so. Minneapolis’s DFL establishment is controlled by people who aren’t affected by the city’s collapse; people in Kenwood, Nicollet Island, Minnehaha Parkway and the like, who can and do remain above it all – or, like Alondra Cano, dabble in “it all” for effect.
Remember all the Democrats who rode Detroit, Camden, Oakland, Newark and New Orleans straight into the ground, bleating about peoples’ “best interests” all the way.
It’s gonna get worse before it gets better, Minneapolis. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.