What's the Rush? Lack of Clinton Endorse a Non-Issue
by Anthony Stasi
Apr 22, 2015 | 4812 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is way too much made of Mayor Bill de Blasio refusing to endorse Hillary Clinton for president so soon.

The mayor, who has not had a good year by most accounts, has no reason to jump to an endorsement of the former Secretary of State. Why would he rush to endorse a candidate a year-and-a-half before the election?

Bloomberg waited until the 11th hour in 2012, and de Blasio should not have to prove his loyalty to a team he has already helped.

He managed Clinton’s senate campaign successfully and he can always hold a press conference and endorse her in the coming months. If he had endorsed her the day she announced her decision to run for president, it would have appeared as pandering.

De Blasio does not get high marks from progressive or conservative sides, but there is a certain style that de Blasio has when it comes to managing these types of events that is consistent.

The “why should I rush?” approach is his style, and at the very least, he does not discriminate.

The Democratic primary is going to feature a short list of potential nominees. Save for the possibility that a progressive firebrand like Elizabeth Warren jumps into the race, there is not going to be a big field with which Clinton will need to contend.

The mayor could have been more careful when he answered why he did not yet endorse Clinton, but the fact that he is taking his time is not a story. This is who he is. He does not rush into things.

This issue of de Blasio not carrying Hillary’s banner is more about the city and our expectations. For 20 years the most Type-A city in America had Type-A personalities in City Hall. That has changed since 2013.

Bill de Blasio fashions himself a true progressive, and one could argue that his reluctance to endorse Hillary Clinton is more about waiting for a better keeper of the faith to jump into the race. But in all likelihood, he is just avoiding looking too eager, which is a strategy that is not brand new to him.

The Lost Art of the Deal

Since January, Congress has voted on a lot of energy and environmental bills. There have been a total of 59 voted on in the Senate and 25 in the House of Representatives.

None of those bills made it into law, however. A lot of this activity had to do with the Keystone pipeline, which is understandable, since it is time-sensitive and a hot-button issue.

But Republicans in Washington could have been more open to alternative energy legislation, which may have gotten them closer to the pipeline. The tone set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be his party’s best stance.

Cutting carbon emissions has to be a priority for both parties, even if they are at odds with how far to go on the matter. The reason why gasoline prices dropped is because more people utilized alternative transportation and alternative energy sources.

We want those prices to continue to drop, and that means that Congress has to get behind effective wind, biodiesel, and solar policies. Congress needs to get better at crafting deals, even when – at times - it has a president who is not always willing to do the same.

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