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De Blasio's coronavirus failures: Let's count them

Added 03-31-20 05:13:02am EST - “Frequently, when considering failed leadership ?" whether in business, entertainment or politics ?" we pin the blame on toxic masculinity. Culprits ranging from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump are pegged as narcissistic, manipulative…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “De Blasio’s coronavirus failures: Let’s count them”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Frequently, when considering failed leadership — whether in business, entertainment or politics — we pin the blame on toxic masculinity. Culprits ranging from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump are pegged as narcissistic, manipulative and, ultimately, amoral. These traits are representative of everything we do not want in the men (and women) who are making decisions that will affect our lives.

As New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor de Blasio has become emblematic of a different type of dysfunctional governance. Although no one can deny that he is genuinely committed to helping the poor and marginalized, the mayor has made New Yorkers pay the price for his grandiose vision of himself as a moral leader.

There had already been signs that de Blasio was not prepared to deal with the gritty realities and hard choices of governance. His short-lived run for the presidency was as buffoonish as it was delusional. He was absent from the city during a paralyzing summer blackout in 2019. And he hired a schools chancellor who has needlessly pitted Asian-American families against African-American and Latino ones.

In each case, there was an unlikely blend of grandiosity and incompetence. He has set himself up as the liberal standard-bearer who stands for all that is good in progressive politics. In his own mind, accomplishments apparently mean less than intentions. The very righteousness of his ideas is all that counts.

Now, in as stark a crisis as New York City has ever faced, the mayor managed to all at once deny the pending dangers of the coronavirus and then to overreact.

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