Lots of people are talking about this article by Peter Beinart on the new new left:
Maybe Bill de Blasio got lucky. Maybe he only won because he cut a sweet ad featuring his biracial son. Or because his rivals were either spectacularly boring, spectacularly pathological, or running for Michael Bloomberg’s fourth term. But I don’t think so. The deeper you look, the stronger the evidence that de Blasio’s victory is an omen of what may become the defining story of America’s next political era: the challenge, to both parties, from the left. It’s a challenge Hillary Clinton should start worrying about now.
I’d like to believe this but I don’t. Yes, income inequality did drive the anti-Bloomberg movement, but income inequality in New York City is laughably extreme. Nationally, the leftward tilt of millennials is, in my opinion, as much cultural as economic. It’s true that Hillary 2016 should fear Elizabeth Warren more than Evan Bayh or Harold Ford, but do any of you see Warren besting Hillary in a primary? I don’t (though I’d personally vote for Warren in a primary).
It’s great that Peter Beinart, who used to punch hippies at the New Republic, is now cheering them on at the Daily Beast, but I agree with Atrios that it’s probably more because of professional circumstances than anything else:
I don’t have a fully fleshed out thesis here, but I do think there’s been a big change over the past few years in the tone from the New York chattering classes, as the bright (not so) young writers are beginning to recognize that shit is fucked up and bullshit for them, too, as their dreams of owning a place with a dishwasher in NYC recede and that house in the Hamptons that all of their senior colleagues own is a couple of lines below “unicorn pegasus” on the list of things they’re likely to possess one day.
As the evil internets suck the money out of journalism, some things will change for the better, some for the worse. It’s a shame that local newspapers will go out of business and national ones will become the personal property of Galtians. But it’s good that national journalists will be too poor to identify with the overclass.