Bill de Blasio and the ghost of Willie Horton

If you're of a certain age and were paying attention to politics in 1988, then you know that, apart from Michael Dukakis looking like the "Great Kazoo" of Flintstones fame during his ill advised helmet-wearing ride in an army tank, what really sank his hopes for the presidency was the Bush campaign's Willie Horton ad to illustrate that Dukakis was soft on crime.  Willie Horton was a convicted felon who, while serving a life sentence for murder, was the beneficiary of a weekend furlough program championed by Dukakis.  Horton never returned from his furlough, and, while a fugitive, he committed assault, armed robbery, and rape before being captured in Maryland, where he remains in prison to this day.  Skip ahead to 2020 in New York City, and here we have a mayor who is arguably more liberal and farther to the left than Michael Dukakis could ever be.  So when faced with a public health crisis and the spreading of the...(Read Full Post)
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