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Bloomberg's win in New York

I was waiting for Republicans licking their wounds from Tuesday's elections to point to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election in New York City as a sign of promise. Jessica McBride has come through on that front.

Conventional wisdom would tell you that a Republican couldn't get elected mayor in heavily Democratic New York City. However, the experience of Rudy Giuliani taught us that liberal Republicans can.

On Bloomberg, it's important to keep in mind that he was a lifelong Democrat until 2001. It's common knowledge in New York that the only reason he switched parties was to avoid a crowded primary race on the Democratic side. He has maintained a liberal record on the issues which is why he's able to get Democratic votes. If I was a conservative Republican, I wouldn't find solace in Bloomberg's victory.


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