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QUOTE OF THE DAY: San Francisco Has Never Tried Liberalism

Justin Miller, an editor at New York Magazine, claimed Monday that San Francisco is too conservative to appreciate San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was facing a recall.

THE QUOTE

“San Francisco, governed by Republicans for most of the 20th century, doesn’t rest on a New Deal foundation and increasingly lacks a working-class population to bolster progressive candidates,” Miller tweeted, linking a new article for the magazine by writer Ross Barkan.

Boudin has instituted a variety of progressive reforms, including abolishing cash bail and establishing a commission for reviewing wrongful convictions.

  • Critics have characterized him as soft on crime and blamed him for a crime spike, including a 36% rise in murders since 2019.
  • But Barkan argued that Boudin’s political survival has been thrown into doubt because of San Francisco’s lack of “the legacy of a social-democratic state forged with New Deal largesse.”
  • He blamed the city’s lack of subsidized housing for homelessness encampments and the sort of “Black political Establishment” that protects progressive prosecutors in other cities.

INTO THE ECHO CHAMBER

Miller and Barkan weren’t alone in defending Boudin ahead of Tuesday’s recall election — other liberal luminaries have also claimed San Francisco’s problems have little to do with the prosecutor.

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