Not long ago, New York City Mayor Bai Sihao officially announced his participation in the 2020 presidential election. According to polls, 73% of New York Democrats believe he should not stand for election. Non-Democrats are even more ridiculed about his “White House Dream.”
Bai Sihao has a general performance in the mayor’s appointment, and his ideology is radical, so it is not surprising that he is opposed. Others hope that he will not add chaos to the Democratic Party, where the presidential candidates are “overcrowded.”
Before Bai Sihao, there were three (previous) mayors in New York who had played the White House. In March 1972, New York City Mayor John Lindsay was eager to announce his candidacy for the presidency. One month later, he found that he could not win and he could only withdraw. In February 2007, Rudolf Giuliani, the mayor of New York, announced his participation in the 2008 presidential election. Because of the accumulation of prestige in the response to the “9.11” terrorist attack, Giuliani was in the middle of the polls, but he eventually lost. Another former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was tempted by the White House several times, but every time he was weighed, he did not run for the election.
In fact, not only the mayor of New York, but the nationwide scope, if the person who has been the mayor wants to choose the president, hope is not big.
In history, a total of three presidents in the United States have served as mayors: Andrew Johnson, who succeeded the president after Lincoln’s assassination, briefly served as the mayor of Greenville, Tennessee, in the early years; Cleveland, who twice entered the White House at the end of the 19th century, served as New York The mayor of the state of Buffalo; President Coolidge, who was in charge of the government from 1923 to 1929, served as the mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts. After Coolidge, no American president was a mayor.
Why is it difficult to become a president when he is a mayor? Some analysts believe that this is related to the US political system and the characteristics of the city.
First, in the United States, many important decision-making powers, such as tax cuts, which are highly regarded by the public, belong to officials or parliaments at the federal or state level, so the governor can often demonstrate “decision-making ability”. The mayor is mainly responsible for the daily operation of the city.
This kind of structure leads the governor to take the limelight and make meritorious deeds, while the mayor does something that is “not thankful”. For example, the governor announced a drastic tax cut, and the mayor must consider how to comfort the school’s teachers in the event of a reduction in funding.
Second, the state government is usually located in a small city, the security is relatively good, the governor takes into account the interests of urban and rural areas, and it is easy to please voters. In large cities, due to the large population and developed media, the mayor’s officers have been stunned; compared with the murders, drugs, and government corruption in big cities, the mayor’s achievements are often less noticeable.
Third, because the mayor is going to do specific things, he is usually good at coordination and good at compromise. In the US political campaign, what is needed is “conflict”. It is necessary to draw a line with the party to highlight the difference between himself and the other camp. The mayor has not enough experience in this regard to “enforce the enemy”. It is more difficult to get support from the party when running for the president.
In recent years, the mayors of many cities in the United States have also begun to take the initiative to create their own image of good decision-making and understanding of the country’s government. In addition, the Democratic Party’s voters are mostly in the city, and the Democratic Party’s mayor is basically stable. Many people hope to be in the national political arena. Make a difference.
Among the current Democratic presidential candidates, in addition to Bai Sihao, there is also Pitt Butigig, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and Senator John. Neanders and Corey Booker also served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, respectively.
The mayor’s “near example” of not being able to break the US president can be broken. The 2020 election is an observation window.