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All are bigger than South Bend. And their mayors are not unaware. A look at an occasionally bewildered class of 2020 spectator: the non-Pete mayor in the Mayor Pete moment.
There is a way that people generally run for president. And there is whatever Mr. Bloomberg is doing.
Matt Flegenheimer“I just rented a baby,” the candidate reported, gripping the child from the midsection with both hands and spinning a little. Then onto the next.
Seventeen highly-optimized, frequently strange, occasionally soybean-adjacent hours with Mike Bloomberg
He was told he would lose. In any other year, he probably would have. But 2001 was not any other year.
Matt Flegenheimer"You're going to lose," Giuliani told Bloomberg. In any other year, he probably would have. But 2001 was not any other year.
Our latest 2020 Long Run installment, w/ the singular @maggieNYT, who knows a thing or two about '01
All summer, she was soaring, slinging buzzy plans and climbing in the polls. It’s not summer anymore.
Matt Flegenheimer“Okay!” “Alrighty!” So!”
All summer, Elizabeth Warren was ascendant, powered by plans, picture lines and performative problem-solving. It’s not summer anymore.
On her precarious moment of (at least temporary) plateau
In her first race, she defied her old boss, a fund-raising pledge — and the implication that she owed her career to her ex-boyfriend.
Matt FlegenheimerKamala doesn’t talk about Willie Brown much. Her comments on him in our interview are worth a look, IMHO.
Willie Brown talks about Willie Brown quite a bit. But he turned me down under the guise of newspaper biz competition: “I write for the Chronicle.”
The New York mayor turned quixotic presidential candidate seems sick of his city—and the feeling is mutual.
Matt Flegenheimer"He could have been the guy." Instead he became...this guy. What happened with Bill de Blasio? My piece for @NYTmag
Matt FlegenheimerBill de Blasio is on Hannity now. He seems to be enjoying himself. Anyway, ICYMI
Matt Flegenheimer“There’s a little bit of an affectation in the question of, you know, ‘Is it fun?’ ” Bill de Blasio told me. “I’d never thought it was going to be in that sense.”
His prediction has held.
In print today in @NYTmag, w/ fantastic photos from @philip_nyc
When Gov. Jay Inslee boasted of being “the only candidate here who has passed a law protecting a woman’s right of reproductive health,” Senator Amy Klobuchar couldn’t help but point out that “there’s three women up here.”
In 1988, Joe Biden was prone to embellishment. Hints of that linger today. But unlike then, his message to voters is clear: He’s a stabilizing statesman in a tumultuous time.
Matt Flegenheimer"I marched with tens of thousands of others to change attitudes," Biden said of the civil rights movement in his '88 race.
He did not march. Aides kept reminding him of this. And the story kept slipping back into his stump speech anyway.