Following a series of campaign-finance irregularities, one of John Liu’s top advisers is reportedly jumping ship, though it supposedly has more to do with his own electoral ambitions than his boss’s sinking stock: According to the Daily News, Deputy Controller Simcha Felder is very seriously considering stepping down and crossing the aisle to run for state senate as a Republican. The possible Felder campaign is the brainstorm of State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Felder (a former City Council member) would run in a new “super Jewish district” that will likely be gerrymandered into existence in Brooklyn — an especially interesting development in light of this fall’s congressional race in Brooklyn–Queens’s District Nine, where a heavily Jewish population propelled a Republican candidate to victory in a traditionally Democratic district.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.