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Brooklyn Bantustan

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There’s no danger of the Democrats losing in central Brooklyn, this fall or maybe ever, and that’s part of the problem. Yassky would make a good congressman, for one of the reasons that’s drawn the scorn of his three rivals, his ambition. The other candidates are unlikely to shake things up. Yvette Clarke, a city councilwoman, leads in the polls, and is part of the growing Caribbean-American segment of the neighborhood, but she’s been underwhelming on the campaign trail. Carl Andrews, a state senator, is a decent guy and enjoys the potent electoral backing of Eliot Spitzer and labor unions, but he’s a product of the old Brooklyn clubhouse. Chris Owens is Major’s son.

For all the anger and money spent on this race, though, it won’t matter who wins unless the city and the Democrats find a way to break out of the political ghetto Washington has consigned us to. Now, that would be empowering.


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