So we have a new mayor, a so-called progressive mayor, who won yesterday's election by an overwhelming margin over his GOP challenger.
Exit polls showed 3 out of 4 New Yorkers want the city to go in a different direction from where Bloomberg took it in his 12 years.
And Bill de Blasio ran as just that candidate and was rewarded for it at the ballot box.
Yet, I feel a tinge of concern over this de Blasio fellow.
His friendship with corporatist Democrat Andrew Cuomo, his working for corporatist Democrat Bill Clinton, his running corporatist Democrat Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign, his reaching out to Rahm Emanuel for transition advice, his calling Rahm Emanuel a "great mayor" who he looks forward to working with "very closely" - all are red flags that give me pause in my celebration of last night's de Blasio victory.
Especially the visit with Rahm Emanuel and the declaration of Rahmbo as a "great mayor."
The optimist in me tells me to ignore the red flags and just "believe" the progressive platform de Blasio ran on in the election will be the blueprint for his mayoral administration.
The cynic in me tells me the red flags are something to be concerned about, something to watch very, very closely as de Blasio now turns to his transition team and begins to choose members of his administration.
Right now, I'm leaning toward listening to the cynic inside telling me to watch this guy very, very closely.
Yeah, he talks a good game in his speeches.
But those meetings he has behind the scenes with pals like "great mayor" Rahm Emanuel have me wondering how much of that speech stuff is real.
Couple de Blasio's praise of Emanuel with Tish James's reaching out to DFER-favorite Reshman Saujani for her transition team and I can already see the signs of the two "progressives" who were elected last night turning rightward after the election.
By all means, let us celebrate the end of the Bloomberg Era.
But let's not get too excited about the de Blasio Era just yet.