Everywhere I went today, I kept hearing variations on the same theme:
De Blasio is an idiot.
Heard it at Starbucks, heard it on the train, heard it in the elevator in my building, heard it at work - de Blasio is in over his head, we miss Bloomberg.
In the past, I might have defended Mayor de Blasio and pointed out Bloomberg's past foibles, including the "Go See A Broadway Show" debacle from the Bloomberg Blizzard of 2010.
But not anymore - two months into his mayorality, I see a politician who has already spent his political capital, has managed to piss off a good part of the city with his handling of yesterday's snow storm, is under attack and on the defensive for a questionable call to the police to help a political ally, and trails Governor Cuomo badly in popularity even in NYC.
Memes get set fast in politics and if Bill de Blasio is not careful, the meme will be set very, very soon that he is an idiot, a man in over his head who cannot manage the city.
Sure, the corporate press like the News and Post want to solidify that meme in people's heads.
But de Blasio has done almost everything in his power to help them out by fumbling first the fake UES snow crisis last month (apologizing for something he didn't need to apologize for), then badly screwing up yesterday's storm by failing to close schools and backing up his tone deaf chancellor when she said it was a beautiful day, of course schools were going to be opened.
Compounding the snow messes is the mini-scandal over the call de Blasio made to the police after a political ally and member of his transition team was arrested, a mini-scandal made worse by de Blasio's fumbling red-faced response to it.
After two months post-Bloomberg, you don't want to be walking around the city and overhearing people say "I miss Bloomberg!" but that's what I heard today.
Those statements are a direct result of the de Blasio administration's poor start these past two months.
De Blasio has his work cut out for him, erasing the memory of yesterday's snow debacle and restoring public confidence in his ability as mayor.
Here's hoping he starts soon.