Alex Pareene at Salon hails the end of the politics of "scaring white people." "Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota’s general election campaign theme was, basically, that a vote for [Mayor-elect Bill] de Blasio is a vote for race riots," Pareene writes. Lhota insisted that "de Blasio will return New York to 'the bad old days' of high crime. De Blasio will do this, apparently, by firing commissioner Ray Kelly and limiting stop-and-frisk, an NYPD policy that is little more than institutionalized minority-harassment." Lhota was not the first to campaign this way: "Rudy Giuliani, naturally, was the master of scaring white people. Bloomberg never quite campaigned like a Giuliani — or even a Koch — but he was still the beneficiary of Giuliani tactics," Pareene argues. What if police commissioner Ray Kelly had run? "It’s easy to imagine that Kelly would’ve run a very Giuliani-esque campaign, with a heavy dose of terrorism, but New York may finally have revealed the limitations, and the expiration date, of that strategy." Political strategist Donna Brazile, who appears on CNN and ABC News, isn't sure the politics of scaring white people is finished: "Well, I guess? But what do you think?"
Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post on the White House's effort to blame insurance companies for dropping plans. "In defending President Obama’s now-discredited pledge that 'if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep it,' the White House has repeatedly tried to blame insurance companies," Kessler explains. The HHS placed tight regulations on "grandfathered plans" — those obtained before the law was signed on March 23, 2010. Because insurance plans typically only last one year, less than 5 percent of people have held on to their individual plans since the law was enacted. "That means about 95 percent of people now getting cancellation notices likely purchased their plan after the effective date of the law," Kessler explains. "During the drafting of the health-care law, insurance companies had wanted to extend the effective date for grandfathered plans until Dec. 31, 2013, which would have meant that few at this moment would be complaining that they had lost a plan they liked. Of course, that would have also meant fewer potential customers for the Obamacare exchanges in the first year." Kessler concludes, "the administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere." Roll Call reporter Steven Dennis tweets, "Still raining Pinocchios."