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Should Big-City Mayors Save the Democratic Party?

If Democrats are losing ground in state-level politics, perhaps it’s because all their talent would prefer to run cities.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro appears with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a "Latinos for Hillary" event in October.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro appears with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a "Latinos for Hillary" event in October.Darren Abate/Reuters

So long as GOP presidential candidate and frontrunner Ben Carson is saying bonkers things about pyramids, Democrats have got to be feeling pretty good about their chances in 2016. Even Bernie Sanders taking a sharper turn on Hillary Clinton’s email server has nothing on Jeb Bush’s decision to target Marco Rubio.  

But such security could also be an illusion. The Democratic Party has plenty of its own problems. For one, its bench is shallow. And a reliable pool for producing liberal leaders—major U.S. cities—isn’t turning out talent that translates into higher elected office.