Saturday, 70,000 New York City residents and tourists were plunged into darkness when a transformer fire caused a major power blackout.  And where was Mayor Bill DeBlasio when the lights went out?  In Iowa, campaigning for President. DeBlasio’s absence during the crisis while he was off chasing higher office was so egregious that even liberal Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized him.

To be fair, New York’s lights have been dimming ever since voters foolishly elected DeBlasio, and he started busily undoing the miracle turnaround wrought by Rudy Giuliani and maintained by Mike Bloomberg. Since he took over, socialist schemes, social engineering and shady dealing have taken precedence over basic mayoral duties, like making sure the garbage is picked up or snow plows are ready before the first blizzard. You can tell DeBlasio really did get his training under pre-Giuliani Mayor David Dinkins, who was also famous for being off in places like South Africa, making grand leftist speeches while his city was deteriorating.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the transformer fire was caused by a giant rat eating through the wiring.

The Instapundit blog likes to quote Victor Davis Hanson in situations like this: “Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.”

Agreed.  But I’ll also quote something I’ve said myself many times:  Political office holders who want to run for a higher office should first quit the offices they hold.  The taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to subsidize your hunt for a better job while you neglect your responsibilities to them.