The Politics of Disgust

When New York City voters go to the polls next week, they will consider the same two major candidates they did four years ago: David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani. But this time the slate seems so disappointing to many New Yorkers that they would probably prefer to choose "none of the above." The reason: like the rest of urban America, the city has changed.

In New York's last election, the main issue was the racial strife that threatened to tear the city apart. Dinkins, a black liberal Democrat who promoted himself as the right man to soothe those tensions, eked out...

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