Do New York (And The Rest Of Us) A Favor

Ray Kelly

There is good news and bad news. First the bad news: As the New York Post predicted and editorializes about today, the Associated Press was awarded yesterday a Pulitzer Prize for “its year-long, non-stop hit-job on the NYPD’s counterterrorism efforts.” The good news is that the AP and the politically correct, Upper West Side morons who hand out these prizes may have inspired those New Yorkers who still remember the cesspool that was pre- Guiliani New York to convince current commissioner and AP target Ray Kelly to run for mayor next year.

The Post notes:

…The Pulitzer board at Columbia University cited the AP for “spotlighting” the NYPD’s “clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.”

Debate? There’s none on the streets of this city, where a recent Quinnipiac poll shows 58 percent of New Yorkers reject the AP’s smear that the NYPD “has unfairly targeted Muslims,” and where fully 82 percent — including majorities of every demographic group — say the department “has been effective in combating terrorism.”

Why such love for the cops?

Maybe because they’ve foiled some 14 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11 — including one targeting the subways by three homegrown Muslim extremists, one of whom is now on trial in federal court…

Knowing that the only things preventing the return to New York City of the pre-Guiliani squeegie men, the raving lunatics defecating on the streets and in the parks, and the roving packs of “wilding” predators are a mayor and police commissioner with the balls to stand up to the New York Times, Al Sharpton and the other leftist nudniks, the Post urges Ray Kelly to run for mayor:

…New Yorkers got welcome news yesterday: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly might run for mayor next year after all.

Our advice: Go for it, Ray!

Do New York a favor.

Sources say that Kelly is now open to the idea of running, as Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker was first to report.

And certainly, there’s a powerful case for a Kelly bid. As everyone knows, crime’s fallen sharply — some 35 percent overall — on his watch, after having already dived over the previous decade.

Many folks had feared it could only go up.

And Kelly has had to add a whole new mission to his portfolio: fighting terror.

He’s served during a time of tightening budgets — and vitriolic bashing of law-enforcement by the left.

Indeed, you can tell Kelly’s done a spectacular job just by the breathless, dirty reporting by outlets like The Associated Press (which won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday for doing so…), The New York Times and New York magazine. These left-leaning outlets dread the idea of a Kelly run.

Yet despite all this, the commish — relying on keen management skills and tough-as-nails, law-and-order policies — somehow managed to drive down crime further.

The results have been stunning:

* Murders dipped 77 percent since their peak in 1990, from 2,245 to 551 last year.

* Burglaries are down 85 percent.

* Car thefts fell — get this! — an incredible 94 percent, from 150,000 to just 9,300.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has thwarted some 14 separate terror plots against New York since the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

Is the city safer? No question about it…

Now, the problem is the thirty-something New Yorkers who reflexively vote for Democrats and who either didn’t spend their childhoods in pre-Giuliani New York or can’t remember what, say, Central Park was like in those days. Many of these naifs take what is now the safest and most glorious large city in the world for granted.

Those who were around during the Dinkins administration have a responsibility to educate their younger fellow New Yorkers in local history. This won’t be an easy task with the New York Times and the rest of the liberal media in aggressive opposition.

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