When Limousine Liberals Took Center Stage

A new book misses the connection between New York City’s 1969 election and the elitism of the modern Democratic Party.

The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America, by Steve Fraser (Basic Books, 291 pp., $27.50)

Roughly 15 years ago, I took part in a symposium on the political legacy of former New York City mayor John Lindsay. Little of note was said from the podium, but I couldn’t help noticing that the former Lindsayites who spoke all had limousines waiting for them at the curb. It was a striking reminder of the epithets hurled at Lindsay during the 1969 mayoral election when his opponent, Mario Procaccino, mocked him as part of the “Manhattan arrangement” and a “limousine liberal.”