Professor McDaniel Comments on Progressive Gains in San Francisco Election

Friday, November 07, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The fact that their political enemies embraced that messaging shows how successful the far left has been in seizing on people’s concerns over economic inequality, said San Francisco State University Political Science Professor Jason McDaniel, when only a few years ago — following defeat in the 2011 mayoral election and constant headlines over progressive Sheriff Ross Mikarimi’s domestic violence conviction — they were trying to figure out a way forward. But he argued that you could also view the landscape as challenging for progressives because of this shift. “It shows the evolution of San Francisco politics — It moves to the left, which makes it hard for progressives to have a clear policy vision, because there is general consensus on a lot of policy,” McDaniel said.