The Erik Wemple Blog has spent recent months reading about the utter dominance of the gun lobby in American politics. How mistaken we’ve been.
“The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise,” says Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz in a video produced by WSJ Live. That remark came in a discussion about New York City’s bikeshare program, Citi Bike. There are precisely four reasons why this video is a piece of brilliance.
1) It starts wonderfully. Rabinowitz is asked why on earth New Yorkers have this bike program — “Are we too fat?” Rabinowitz responds. “Do not ask me to enter the mind of the totalitarians running this government of the city.”
2) It deploys the word “begrimed.” No elaboration necessary here.
3) It contains a Wall Street Journalian assertion of arrogance. We hear on the video that Rabinowitz is a member of the Journal’s editorial board. That position, apparently, confers some killer authority. “I represent the majority of citizens,” she proclaims at one point in the discussion.
4) It takes aim at a perennial and obsessive topic in big-city America. Wherever space is at a premium in the United States, there is a swinging, brawling and never-ending debate over the relative villainy of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. They’re always pointing fingers at one another, and the great thing about it is that all three groups are scofflaws.