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CHICAGO MAYOR BRANDON JOHNSON Conservatives don’t say, I told you so, when progressive policies backfire in Democratic cities; they say, you get what you vote for. On January 1, 2020, New York’s experimental no-cash bail system went into effect. A week later, elected officials had second thoughts after they heard stories of suspects’ being set free and committing new crimes. Conservatives said, you get what you vote for. The Oakland Police Department announced a few months ago that crime in the city had climbed by 14 percent for three years in a row. According to the president of the NAACP’s Oakland branch, “failed leadership, including the movement to defund the police, our District Attorney’s unwillingness to charge and prosecute people who murder and commit life-threatening serious crimes, and the proliferation of anti-police rhetoric, have created a heyday for Oakland criminals.” Again, conservatives said, you get what you vote for. Conservatives warned Chicago voters not to choose progressive candidate Brandon Johnson as their next mayor. Johnson unveiled his crime-prevention strategy throughout his campaign. “Instead of investing more in policing and incarceration,” he said, “the city should focus on mental health treatment, affordable housing for all, and jobs for youth.” Then he...