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January 1st, 2014
05:08 PM ET

Roundtable: Could de Blasio represent a return of progressivism?

(CNN) - Michael Bloomberg was New York City's mayor for 12 years, but the day his reign ends, and his successor Bill de Blasio's begins, Bloomberg was sent off with a parting shot.

"Changing the stop and frisk law is only the tip of the iceberg in changing our deeply Dickensian justice system," singer Harry Belafonte said at de Blasio's inauguration.

Not exactly a compliment. And the digs didn't stop there - one pastor went so far as to refer to New York City as a "plantation."

A focus on race, and the divide between the haves and the have-nots were common themes for de Blasio on the campaign trail, and he's not shying away from the progressive agenda he promised his constituents.

"Those earning between $500,000 and $1 million a year will see their takes increase $900 a year, three bucks a day, the cost of a small soy latte at Starbucks," de Blasio said.

Is a new era of progressivism really upon us? And does it stand a chance on the national stage?

Democratic strategist Doug Thornell, managing editor for The Hill Bob Cusack, and CNN political contributor and Republican strategist Kevin Madden discuss.

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