Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is shocked at the blowback over his order that his prosecutors stop seeking prison sentences for nearly all crimes. If so, he has only his own bubble to blame.

It’s true that Bragg is just doing what he promised during the campaign. But he effectively won his job by triumphing in the Democratic primary, where nearly all the candidates were mouthing the same nonsense — to the applause of the mostly left-wing activists who were paying attention.

The sad fact is that few voters focused on the general election race against an underfunded Republican, Thomas Kenniff. They’re only just waking up.

Even now, his four colleagues — the DAs of the other four boroughs — are mainly only reassuring their own constituents that they’re nowhere near as extreme.

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Mayor Eric Adams advocated to find a way to reduce New York’s rising crime rates.
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But Bragg should have noticed that Eric Adams won Democrats’ mayoral nomination by vowing to reverse the steep rise in crime of the last two years. And that voters are moving to recall similarly hyper-progressive DAs in other cities across America, after those DAs’ policies brought sharp spikes in violent crime. (Sadly, New York lacks the relevant recall procedures.)

Yes, critics are speaking up now — but many, including the police unions and this page, have been saying the same thing all along. The warnings just couldn’t get traction until the threat had become obvious.

It was the same with the state’s horrific no-bail law: We thundered for months about that madness, but the public didn’t start paying attention until the law kicked in and courts started releasing perps who posed a clear threat to public safety, as well as others who proceeded to add to their long rap sheets by getting caught committing the same lower-level crime again (and again).

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Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Republican rivals are promising to get Bragg out of office, since he is not doing his job.
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Heck, the Legislature’s leaders still refuse to fix that law, and Gov. Kathy Hochul declines to push reform. That’s because they’re worried mainly about what Democrats think, including the ultra-progressives who set the agenda for elite media such as The New York Times.

But regular city Democrats notice, despite the Times’ abysmal local coverage. And so do independents — and voters in the rest of the state. Indeed, Hochul’s rivals in this year’s elections are already raising the issue, with potential Republican governors vowing to use the office’s power to remove Bragg for refusing to do his job.

Bottom line, DA Bragg: You can’t stem the furor by preaching to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network choir. You need to rethink your approach, fast — ideally before the bodies start piling up even faster.

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