Each of these cities is among the largest in America and arguably has some of the worst metrics. Three of the eight are leading cities for murders; four have the highest crime rates, four have managed to make the Forbes "Most Miserable Cities" list, and at least two are at economic risk. While millions of taxpayer dollars remind us that Baltimore has great crabs, Chicago has terrific pizza, and Philly offers great cheesesteaks, these cities, and scores of similarly imperiled cities across the country, have made virtually no progress in establishing their towns as safe, enlightened, attractive places to live. By any measure, Democratic leadership has failed these cities for most of the last century. I would suggest it might be time to give the Republicans a chance.