Remind Me Again Why We Should Take Michael Bloomberg Seriously

Just yesterday, Michael Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama for president. David Boaz reminds us what kind of mayor Bloomberg has been–using praise for Bloomberg as a “pro-life” public official from the World’s Worst Columnist (Thomas Friedman) as a reference point:

Thomas Friedman’s vision of “pro-life” policies is, in every case, a network of bans and mandates forcing us to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to him and Mayor Bloomberg. No “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for him. No, his pro-life vision is Ira Levin’s dystopia in This Perfect Day, a world in which the state takes care of our every need.

Given this description of Bloomberg–and Friedman–is it any surprise whatsoever that Bloomberg is in President Obama’s corner? The current incumbent is, after all, a member in good standing of the Nanny Caucus. Why wouldn’t he get Bloomberg’s support.

The current incumbent is also a member in good standing of the Failed Leadership Caucus, which also explains the Bloomberg endorsement. Despite the fact that New York remains hard hit thanks to the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, Bloomberg wants to divert precious resources towards ensuring that the annual New York City Marathon goes off without a hitch (Update: after a deserved public outcry, the marathon has now been cancelled). To say that this action fails to take into account the priorities of New York City is to understate matters. Consider Walter Russell Mead’s commentary:

What would the world have thought of Mayor Nagin if he’d diverted resources from Katrina relief efforts to holding a Mardi Gras parade? Mayor Bloomberg may be about to find out. As the NYT reports, the Mayor has vowed to go ahead with the NYC marathon, which will inevitably draw resources away from the Sandy recovery and irritate people whose homes are still underwater, who still don’t have food or power, and who need help, not a sport to watch. Widespread reports that generators are being diverted to power tents for race officials are stoking a populist rage that a billionaire mayor doesn’t need.

Non-New Yorkers don’t follow these things closely, but Mayor Bloomberg’s standing in the city has never recovered from his ill-starred decision to run for a third term. The mayor’s signature accomplishment had been the imposition of term limits on the self serving, often corrupt career pols who entrenched themselves and their patronage networks at the public trough. New Yorkers were thrilled at this blow to their dysfunctional political class and widely celebrated the courage and determination of a reforming mayor who took on and beat the city bosses.

Alas, that Michael Bloomberg didn’t last. The Mayor decided to run for a third term, but he was caught by his own term limits. The hacks on the City Council made clear that they wouldn’t give him an exemption from term limits unless the limits were lifted for everybody else. Disgracefully, Bloomberg took the deal and helped the corrupt political class destroy his greatest achievement.

So to recap: Michael Bloomberg is a politician in good standing in the Nanny Caucus, the Failed Leadership Caucus, and the Self-Glorification and Aggrandizement Caucus.

And he endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Makes sense when you think about it.

  1. Nick Stuart

    He should be taken seriously because as the mayor of the nation’s largest city his capacity for causing harm is immense.

    Not only to the people of New York City who, after all, have what they have because they voted for what they voted for.

    But also across the country his actions give ”monkey see, monkey do” politicians of all stripes ideas about what they can get away with, and cover for asinine ideas like the super-size soda ban.

  2. ConservativeWanderer

    Who says I take Bloomberg seriously in the first place?

  3. Chris Johnson

    He’s the mayor because he well represents the morons that are the plurality of his constituency.  Only this evening, has he cancelled the Marathon.  Only this evening did he stare starkly into his Nagin moment and realize that the generators set up in Central Park for the race were perfect analouges to the idle bus fleets in New Orleans.

    There is a significant portion of our national population that is dim enough to elect such people.  I take heart that even Bloomberg realized there might be a more significant portion that realizes that he is both a fool and a charlatan.

    Having been in New Orleans when it was dark, flooded, and out of control, I realize two things:  New York is nowhere near as bad off as was the Big Easy, and New York can easily tumble into mayhem, especially as the sun goes down.

    NY is not sitting in stagnant pools of floodwater, but it is still stewing in fecklessness.  Right now, there are many areas where they may be, blatantly, consuming beverages that are larger than 16 ounces.  If they have beverages.  I suspect things are fixin’ to get ugly.  And hope that they don’t.

  4. Wylee Coyote

    With any luck, Marathon Mike may not just damage himself, but Obama and Tom Friedma as well. Fingers crossed!

  5. liberal jim

    It would be nice if some pundit on the right gave these leberal elites a taste of their own medicine and wrote a column suggesting that a 10% surcharge be charged on the property taxes for the upper West Side of the city for the next three years and the money be used for those directly harmed by the storm.  Is it not only fitting that the rich pay their fair share?  

  6. Cutlass

    CJRun: There is a significant portion of our national population that is dim enough to elect such people.  I take heart that even Bloomberg realized there might be a more significant portion that realizes that he is both a fool and a charlatan.

    I absolutely despise Bloomberg, but what are New Yorkers supposed to do (other than move)? The only viable alternative to Bloomberg’s arrogance and nannyism has been a return to the disastrous one party leftism that once made New York an unlivable war zone. So, you’d have some race hustling, cop hating, Marxist driving the city into the ground AND no shortage of Nanny Fascism.

    I do not envy New York voters.

    Of course, I left New York and moved to San Francisco – so, uh, that doesn’t exactly give me much credibility…on anything.

  7. liberal jim
    liberal jim: It would be nice if some pundit on the right gave these leberal elites a taste of their own medicine and wrote a column suggesting that a 10% surcharge be charged on the property taxes for the upper West Side of the city for the next three years and the money be used for those directly harmed by the storm.  Is it not only fitting that the rich pay their fair share?   · 1 minute ago

    Perhaps the GOP should also attach this type of amendment to any aid bill going through Congress.    It would be fun to watch liberals explain why they really don’t want these rich limo liberals to pay their fair share. 

  8. Blue Jay Bob

    From Fox:

    “It is clear it that it has become the source of controversy and division,” Bloomberg said. “The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination.”

    “Source of Controversy and Division.” The man is incapable of admitting a bad decision. What alternate reality or universe did he come from? His fallback position is leftest doctrine – “Oh, it’s divisive!”Forest Gump’s mother had is right – stupid is as stupid does.I feel sorry for New Yorkers. There was a time after 9/11/01 when I felt that all Americans were New Yorkers. Remember?

  9. Randy Weivoda

    I had to laugh when I saw an MSNBC host say that Mayor Bloomberg shocked the world by endorsing Barack Obama.   Yeah, that’s about as shocking as Al Gore endorsing Barack Obama. 

  10. Mister D

    Because he is the only man with the courage to stand between me and a 16oz Coke.

  11. E. Blackadder

    But does he have the courage to stand between Senator Schumer and a microphone?

    Mister D: Because he is the only man with the courage to stand between me and a 16oz Coke. · 49 minutes ago

  12. skipsul

    Remember too, NannyB was a DEMOCRAT until he ran for Mayor, then he became a RINO to ride Guiliani’s coat-tails.

    He is really now, has always been, and will always be a hard-core lefty.  

  13. Dan Hanson

    Here’s the first subsidty President Romney should cut:  Federal flood insurance.   The existence of subsidized flood insurance incentivizes people to build property in dangerous areas, making storm damage that much worse.  When I saw all those damaged mansions along the coast, my first thought was “how many of them would be there if it was impossible or ridiculously expensive to get flood insurance?”

  14. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    In addition to being a hard core poseur.

    skipsul: Remember too, NannyB was a DEMOCRAT until he ran for Mayor, then he became a RINO to ride Guiliani’s coat-tails.

    He is really now, has always been, and will always be a hard-core lefty.   · 2 hours ago

  15. Mister D
    Cutlass: Here you go:

    Biden Talked Bloomberg Into Endorsing Obama · 12 hours ago

    Just what you want – a leader who can be persuaded by Joe Biden.

  16. Only1Here

    I am just clicking “Like” because you said it perfectly.

  17. Wylee Coyote
    E. Blackadder: But does he have the courage to stand between Senator Schumer and a microphone?

    Mister D: Because he is the only man with the courage to stand between me and a 16oz Coke. 

    Come now, there’s courage, and then there’s sheer suicidal bravado.