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November 4, 2009 @ 9:03 am

Another Four Years of Michael Bloomberg

I fell asleep before the election results were in and woke up to the nightmare of another four years of Michael Bloomberg. The only thing that gives me a little comfort is knowing….. No, I can’t think of anything that gives me comfort.

I’m one of those people who sometimes doesn’t know what he thinks until he starts writing. It was different with Bloomberg. From the moment he said if the city council overturned term limits, that he would run again, I knew he’d be on the ballot and I knew what I thought about it. I really did.

All the stuff about the fight to get them to overturn term limits was silly. You don’t have to be an insider to understand Christine Quinn and the gang. As for the Republican and Independence Party bosses who gave him their ballot line, the only issue was how much.

I don’t blame any of them. You’ve got to pay the rent and feed the kids. These days, except for the mega rich who are feeding egos and libidos (Not all of them; I like Corzine, for example.), that’s what politics is about.

Is there anyone in that crowd who is employable outside of politics? Well, there are some, but not many.

What I didn’t know was whether Weiner would drop out or how badly Thompson’s campaign would be run. Weiner made a mistake but it was understandable. He didn’t want to repeat Andrew Cuomo’s 2002 resignation in his first run for governor. Recall how Cuomo dropped out, leaving the field to H. Carl McCall, the first Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Cuomo was still on the Liberal Party line, but he didn’t campaign.

It was the coup de grace for the party, which didn’t get the requisite 50,000 votes to qualify for the ballot in the next statewide election. As that piece of political real estate had already been sliced, diced and sold to Rudy Giuliani, nobody but a few old timers missed it. I’m sure Weiner understood that a Democratic primary, not only against Thompson but against the New York Times, would have damaged his career. Too bad. He might have won.

Maybe the take away from all this — if you didn’t know it already — is never believe a word you read in the New York Times, not about the Middle East (remember Judith Miller), and certainly not about New York politics, at least not in the news section. Krugman and most of the other columnists are excellent. Their opinions are worth reading. And you can trust the sports section, at least the scores. For the rest of it, you’d better find a blogger or two.

Unless it’s signed by someone else, anything you read in this space from here on in, will be written by Mike Dang. My wife and I are going to San Miguel for a couple of weeks and then I’m hoping to restart www.hacksandflacks.org. Mike and I are talking about it, but we’ve got to figure out the money.

Thanks for any attention you might have paid to what we’ve been reporting and for the kind words some of you have written. They meant a lot to us.

- Neil Fabricant

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8 Comments

  1. Posted by julie

    November 4, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    organize a rally in time for inauguration day.

  2. Posted by MV

    November 4, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    rally on inauguration day is a must. Call it day of disgrace.

  3. Posted by julie

    November 4, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    or how about the day democracy died…

  4. Posted by Mrs. Bloomberg

    November 4, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    Does this mean you are taking this site down? The next few years might be interesting due to the ongoing investigations of the city council.

    It is ironic how the NYTimes supported a mayor who helped make their product irrelevant. I hardly see newsstands in any part of New York.

  5. Posted by neil fabricant

    November 4, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    We’re probably going to do http://www.hacksandflacks.org in January. Maybe we’ll have a New York section to track the Man Who Was Too Big to Fail. The New York Times bears a major responsibility for the shameless way they went into the tank for Bloomberg. But I’m mindful of Jane Jacobs response to a reporter who asked her about her life long fight with Robert Moses. She replied, “My only regret is that he made my life ridiculous.” I may be misremembering that anecdote but that was the gist of it. My dear wife won’t let that happen. We’re off to San Miguel for a while.

    Finally, there is the issue of whether the public will be mature enough to stop voting against their best interests–we’ll see that play out in Washington in the next few weeks. The story that applies to that issue I suppose is the one involving Dorothy Parker. Playing a word game, she was asked to put the word “horticulure” in a sentence. She said–”You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.”

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  7. Posted by Suzannah B. Troy

    November 5, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JyiQKfAat4
    It was a blast to watch the media report from a script and than be forced to back pedal and tell the truth which Mike had not won but the race was too close to call.
    The New York Times and all the papers refused to report the truth about voter anger and on going protests all over the city.

    http://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2009/11/suzannah-b-troy-receives-congratulatory.html

  8. Posted by greeneyz77

    January 17, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    I feel sorry for the City of New York to have such a scumbag for a mayor. Once again, he bought his way in. I hope NYC gets cleaned up, starting with taking out the garbage–Bloomberg himself. Peace!

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