Here at The L Magazine we welcome the opportunity to surrender all civic responsibility to the richest man in town for four more years.
After spending $90 of his own money, Bloomberg beat Bill Thompson by just 50,000 votes, in an election with historically low turnout. Essentially, many of the people who voted for him did so because they didn’t think there was anything better out there, and many of the people who didn’t vote at all didn’t vote because they didn’t think there was a point.
You’ll recall that Queens and Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner was widely tipped for a mayoral run earlier this year, before bowing out rather than lose a nationally covered race to Bloomberg’s vast electoral machine; its media operation had also used their muscle to put the fear of god into him, feeding unflattering stories to the Post).
Except that it’s fairly clear, this morning, that a high-profile Democrat, with good national connections, running a vigorous campaign, would have beaten Bloomberg (Weiner would have even siphoned off some of the white and Jewish vote). Hell, even if he had run and lost, we still would have gotten to feel like we had a choice, that whoever won the Democratic primary wasn’t just Not Bloomberg.
Anthony Weiner, sir, you are a coward, and should be mocked by the fellow members of your stupid hockey team.