On Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral “win” of Third Term, Plus Eight Articles Worth Reading (Updated: Nine!)

Updated 1:29 p.m.

Yes, by now everyone knows that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg won his much-desired third term (another four years!) – after overturning voted-in term limits – last night with his $100 million campaign, the complicity of the local media and the lackluster support given by the ‘powers that be’ to the Democratic candidate Bill Thompson.

The one good thing that might come out of a Bloomberg third term is that the press and the politicians, especially in light of his narrow (4-5%) win, may at last stop thinking of him as such a “good mayor” and start looking more critically at his policies (and failings) on:

– homelessness, poverty, construction and building, over-development, corporate giveaways, lack of affordable housing, privatization of parks and public space, rezonings destroying communities and small businesses, police misconduct (the RNC should not be forgotten), lack of public planning (not enough schools for all the new “luxury housing”), endless school testing with lackluster results and parental outrage at his educational “system,” lack of community input in just about everything (but to name a fewConey Island, Washington Square Park, Willets Point, Atlantic Yards, Yankee Stadium, Union Square, Chinatown, Williamsburg/Greenpoint), enforcing of the “nanny state,” and more.

Here are eight nine articles worth reading on our Mayor and the election:

1. Politico excellent article on Bloomberg race as missed opportunity for Democrats (i.e., President Obama!).

2. Today’s New York Times News Analysis proclaims “Mayor No Longer Seems Invincible.”  On Bloomberg’s “slim victory,” the paper says: “For all the talk of a post-racial, post-class city, Mr. Bloomberg gained a third term heavily dependent on the votes of white, middle-class and wealthy voters.”

3. A Daily News article concurs:

What if President Obama – instead of delivering a squishy, nonendorsement-endorsement of Thompson, after his press secretary couldn’t even come up with Thompson’s name – had stumped for the man?

What if City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, instead of sitting on her hands for months, used the power of her purse strings to rustle up some support for Thompson?

What if the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was happy to stand onstage last night at Thompson’s concession speech, had stood a little closer during the campaign?

What if the more powerful city unions like the United Federation of Teachers and SEIU Local 1199 Democratic check writers or for-hire strategists had stayed true?

“A lot of Democratic donors who sat on their wallets are kicking themselves tonight,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner, who bowed out of the race for mayor early on, but did what he could for Thompson down the stretch.

4 & 5.  Godless Liberal Homo sums it all up with “Mayor for Life Bloomberg,” as does Suzannah B. Troy saying “Anthony Weiner must be kicking himself.”

6. Election Day piece from Vanishing New York on Bloomberg’s narcissism and endless need to “clean up” the City.

7. At Gothamist, “What Exactly did happen last night?”:

“After running a record-breaking $100 million campaign that won major endorsements and blanketed the city in nearly non-stop advertising, Mayor Bloomberg defeated the underfunded Democratic candidate Bill Thompson by only 5 percent of the vote, winning with 51 percent to his rival’s 46. This comes after polls from the days before the election predicted Bloomberg ahead by double digits… The pollsters might have some explaining to do.”

8. Gawker’s pre-election “endorsement” “Don’t Vote for Bloomberg” encapsulates the issues with our Mayor (which most of the mainstream press ignore) perfectly.

9. (Added!) Pretty amazing recounting of Bloomberg’s strong arm campaign tactics in Times’ piece, “Chief Factor in Mayor’s Race: Bloomberg Influence.”

First NYC Mayoral Debate between Michael Bloomberg and William Thompson Tonite Live on NY1 * Plus A Video To See

The first NYC Mayoral Debate between Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent-turned-‘whoever will support me (and I can throw some money at), I’ll be their-candidate’ Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Party candidate William Thompson will occur tonite, Tuesday, October 13th.  It will last only one hour from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast LIVE on NY1 from El Museo Del Barrio in East Harlem.

Here is a video worth watching from Stop Mayor Bloomberg with some incredible quotes from President Obama and David Letterman (and Jackie Mason!) about Mayor Mike.  The background music to the video is Carly Simon‘s song “You’re So Vain.”

At NY1.com, they write:

For City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Tuesday night’s debate on NY1 could prove to be a turning point. A chance to win over voters and push back against the mayor’s formidable campaign operation fueled, so far, by $65 million in spending. It’s also a chance for him to highlight what he says are the differences between himself and the incumbent.

If you look at the last eight years, there has been a focus on big developments and big developers and Wall Street and wealthy New Yorkers,” Thompson said. “I see New York City as being more focused on middle class New Yorkers and working New Yorkers and poor families.”

The mayor, meanwhile, kept his cards close to his vest on Monday.

“Tomorrow night will be an opportunity for my opponent and I to say what we’ve done and what we would do,” Bloomberg said.

When asked about what could be filed under the “what we would do” category, Bloomberg on Monday pointed to the issue of taxes.

“I think that we can get through the next fiscal year without any tax increases in the city,” Bloomberg said.

(Really he’ll say anything that he thinks will attract people to vote for him.  And it’s fascinating – and disturbing – how Mike Bloomberg acts like he has not been Mayor for the last 8 years.  For example, NOW he has plans to improve the subways?)

The election will take place Tuesday, November 3rdPlease vote! (And NOT for Michael Bloomberg!)

Previous WSP Blog posts on Mayor Bloomberg:

* Why Mayor Bloomberg wants Redesign of Washington Square Park/NYC

* The Blanding of New York City: Why It’s Time for Mayor Mike to Go