Michael Bloomberg is looking forward, eagerly

Michael Bloomberg. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Sometimes Michael Bloomberg gives his critics just what they're looking for.

One day after a poll comes out showing most New Yorkers feel the mayor has "lost focus" during his third term, he was heard saying at a groundbreaking ceremony, "I can't wait for the last one. You have no idea."

It's an instance of Bloomberg playing to type, like when he said, "We love the rich people" in 2009. (We know what he meant! And yet.)

Bloomberg, of course, went to considerable lengths in order to be be allowed to serve a third term. So this sort of comment, joking, half-joking, or not-at-all joking, is like a big fat hanging curve for his detractors. (City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Vivierto said in a recent interview, "I don't really know, what he brought to the table in this third term that was so necessary.")

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Columnist Michael Powell described the mood recently by saying that the mayor's legacy is still being formed, but time is running out.

Some links:

Hillary Clinton and Hamid Karzai talk about Herman Cain. [cnn.com]

Mitt Romney is suffering from "a kind of breakdown in policy clarity" when it comes to Libya. [Ben Smith]

A member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's fracking advisory panel (who also happens to be his former brother-in-law) says the process is dangerous and its proponents are trying to unfairly discredit the New York Times' laudable work. [Robert F. Kennedy Jr.]

City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito said Cuomo is similar to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. She also doesn't see why Bloomberg's third term was necessary. [Roberto Perez]

Cuomo will campaign with the Democratic Erie county executive candidate "in the coming days." [Liz Benjamin]

The jury is still out in the trial of the political operative accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign. [Laura Italiano]

John Haggerty's defense team is optimistic, since the jury had to ask the judge who, exactly, the victim was. [John Eligon]

"[T]he question may be a distressing sign for prosecutors." [Michael Howard Saul]

"I can't wait for the last one. You have no idea," said Bloomberg at a groundbreaking ceremony in Brooklyn. [Celeste Katz]

Bloomberg has two more years in office. [Maggie Haberman]

Comptroller secures NYC Pension Funds' opposition to News Corp directors, over Bloomberg's objections (clarified). [Ben Smith]

Bloomberg told his former Transportation Commissioner he wanted to expand bike lanes. [Andrea Bernstein]

"Someone will likely rise out of this movement born in Zuccotti Park and capture the imagination of our city." [Michael Schenkler]

Maybe it'll be actor Mark Ruffalo. [@krucoff]

A columnist says Ray Kelly isn't the only awesome hypothetical mayoral candidate. [@powellnyt]

Some of Bloomberg's new trees are dying, fast. [Mary]

A deputy inspector in Brooklyn will talk to local residents. [Jole]

Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna reportedly tried pepper-spraying three men who were assaulting an officer, but missed. [Murray Weiss]

Another allegation, with video, for the officer accused of punching a protester. [Colin Moynihan]