5:57 pm Nov. 21, 2011
Here is a conspiracy theory: The mayor is displeased with the idea that his national relevance is fading, and is seeking to make an implicit argument that, in fact, his national relevance is growing.
1) In a piece about the mayor's attempts to grapple with Occupy Wall Street, New York magazine's Chris Smith described the ways in which it had shown the mayor to be somewhat out of political fashion, since we've moved from "the terror error to the income-inequality era," and that, related, "Bloomberg is Wall Street."
2) Kevin Sheekey told the Daily Beast that Bloomberg was destined for things that are bigger than the mayoralty, comments that were noted, with appropriate clarity, by Politico's Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman.
3) An op-ed by two pollsters associated with Bloomberg this morning suggested that Barack Obama should not run for re-election. In making the argument that the president should bow out to make way for non-candidate Hillary Clinton in 2012, they explain that Obama has been too "partisan," which is not at all an argument for Hillary Clinton, but for centrist-at-all-costs Michael Bloomberg.
4) In an unusually sharp criticism of the president over a development that everyone in the world knew was coming, the mayor said this afternoon, following the failure of the supercommittee, that Obama was failing to do his job as a leader.
5) The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut reported the statement and the national-buzz-making context, also noting, correctly, that "such hints are a regular part of the Bloomberg profile by now."
Federal officials were worried about entrapment issues in the case against the latest terror suspect arrested by New York officials. [Ryan Reilly]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration filed a lawsuit against a "roll-your-own" cigarette maker for not paying cigarette taxes. [nyc.gov]
A columnist says Bloomberg's troubles with Zuccotti Park underscore the fact we have a mayor elected in the age of terror now governing in the age of income inequality. [Chris Smith]
Bloomberg L.P. "is a company owned by a politician, buying companies that influence politicians." [Nick Summers]
Kevin Sheekey is manufacturing buzz. [Ben Smith]
The buzz "prompted a lengthy profile by the Daily Beast," according to Washington Post reporter. [Anne Kornblut]
The L.A. Times picked up the news that two Democratic pollsters (who have worked for Bloomberg) are calling for Obama to quit his re-election. [Kim Geiger]
An Occupy Wall Street protester who closed her account at Citibank and was forced inside the bank will sue. [Colin Moynihan]
Bloomberg's usual criticism of Washington now includes pointed barbs aimed at Obama's leadership. [David Seifman]
The "biggest single threat to our economy" said Bloomberg "is this partisan paralysis and political cowardice." [Erin Einhorn]
A fake Bloomberg spokesman sounded like a real Bloomberg spokesman. [Jessica Simeone and David Seifman]
The failure of the federal supercommittee to make budget cuts is a "game changer" and cost the state 155,000 jobs. [Associated Press]
The supercommittee's cuts could start in 2013, if federal lawmakers don't intervene. [NY1]
Millionaires in New York State are mostly in Manhattan. [Jimmy Vielkind]