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Are We Really Talking About a Fourth Bloomberg Term? Really?


This is what’s commonly referred to as tempting fate.

People are actually being polled on whether or not Michael Bloomberg should run for a fourth term as mayor. One more time:

Someone decided to ask someone else whether or not Bloomberg should get a fourth term as the mayor of New York City.

The guilty party are the dark humorists of Quinnipiac University, which is apparently an actual institution where people learn things, and research things, and not just a place where you can spend your days designing things to make the world an exponentially worse place. Naturally, the poll (which, notably, didn’t include the choice “You’ve got to be joking, right?”) skewed the way you’d think it would, because only 22 percent of this city is reasonably insane or on the receiving end of some benefit from Bloomberg remaining in power. The rest of them are capable of otherwise coherent thought.

Just 22% surveyed in Tuesday’s Quinnipiac University poll would support Bloomberg for another term, while 58% say he should quit while he’s ahead. In every borough and demographic group, voters opposed a fourth term for him. Bloomberg won his third term in office last fall by a five-point margin after pushing the City Council to extend the old two-term limit for officeholders that had twice been approved by voters. The new poll suggests voters haven’t forgotten. About 55% believe elected officials should be limited to two terms, but just 17% support the current three-term limit.

Besides the tired and true idiom of absolute power corrupting absolutely ringing in many a New Yorker’s ears like tinnitus whenever the possibility of more Bloomberg in office is merely considered, our city can only be fixed by one guy with too much money in so many ways, many of which he’s already failed to do, and someone who’s always been in a position to leverage their political pull for a carnival once they return to the private sector probably shouldn’t hang around for too long in the first place. In other words, if Bloomberg ensured New Yorkers subway lines that go crosstown under Central Park without disturbing Central Park, the replacement of every Starbucks with independently owned city-subsidized coffee shops, the employment of Jay-Z as his chief of staff, the legalization of one illicit drug per constituent, a West Village townhouse, larger sexual appendages, the signing of LeBron James to the Knicks, and a pony, New Yorkers still have enough sense not to vote for him a fourth time. Please, let’s never have this conversation ever again. Ever.


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