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Is Michael Bloomberg the most universally hated US politician on 261?

#21lastheroPosted 5/12/2013 8:17:34 PM
chaos knight posted...
Bloomberg gets the most hatred I think due to the fact he might run as a third party candidate in 2016 and **** up the election (on top of his rather aggravating policies). Bachmann and Santorum never had a chance of being on the ballot period when they ran.


Wasn't Santorum a serious contender at one point? I know it didn't last, but I remember him at least having a decent chance.
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#22chaos knightPosted 5/12/2013 8:18:21 PM
He was the last Not Romney candidate left. Santorum never had a real chance unless he pretty much swept the rest of the primaries.
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#23atmasabrPosted 5/12/2013 8:31:42 PM
RX_93_Nu_Gundam posted...
His wiki article says he switched to being a Republican from 2001-2007. Anyone know why this happened? He was a Democrat before 2001.


To run for mayor on the Republican ticket. There was a crowded Democratic primary with four big names: Rev. Al Sharpton, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, and Public Advocate Mark Green. With the exception of Vallone (who was an underdog and finished third in the primary), the Democratic candidates all sought to step away from Giuliani's policies. Bloomberg sought to continue them, though I'm sure one could remember other significant differences between Vallone and Bloomberg.

The Democratic primary has been crowded for decades, whereas in the Republican party there tends to be more of a tendency to rally around a single establishment candidate, usually with a minor opponent (we're seeing that again this year). We saw a rather extreme example a couple of weeks ago about how it's sometimes easier to run as a Republican than as a Democrat in NYC with the corruption arrest of State Sen. Malcolm Smith (whose attempt to seek the Republican nomination really made no obvious ideological sense).

I think it was an easy switch for Bloomberg. He has always struck me as an independent at heart, and there's not much of a difference between that and a liberal Republican. Or a conservative Democrat. His policies and ideology are extremely similar to Rudy Giuliani's. The only ways he is different from Giuliani aren't especially relevant to city politics (you would never mistake Bloomberg for a conservative).
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#24atmasabrPosted 5/12/2013 8:33:41 PM
chaos knight posted...
He was the last Not Romney candidate left. Santorum never had a real chance unless he pretty much swept the rest of the primaries.


It was too little, too late, he ran out of money, and too many of the states that were left were the ones that rally against the less conservative candidate.
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#25Sativa_RosePosted 5/12/2013 8:39:39 PM(edited)
atmasabr posted...
RX_93_Nu_Gundam posted...
His wiki article says he switched to being a Republican from 2001-2007. Anyone know why this happened? He was a Democrat before 2001.


To run for mayor on the Republican ticket. There was a crowded Democratic primary with four big names: Rev. Al Sharpton, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, and Public Advocate Mark Green. With the exception of Vallone (who was an underdog and finished third in the primary), the Democratic candidates all sought to step away from Giuliani's policies. Bloomberg sought to continue them, though I'm sure one could remember other significant differences between Vallone and Bloomberg.

The Democratic primary has been crowded for decades, whereas in the Republican party there tends to be more of a tendency to rally around a single establishment candidate, usually with a minor opponent (we're seeing that again this year). We saw a rather extreme example a couple of weeks ago about how it's sometimes easier to run as a Republican than as a Democrat in NYC with the corruption arrest of State Sen. Malcolm Smith (whose attempt to seek the Republican nomination really made no obvious ideological sense).

I think it was an easy switch for Bloomberg. He has always struck me as an independent at heart, and there's not much of a difference between that and a liberal Republican. Or a conservative Democrat. His policies and ideology are extremely similar to Rudy Giuliani's. The only ways he is different from Giuliani aren't especially relevant to city politics (you would never mistake Bloomberg for a conservative).


I take it you've been following the 2013 NYC mayor race. Who do you think you're supporting? I'm pretty torn at the moment. On the Republican side, I like Joseph Lhota, but he's pro stop and frisk, which I am totally against.

But on the Democratic side, Christine Quinn already seems to be the frontrunner, and she's also pro stop and frisk. If it ends up being Lhota vs Quinn in the general election, I'll probably go with Lhota, but if someone else wins the Democratic primary there's a good chance I'd end up voting Democrat.
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#26EternalDividePosted 5/12/2013 11:43:13 PM
I'd rather see Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein and that #1 flaming hot putrid turd Villaraigosa of Los Angels rot long before Bloomberg. But then I'm in CA not NYC. I know Bloomberg is a real controlling ****. So I imagine if I lived there I would hate him with the burning passion of a thousand suns.
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#27NixPosted 5/13/2013 2:22:59 AM
New Yorkers of both sides hate Bloomberg for many reasons.

There are tons of reasons o hate the guy. Trying to put a woman with no education experience in charge of Education. Firing and demoting ton of sanitation workers which cause a worker slowdown protest and not having enough staff to plow the streets during a blizzard. Too bans. Stupid money wasted on bike lanes.Blantant profiling and targeting by the police.Rapid increase of meterperson car ticketing. Borough favoritism.. Getting council to give him a third term after we voted against third terms.

So that would put him near the top of universally hated politicians here if posters are knowledgeable.
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#28AceVanquishPosted 5/13/2013 2:37:37 AM
It's not just 261.
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#29paulo_yamatoPosted 5/13/2013 1:38:30 PM
There are so many poor people living in lifelong poverty in NYC, it's disgusting.

So what does Bloomberg do?
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#30DAT_BASSPosted 5/13/2013 2:51:30 PM
AceVanquish posted...
It's not just 261.


This. He's not liked anywhere, even in NYC. I know nanny state liberals who are tired of his antics.
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