Video: Loathsome nanny-state mayor going to give you “something to cheer about” whether you like it or not; Update: Marathon finally canceled

posted at 5:23 pm on November 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

He seems to be one of maybe three people in New York who think this is a good idea, but he can get away with that because he’s term-limited and therefore enjoys all sorts of extra “flexibility.” Something to remember when you’re in the booth on Tuesday. At least he’s consistent, though: When it comes to knowing what’s in your best interest, he’s a better authority than you are.

[P]eople aren’t good at describing what is in their own interest … What leaders should do is make decisions as to what they think is in the public interest based on the best advice that they can get, and then try and build a constituency and bring it along.

How many members are there in his “let’s have a marathon while people are freezing on Staten Island” constituency? Not even his pal Christine Quinn, the city council president, is with him. One of his basic problems here, I think, is that the marathon is just way too boutique an event to use as some sort of rallying point for the city. Thousands of people participate, I know, but beyond those who are running, no one cares. If we were talking about a Yankees World Series game instead of a marathon, that’d be a closer call. If you want to use sports as catharsis, make sure you pick one that the wider population is invested in.

Walter Russell Mead spies the demise of Bloombergmania, just a day after he tried to juice his national profile by endorsing Obama:

Michael Bloomberg must have hoped that Sandy would be his own 9/11. A population in shock turned to the mayor in their hour of need. He dominated the airwaves; he issued decrees. He seized the occasion to speak out on the big issues: climate change, endorsing a president. He worked to project an air of authority and calm: the Marathon would go on.

It must have looked for a while as if he had done a Rudy and resuscitated a tired mayoralty, relaunching a national career. Perhaps a cabinet appointment in a second Obama administration, perhaps another shot at an independent presidential campaign.

It is looking less that way by the hour. As the true dimensions of the damage in New York gradually appear, as the death toll mounts and as chaos at the gas stations and devastation in Staten Island undercut the narrative that the city has responded effectively to the challenge, Mayor Bloomberg looks more like the hapless officials of New Orleans than Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie.

Fair points, but even if the recovery after the storm had been smoother, without gas stations turning into mini-Thunderdomes and people without power resorting to copping a squat in their hallways, Bloomberg wasn’t going anywhere nationally. His legacy has already been defined by small things. Giuliani will be remembered chiefly for the aftermath of 9/11, and Mayor No Labels will be remembered for Big Gulps and smoking bans. I don’t underestimate what a billion dollars could do by way of image enhancement, but if Rudy, a vastly more charismatic politician, couldn’t parlay his legacy into something bigger, then I wouldn’t bet on Bloomberg doing so either.

Just as I’m writing this, a rumor’s spreading on Twitter:

Stand by for updates. Exit quotation: “If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream.”

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Update: Looks like I got this post in just under the wire. Bloomberg held out as long as he could but ultimately that constituency he built only included one person:

The lights just came back on in the east Village for 67,000 people. Presumably he didn’t want media outrage over the marathon cannibalizing the good news about power returning and the subways coming back online. Poof: Bye-bye, marathon.


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NBC NY says it will not be run Sunday…

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Occupy New York

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Cancelled.

TouchdownBuddha on November 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Yep, FOX says it’s been canceled.

Mr. Mike on November 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Mayorathon Bloomberg.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

its canceled

rob verdi on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Mayor’s office denying cancellation as of 5:19 apparently.

Mitsouko on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

IF the bhopress gave as much press on benghazi as they have on this worthless worm bloomberg, we might have bho in the tank? For the love of pete, I have NO idea what is WRONG with this man? Is he on the same stuff dear joe is on?
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letget on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Giuliani will be remembered chiefly for the aftermath of 9/11, and Mayor No Labels will be remembered for Big Gulps and smoking bans.

I thought he was primarily known for cleaning up the city?

ninjapirate on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I hope NYC boots him out of office. Whether they do or not, though, I want this creep out of my party, pronto. IMHO, the 16-Ounce Man never belonged in the GOP in the first place.

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I think tone-deafness like Bloomberg’s runs to the bone.

thatsafactjack on November 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yup, cancelled…

OmahaConservative on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

buzzkill ragekill?

John Kettlewell on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Time to ask….

How much money is the marathon worth to Bloomberg personally?

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Marathon Mike couldn’t go the distance.

WisRich on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Yep, FOX says it’s been canceled.

Mr. Mike on November 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

“Fine, you scum sucking Staten Island whiners!” – Mayor Bloomers

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I thought he was primarily known for cleaning up the city?

ninjapirate on November 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I think that was Giuliani, but I don’t live in NY, so don’t quote me. Better to ask AllahP, blatantblue, or one of the other fine folks here who live in New York.

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

New headline: Thousands angry that they traveled and trained only to have marathon cancelled.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I still hope he departs in disgrace.

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Shouldn’t have it been cancelled before it was not cancelled? Joey B knows what I mean.

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Fail.

Midas on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

New headline: Thousands angry that they traveled and trained only to have marathon cancelled.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Lol.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Could the media be trying to push Marathon Mike to make the right decision..?

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

So, from what I’m seeing, the officials in NY are fighting over whether to have the marathon or cancel it?

People are freezing and hungry. Those resources should be used to help the people of the city NOW.

What is wrong with Bloomberg?

thatsafactjack on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This 9/11 comparison is crazy. You don’t run a marathon right after the storm while your people are still starving and freezing. Sure. Somewhere down the road you have to get back to normal, not days after the storm while people are still starving and freezing.

By the way…. how short is Doonburg? Gosh.. he’s small. Maybe that’s his issue.

JellyToast on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Small man syndrome. He’s always looking up at everyone, so he abuses his power as mayor. Makes him feel 5-6 inches taller.

msupertas on November 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Bloomberg saw the bad press and changed his mind.

ButterflyDragon on November 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

At least the Roman tyrants promised bread and circuses. Bloomberg is against bread, the carbs, you know. So it’s just a circus, nay, a marathon! maybe a few Christians, but not a single lion in sight.

Freddy Hill on November 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Ace has an awesome rant on this.

John the Libertarian on November 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Looks like somebody on the Mayor’s staff has a functioning brain… and a political IQ bigger than a walnut.

CPT. Charles on November 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

From the ESPN article:

[Bloomie] also pointed out that his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, went ahead with the New York Marathon two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and “it pulled people together.”

Two months vs. three days. Bloomie must have “a geranium in his cranium.”*

*hat-tip Ann Landers

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Is he sending the generators to Staten Island?

djl130 on November 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

He’s always looking up at everyone, so he abuses his power as mayor. Makes him feel 5′ 6″ inches taller.

msupertas on November 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

FIFY. :-)

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Okay, so who is Bloomberg going to blame this cancellation on?

Pork-Chop on November 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Walter Russell Mead spies the demise of Bloombergmania, just a day after he tried to juice his national profile by endorsing Obama:

May they both go to Hades, mocked into oblivion.

They are both creepy and insufferable.

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Okay, so who is Bloomberg going to blame this cancellation on?

Pork-Chop on November 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

GWB

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Wait until the looting starts over the weekend when people will be doing anything to survive thanks to the slow crawl of government assistance…

Seven Percent Solution on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Just got word that a friend’s son was killed in the storm. He was a tugboat captain or first mate. don’t have the details, but I can’t imagine the pain.

I guess if the deli and the supermart is open on the upper east-side, it doesn’t matter what has happened elsewhere.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Bloomers last stand.

antipc on November 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Weather report for this weekend in NY is night time temps in the 30′s.

Bloomberg can kiss off any presidential aspirations he ever had. Maybe he can take his billions, buy a small country, and crown himself king.

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Good. No marathon. I’m with D Wade. I dont even think there should be a basketball game tonight.

Politricks on November 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

What a clusterfark.

Where is POTUS? Speaking to an half empty auditorium in Wisconsin.

Norwegian on November 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Okay, so who is Bloomberg going to blame this cancellation on?

Pork-Chop on November 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Where have you been for the past 4 years? BOOSH!

Washington Nearsider on November 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Can you believe the azzhole Obama?

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Ah, crap.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I know this is bad of me, but I feel good that this guy is finally being exposed for the tool that he is.

yubley on November 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

GWB

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Missed it by thaaat much.

Washington Nearsider on November 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Missed it by thaaat much.

Washington Nearsider on November 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You win but it’s a draw :)

Schadenfreude on November 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Resign anyway Mayor Bloomers.

meci on November 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Bloomie will probably say that after talking to our Dear Leader about his deep and abiding concern for our people, I decided to cancel this event…

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

What a Fuster Cluck.

As a Marathon runner, I was shocked that they were going ahead with it in the first place. A dumb, insensitive decision.

That said, anyone who was planning to run NYC on Sunday is probably on their way to The Big Apple now. So thousands of people will be arriving at Laguardia, JFK or Newark to find out that they flew hundreds or thousands of miles for nothing.

Hey … now that I think of it … Maybe it was Bloomberg’s way of enlisting thousands more volunteers to help with the recovery effort! If all those runners can’t fly home til Monday, they will have to find SOMETHING to do for the weekend!

BRunner on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Didn’t Kathleen Parker recently say he should run for Prez?

Yep, found it:

kathleenparker@kathleenparker

Forget Romney/Obama. I’m betting lots are thinking President Bloomberg this morning.

30 Oct 12

Now there’s a great idea.

tru2tx on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Ah, crap.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Yeah, tell me about it. People bitching and crying because they can’t be responsible enough to be a bag of potatoes. Can’t walk two miles up the Island. Hardship….

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I’m glad he did the right thing. Plenty of opportunities to meddle, go find them.

Cindy Munford on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

What an epping idiot! If it weren’t so tragic, I’d laugh. Just told hubby, not an hour ago, “Boy, Lib mayors and Gub’ners sure know how to put on a natural disaster.” It is in these peeps DNA to screw this stuff up! Compare to Jindal’s response to BP, Mississippi vs. Louisiana in Katrina…I could go on and on and on and…

Chewy the Lab on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Sorry to hear about that. In the constant coverage of the political actors we forget those who have really suffered. A prayer for your friend and his family.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Didn’t Kathleen Parker recently say he should run for Prez?

Yep, found it:

I’m sure Peggy Noonan wasn’t far behind.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Sorry to hear that. :(

Midas on November 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Bloomberg is an A-Hole!

The Houston area hit by Ike has 6 million people and covers a total area of 10,062 square miles.

Texas evacuated coastal people to centers allover the state on less notice and saved many lives & we were still catching our breath from Gustav the month before.

Bottom line Bloomberg ain’t no Guliani…

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Video: Loathsome nanny-state mayor going to give you “something to cheer about” whether you like it or not

Now is not the time for a marathon. besides, we’re going to have plenty to cheer about on Tuesday night…..

Michael Bloomberg must have hoped that Sandy would be his own 9/11. A population in shock turned to the mayor in their hour of need.

Mr. Mayor, I knew George W Bush. You, sir, are no George W Bush.

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Man, I wish I had a Big Gulp right about now…

2Tru2Tru on November 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Send the generators, water and thermal blankets to Staten Island and move the marathon to somewhere with power, water, room to run and no disasters. Is there anything going on in Indiana right now? They could send the runners to Indiana, just call it the New York West marathon.

;-)

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

nice work Bloomy! a couple of my son’s friends got on an airplane for that marathoe at around noon today after being assured it was going to happen…

DanMan on November 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Now that that’s been taken care of, will someone PLEASE tell this PC midget to use subtitles in his TV speeches and get rid of that hand signer?

(Sorry, I am just in an absolutely fowl mood and crapola like that sets me off.)

The War Planner on November 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Condolences to you and other east coasters suffering in the wake of this storm.

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Bloomberg….

This is why I laugh when you see these NYC pric%s put on their ‘Fly Over Country/Jesus Land/Rube bull$hit’

Hey NYC..Kiss my A$$….

BigWyo on November 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Just got word that a friend’s son was killed in the storm. He was a tugboat captain or first mate. don’t have the details, but I can’t imagine the pain.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I am so sorry. Prayers going up.

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

people without power resorting to copping a squat in their hallways

After OWS, I’m pretty sure this is now referred to as “squatting a cop”.

sadarj on November 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I can think of a couple mayors who lost their jobs in Chicago because of snow storms.

lea on November 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Bloomers will be applauded by certain elements for doing the right thing…

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Condolences to you and other east coasters suffering in the wake of this storm.

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Um – I’m out west. This family was on Long Island. Don’t know where the son was when it happened. I was just checking up on him – couldn’t get through. Called with a mutual friend and got the news that way. Probably shouldn’t say any more.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Truth is, running or cancelling the marathon won’t change whats going on in NYC due to Sandy.

The only way Bloomberg could have continued the marathon would require him to appear on TV and say:

“Look, the people that lost their homes, lost loved ones, all those things that come with large storms….none of that will change or be lessened in anyway by cancelling the marathon.”

Which is the truth. And political suicide.

It is also the same logic Obama used in the Benghazi fiasco, only he didn’t cancel his beauty sleep or his fund raiser. Truth be known, the CIA and the DOD were probably glad he wasn’t around. All they needed from him was “GO” or “NO GO”. You can do that from a Blackberry. Which is probably exactly how it happened.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Just got word that a friend’s son was killed in the storm. He was a tugboat captain or first mate. don’t have the details, but I can’t imagine the pain.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

My sincere sympathies, OldRoy. Prayers coming your way now.

PatriotGal2257 on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Is he sending the generators to Staten Island?

djl130 on November 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

THAT’S the question. I understand each generator can power about 400 homes.

TarheelBen on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Send the generators, water and thermal blankets to Staten Island and move the marathon to somewhere with power, water, room to run and no disasters. Is there anything going on in Indiana right now? They could send the runners to Indiana, just call it the New York West marathon.

;-)

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Wyoming.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

BRunner on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

So now all these runners are in New York where there’s no subway, etc. to go to hotels were displaced New Yorkers are staying, when presumably they don’t have a flight back OUT until at least Sunday…

Wow. These people are geniuses!

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

BRunner on November 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Yeah, and had no place to stay, no fuel to purchase for their non-available rental cars, no way to get public transportation that is over-burdened, overtaxing the already overwhelmed first responders and limited resources…great idea! Remember, it was Mayor Brainfart himself who said that NYC didn’t need no stinkin’ National Guard in da boroughs! Sheesshhhh! The guy is a bloomin’ onion! NG is a State Resource you idjut!

Chewy the Lab on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Rumor has it that Mikey ‘saw the light’ when advertisers began pulling out left and right.

Evidently they know a PR disaster when they see one.

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The only reason Bloomberg gave in was because people out there were getting ready to riot in the streets over his bone-headed decision to even hold the damned marathon in the first place! I sincerely hope New Yorkers have a long memory and remember this the next time this loathsome assclown is up for re-election! They can do far better than having a jerk like Bloomberg in the Mayor’s Office!

pilamaye on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

so much concern for a swing state/

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Rosie Ruiz is still planning to run it.

GreenBlade on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

My sincere sympathies, OldRoy. Prayers coming your way now.

PatriotGal2257 on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Oh, not my way – send them to our friends in Long Island.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

THAT’S the question. I understand each generator can power about 400 homes.

TarheelBen on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

That’s a big generator, but 400 homes is nothing. They should be used for shelters where people can get everything they need until their situations are improved.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Why aren’t Geraldo and Shep Smith in Staten Island crying for Obowma to do something…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Bloomberg tried to be Rudy Giuliani, but ended up as Ray Nagin.

merlich on November 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

It is also the same logic Obama used in the Benghazi fiasco, only he didn’t cancel his beauty sleep or his fund raiser. Truth be known, the CIA and the DOD were probably glad he wasn’t around. All they needed from him was “GO” or “NO GO”. You can do that from a Blackberry. Which is probably exactly how it happened.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

0bama didn’t need to be there anyway, since Valerie Jarrett calls all the shots.

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Marathon No! Exodus Yes!

If I found myself running in New York, I would not stop till I crossed the Mason Dixon on I 95 south or looked up a great host I know off I-40 in the panhandle of Texas.

IlikedAUH2O on November 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

so much concern for a swing state/

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I am beginning to suspect you are a sociopath.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Update: Marathon finally canceled

Hmmm, Frump… Does this mean I have to cancel my blog article calling Bloomingidiot, well a Bloomingidiot? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH….. Not going to happen….

SWalker on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Wyoming.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Wyoming would work, too.

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

How did this POS ever get re-elected? What a dirtbag.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Now they can all go back to dumpster diving and charging their Obamaphones while drinking 8 oz smoothies… Geez.

patman77 on November 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Bloomberg – a real Nowhere Man.

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

A collective “kiss it, Bloomie” from everyone on earth. Took you a while, nanny, but you finally caught on. Go do something useful like ban more food from your starving constituents. Moron.

Philly on November 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I’m interested in what lessons are being learned here. We’ve had Katrina, Ike and now Sandy. All big storms and all affecting a lot of people. Have things gotten any better? The states along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico need to figure this out.

The major issue to resolve:
(1) How do you get electricity back on quickly for resources that need it the most. I’m not talking about houses, just for applications such as pumping gas and water and for emergency centers, hospitals, etc.

(2) How do you keep the fuel flowing?

(3) What do you do with people that will be displaced long term?

(4) What’s the best way to supply people with food and water?

A big part of this could be resolved by taking personal responsibility. I live in western NC, but I learned my lesson seeing the devastation of Katrina and flooding in TN. I don’t expect anyone to take care of my family. However, you’d think that states would start seeing that every widespread natural disaster results in very similar situations as far as their populace is concerned. Why is there no preplanning for this stuff?

ReaganWasRight on November 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

so much concern for a swing state/

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Wow. Are you a jack@$$? Not everything is about politics.

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I am beginning to suspect you are a sociopath.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

ah, 3 days ago I was asking more attention for the storm and I was told “get over it, the storm has passed”, and “the rest of the country go on”, and now someone says me this?!

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

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