I cannot remember an election in my lifetime when so much was at stake. My father had a favorite saying, which I often repeat in my courtroom, when it’s clear that someone is not telling the truth and trying to pull a fast one: “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining,” he’d say. Well, that’s my reaction to Bernie Sanders’ hollow, hectoring call for a socialist revolution that will magically make all our problems go away. It’s a joke.

You know me as a straight talker. I am no different off the bench than on — and I tell it like it is to my family, my friends, my co-workers. Amid all the toxic anger roiling our nation, Mike Bloomberg is the one man who can put us back on the right path and turn down the noise. He will restore faith in our institutions, rekindle respect for American values and recruit extraordinarily talented people to re-energize a government that has been systematically dismantled over the last three years.

True, he may not be the most practiced debater. He doesn’t make speeches for a living, unlike the political insiders running against him. But as a smart, accomplished manager, he is second to none.