First came Les Payne of Newsday on Oct. 6, saying that Mike Bloomberg was trying to become the Papa Doc of New York City, trying to install himself as the Leader for Life.
Herewith: "Tyranny creeps in on precisely such cat feet. . . We've seen it not just in Haiti under dictator Papa Doc Duvalier but elsewhere around the world."
Now and into the future expect a barrage of verbal brickbats from outraged thinkers, politicians and everyday citizens, laid low and stunned at the action of the City Council and the mayor.
The stench of their action, of course, lay in the seemingly crass self-interest, a body of elected officials voting to extend their terms in office along with their paychecks and pensions. Not exactly the course we associate with high-minded public service, if such a thing exists in spheres other than the musings of philosophers.
Giving props to a Bronx blog, from whence the above image was (for the public good, we should say) pilfered, we offer you here a line or two from Bxnews.net.
"The vote of 28 – 22 gave Mayor Bloomberg the chance to run for a third term and opened the door for many Councilmembers, who were looking for another job, the chance to keep their seats," wrote Dan Gesslein.
Gesslein refers to a New York Times article from a week back reporting that Bloomberg had enlisted Bloomberg-funded charities in this bid to get a third term. Maybe that kind of philanthropy should be outlawed, if it isn't already. (read Times article.)
Few opposite side Councilmembers offered outrage with the pithiness and gun-pointing directness of Tony Avella, the progressive Councilman from Queens who's been hoping to replace Bloomberg as chief executive.
"The fix was in from the beginning," Avella said. "When the time comes, you should all be voted out of office."