Guess who's crawling back to the GOP. Money quote:
Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat who joined the Republican Party for his first mayoral bid in 2001 but then abandoned it in 2007, must mend fences if he wants to secure the Republican line, several sources said.
"A lot of them [GOP leaders] told me they will not carry petitions for Mayor Bloomberg," said one source. "They feel he bought us and sold us."
Allowing this man back into the party would be an act of supreme stupidity. Let us count the ways:
1) He's a tax hiker. Since taking office in 2002, Michael Bloomberg has raised taxes on at least 5 seperate occasions. The result has been that NYC has lagged behind the national job creation pace for this entire decade. Now he's preaching a New New Deal.
2) He's sold his soul to orgaized labor. Bloomberg has gone on the greatest public spending spree since the 1960's; his calls for discipline correspondingly ring hollow.
4) He allowed murder to go up for the first time in 18 years.
5) He actively obstructed Rudy's Presidential run. Obviously, Rudy's Presidential campaign had plenty of other problems. That said, anyone who wants to run on the GOP line for mayor of NYC should have been an early and unapologetic supporter.