In many corners the lilliputian mayor of New York, megalomaniacal Mike Bloomberg, is consdered a laughingstock. And the reason is things like this:
It's true, he's a nasty condescending little fraction of a man who gets his jollies bossing people around. But the problem with NYC is not Mike Bloomberg, it's what comes after him. The one good thing about Bloomberg is that he has absolutely no interest in anyone's opinion but his own. And NYC politics usually involves nothing more than the sock puppet candidates of various powerful political factions dividing up the taxpayer funded pie. Bloomberg may be a jerk, but he's an honest jerk. And for NYC that's a big improvement over business as usual.
When Bloomberg ran for his third term, he did so in open defiance of the law imposing term limits on the mayor. Typical. "Laws are for the unwashed masses not me." says the traditional liberal mantra. But as bad as he is, he makes the cast of characters waiting in the wings on NYC's liberal left look like a sideshow of mental dysfunction. With the war on the finance industry coming from Washington, things are going to change in NY. And I suspect no one will remember or care about Mikey's stupid law about soft drinks.