Hurricane Sandy blows Bloomberg into Obama’s camp

Hurricane Sandy and climate change have blown New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fence-straddling independent, into President Barack Obama’s camp. From his just-published op-ed:

The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.

The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.

Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.

Bloomberg says he might have voted for the Mitt Romney of earlier years:

I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.

If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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94 comments Add your comment

Don't Tread

November 1st, 2012
3:45 pm

I’m pretty sure Sandy had nothing to do with that.

Engorged member

November 1st, 2012
4:00 pm

I agree whole-heartedly with Bloomberg.
Many decent Republicans have been ruined by the simpletons who dominate the national platform.

pragmatic

November 1st, 2012
4:05 pm

This should surprise no one. With the Obama Admin perfecting the process of picking and choosing winners and losers for almost 4 years what kind of an idiot mayor or governor would do anything to be on their bad side when so much help is needed?

just me

November 1st, 2012
4:08 pm

Too bad… if Romney was brave enough to be himself he probably would have done better. A candidate with sensible positions on the concerns listed above along with good business sense would have been a sure thing.

Three Jack

November 1st, 2012
4:08 pm

That’s an endorsement? “…like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.”

Wow, wonder if Obama will win NY? In other words, who cares. Stick to something you’re good at Mr. Mayor, arresting soda drinkers.

Mark

November 1st, 2012
4:17 pm

Can’t wait to turn over a 21 Trillion dollar defecit to my children because of no leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Mark

November 1st, 2012
4:18 pm

And while Im at it, isn’t Bill Clinton the one who had an affair in the White House? And he’s the closer?

Buckhead Boy

November 1st, 2012
4:21 pm

The Mitt Romney of earlier years is no different than the Mitt Romney of today. He did then, and does now, assume whatever guise he deems expedient for the time and place.

Former Republican Bloomberg didn’t really leave the party, it left him — and Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, Arlen Specter, Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe; anyone and everyone with an iota of concern for the commonweal.

Brosephus™

November 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

Bloomberg’s endorsement says more about the GOP and Romney than it does about Obama. When you add the write up from The Economist, the opinion seems to be more about disappointment in Romney than it does about having faith in Obama.

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21565623-america-could-do-better-barack-obama-sadly-mitt-romney-does-not-fit-bill-which-one

Many of The Economist’s readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don’t believe most of what he says. That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive. And for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America’s economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him.

joe

November 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

“like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.”

Precisely why Obama is a one termer…

Marlboro Man

November 1st, 2012
4:50 pm

Romney is a poor choice, and his supporters know it.

Fed Up

November 1st, 2012
4:52 pm

How is this news?

James

November 1st, 2012
4:53 pm

Truth Squad

November 1st, 2012
4:56 pm

The truth is that Bloomberg, like Christie, understands who is going to win next week.

Jim S.

November 1st, 2012
5:06 pm

To those like ‘Mark’…get over the Clinton affair on focus on some real issues relevant to this race. On the deficit issue, don’t forget that a large portion of the debt of the last four years is the result of the Bush tax cuts, not just the increased stimulus spending. There is plenty to do and ideas from all sides will be needed to solve our pressing problems. Whether Romney or Obama is elected Tuesday, we need to get serious and realistic economic, environmental, military, and social safety net (entitlement) issues moving forward. Let’s leave the side bar comments on the personal lives of others where it belongs…outside of the debate of serious people.

Jim S.

November 1st, 2012
5:07 pm

Sorry for the typos.

Miss Understood

November 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

I voted for Obama’s white side……………..

Truth-O-Meter

November 1st, 2012
5:19 pm

I have never been a fan of Gov. Christie, but one thing became patently clear to me when I heard his and the president’s remarks about working together: I am beyond nauseated with the bickering of the Republicans. How refreshing to see two adults who do not share the same political views but are trying to work together for the common good. That is precisely what has been missing the last four years.

Democrats are not angels, but Republicans have played games with people’s lives only for the goal to see this presidency fail. Every adult should point to them and tell their children how not to look up to these folks. Gov. Christie is now under fire from his own party for daring to work with a democratic president. These people are sick and if voters don’t turn them out next Tuesday, we will all suffer the next four years.

Ron Paul

November 1st, 2012
5:27 pm

Sooner or later you guys are gonna wake up

Andy

November 1st, 2012
5:30 pm

I hope Romney wins next Tuesday. If not say goodbye to the America that we know of today. Socialism here we come. Remember socialism works great until the man whom the government is stealing money from runs out!! My prediction:

Romney 275 Electoral Votes
Obama 263 Electoral Votes

Loran, Whatayagot?

November 1st, 2012
5:33 pm

This is the same Bloomburg who wants the government to determine how big a soft drink you can order, and who has been elected by some of the most liberal Americans in the country. I think his logic and wisdom is about the same as an anchovy.

Ms.K

November 1st, 2012
5:41 pm

Miss understood, was that really necessary for you to make a comment like that ? Who cares who you voted for. Your an idiot and shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Earnestly

November 1st, 2012
5:42 pm

Good, I thought I was the only one that noticed Romney’s entire platform changed between the republican convention and the debates. If you are voting for Romney, you have to wonder which Romney you’ll get. However with Ryan doing the thinking for both, it probably won’t be the kinder gentler Romney.

clem

November 1st, 2012
5:47 pm

WAW

November 1st, 2012
5:51 pm

Mitch McConnell (spelling?) lost any real potential Romney (or any other Republican) ever had.

South GA Food Taxer

November 1st, 2012
5:53 pm

How is this news. people should be able to support whoever they want for President. I supported Al Gore and John Kerry, but then supported John McCain.

Shar

November 1st, 2012
5:55 pm

@Truth, I completely agree.

Debbie

November 1st, 2012
5:55 pm

The GOP should have dumped the TEA. The GOP (Grand Old Party) no longer exists. It has morphed into an extreamist party socially, economically, and in religion. It’s one thing to be conservative and cautious and quite another to be radically to the right.

Sandra

November 1st, 2012
5:57 pm

Romney all the way for me! I’ll stay here in Phoenix in the heat with my 32 ounce drink and mark my early ballot. Also, will send money to my church’s humanitarian fund, where 100% of it will go to help the people affected by Sandy. Not certain climate change is to blame for NY two hurricane’s, and if it is, quite certain Bloomberg or Obama do not have the answers. Heck, they don’t even have the questions.

luangtom

November 1st, 2012
6:00 pm

It certainly does not take a professional pundit to realize that kissing the butt of the administration that holds the purse-strings for recovery of a flooded, damaged city is all part of the game of politics. Remember how they kissed Bush’s butt when the recovery after 9-11 was taking place? Ya do what ya gotta do to get things done. Pure and simple politics. Guilliani left office and Bloomberg took his place in line…..do the math…could NYC rebuild and revitalize without outside help? It is all part of the game.

Vote for Obama cause he's black

November 1st, 2012
6:03 pm

Bloomberg is a short,little angry jewsih man who doesn’t want people to drink soda,limits their freedom of choice.
You want an endorsement from a real NY hero ? Rudy Guliani is heavily endorsing Romney

reality check

November 1st, 2012
6:15 pm

There is nothing less relevant to Georgia voters than what the New York mayor thinks. The idiots in new York will vote for Obama big time. Romney will carry Georgia big time.

M

November 1st, 2012
6:16 pm

Bloomberg & The Economist endorsements are just icing on the cake. Romney is a true no-where man and evrybody who has watched this campaign knows it. This shape-shifter goes to Norfolk VA to tout shipbuilding that we no longer need nor can afford… Where was the Tea Party to call down this most oportunist of men?

Road Scholar

November 1st, 2012
6:16 pm

Listened to a conservative radio about 12:30 today and the host was freaking out telling people who haven’t voted NOT to read the internet or papers but listen to him each day to get the…..truth. Sorry almost choked! He was telling people not to panic….as he did on the air!

Priceless!!!!

emz

November 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

I agree with Truth-O-Meter at 5:19 pm.

everything on reversed has Romney Mitt

November 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

@joe

November 1st, 2012
4:27 pm
“like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.”

Precisely why Obama is a one termer…

@Marlboro Man

November 1st, 2012
4:50 pm
Romney is a poor choice, and his supporters know it.
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“If we don’t nominate Chris Christe we will lose.” Ann Coulter

SHE WAS RIGHT.

Obama 2012

ttiM yenmoR sah desrever no gnihtyreve

November 1st, 2012
6:34 pm

@Vote for Obama cause he’s black

November 1st, 2012
6:03 pm
Bloomberg is a short,little angry jewsih man who doesn’t want people to drink soda,limits their freedom of choice.
You want an endorsement from a real NY hero ? Rudy Guliani is heavily endorsing Romney

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Don’t Vote For Romney ’cause he’s White :)

mamaj

November 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

It is also possible to kiss the a%$! of someone holding the purse strings, AND vote against him. Christi is not stupid, and I wouldn’t trust him to vote for the president, even if he held a press conference and said he would—which of course, he is not about to do. And that sad, substance-lacking endorsement from Bloomberg isn’t worth a hill of beans either.

mt

November 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

KJ

November 1st, 2012
6:37 pm

JOHNSON / GRAY 2012

mt

November 1st, 2012
6:39 pm

Don’t Vote For Romney ’cause he’s White

Obama ain’t black he is a mulatto.

ttiM yenmoR sah desrever no gnihtyreve

November 1st, 2012
6:44 pm

@mt

November 1st, 2012
6:39 pm
Don’t Vote For Romney ’cause he’s White

Obama ain’t black he is a mulatto.

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WHAT IS YOUR POINT ?

MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS A MULATTO IN GEORGIA AND

HE WAS A SLAVE.

I had many mulattos in my family and they were all slaves.

mt

November 1st, 2012
6:49 pm

What’s your point about not voting for Romney cause he’s white? My Mama,Daddy,all Grandparents,my wife’s family were all white.My ancestors were slaves,our people rowed the galley’s for the Romans.

jconservative

November 1st, 2012
6:52 pm

Interesting take on Bloomberg from my fellow readers.

I was listening to Limbaugh today and got to thinking about him and his decades long push for the growth and spread of conservatism.

Limbaugh began his national show in 1988. Since then this man pushing for “conservative” candidates has seen a moderates George H W Bush and George W Bush become president along with more liberal Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. That is 6 presidential race cycles and Limbaugh is 0 for 6 as far as having a conservative in the White House.

And this year we ended up with a liberal Barack Obama and a “moved way to the left” liberal Mitt Romney from which to choose. Which makes Limbaugh 0 for 7.

And the fact that the Romney campaign felt it necessary to move their candidate from right of center to left of center starting the first week of October says more about the true state of conservative thought in this country than any preaching by Limbaugh, Hannity and their like.

The United States is a rather liberal country. I do not like it. But that’s the way it is.

Pete

November 1st, 2012
6:53 pm

Romney is a liar who changes his positions daily depending on who he’s talking to. The GOP has the idiot who says a woman cannot get pregnant if she is raped; another idiot who says if a woman is raped and impregnated it’s God’s will. The GOP platform makes abortion illegal even to save the life of the woman. These are the Neanderthals you get when you vote for the GOP.

mt

November 1st, 2012
7:00 pm

Romney is a liar who changes his positions daily depending on who he’s talking to. The GOP has the idiot who says a woman cannot get pregnant if she is raped; another idiot who says if a woman is raped and impregnated it’s God’s will. The GOP platform makes abortion illegal even to save the life of the woman. These are the Neanderthals you get when you vote for the GOP.

This whole post is IS NOTHING BUT A LIE. When you vote for Dems you vote for ungodly heathens.

cc

November 1st, 2012
7:02 pm

It’s all over.

Romney wins easily, and Obama packs. November 7th will bring a lot of “sad talkin’ and slow walkin’” for the Obama worshippers. Maybe, just maybe, we will learn after President Romney is inaugurated the complete truth about Obama’s involvement in “Fast and Furious”, Benghazi, the Russian “Secret Deal” and the Iranian connection attempt. I wouldn’t count on it, though, because communists are very committed and they rarely confess.

I’ve said it before, and I say it again here and now: You can count on the fact that Obama will LOSE the election. President Romney will be inaugurated in January, 2013.

Learn it, believe it and love it. The truth shall set you free!

cc

November 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

jconservative:

Very astute and accurate observation @ 6:52.

Faye Nimirz

November 1st, 2012
7:29 pm

Does Bloomberg think Obama has control over hurricanes? Actually, Sandy was a very mild hurricane that just happened to hit a low-lying, highly developed and populated area. If it had hit the Outter Banks of North Carolina, lt would hardly been noticed. Also, dense development and population of barrier islands is stupid. These sandy strips of “land” were created by previous storms and served to :break” the force of storm activity on the mainland. I guess taxpayers will be expected to bring out the bulldozers and “restore” these clumps of sand fot high dollar re-development.

Uncle Billy

November 1st, 2012
7:30 pm

Gid is clearly a Democrat.