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Afternoon IM: NYC’s Favorite 5’8″ Jew Mayor

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg jumped from the Metro to National section with his recent party switch from Republican to Independent. As journalists await Bloomie's next move like heroin addicts in need of a fix that can only come … Read More

By / June 21, 2007

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg jumped from the Metro to National section with his recent party switch from Republican to Independent. As journalists await Bloomie's next move like heroin addicts in need of a fix that can only come in the form of a presidential candidacy announcement, I grow sicker of this not-yet-a-story story's ubiquity. Facing 4:30 p.m. office boredom I prodded resident political mouther-off-er (and your favorite blogger!) Michael Weiss, for his thoughts on NYC's 5'8" mayor. Behold, our Skype convo:

6/21/07 4:24 PM how do you feel about bloomberg

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:24 PM thumbs down

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:24 PM why? 6/21/07 4:24 PM just curious

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:25 PM i think he tries to run the city like a corporation, and i don't like the disney-fication of manhattan. also, the smoking ban pissed me off. and now the trans-fat nonsense. he's a boardroom nanny.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:25 PM what about conjestion pricing? i think that's dumb cuz it won't do anything

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:26 PM tell me more. not familiar with that.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:26 PM charging ppl to drive into lower manhattan 6/21/07 4:26 PM which means like below 80 something street i think 6/21/07 4:26 PM $8 6/21/07 4:26 PM to reduce congestion 6/21/07 4:26 PM i don't think it will actually reduce congestion 6/21/07 4:27 PM ppl will just pay the $8 and drive in

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:27 PM sounds silly to me.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:27 PM yes

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:27 PM right, and why force people to pay more to get to work — a lot of out-of-towners can't take the subway

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:27 PM yeah. he shoudl just plant some trees and call it a day

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:28 PM i also think his inevitable presidential bid is laughable.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:28 PM why? 6/21/07 4:28 PM because of the spoil factor?

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:28 PM the guy has no charisma and he thinks his micromanagerial style can work on the national level.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:28 PM yeah. i guess you're right. i always felt like he did have charisma but now that i'm thinking about it he really doesn't

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:28 PM no, i dont mind third party candidates. i prefer them, actually. but he's a megalomaniac and it shows.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:29 PM why do you say that

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:30 PM he thinks he's entitled to instruct people how to live. it's kind of an easy listening dictatorial style… listen to his radio show sometimes 6/21/07 4:30 PM "because i say so" is his rationale

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:30 PM i see. i've never heard his radio show. what's it on 1010wins or something?

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:31 PM not sure. i've only read transcripts.

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:31 PM he IS a jew though

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:31 PM yeah but the worst kind: the waspy wannabe jew who acts like he's old money artistocracy

Amy Odell 6/21/07 4:32 PM gp

Michael D. Weiss 6/21/07 4:32 PM with the equestrian daughter, the faux-populist i-ride-the-subway routine, etc. very fake.

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