They yelled, they taunted, they cajoled, and they praised, but by the end of the second day of raucous hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's bill to extend term limits, they did almost everything but agree.
Referring to Bloomberg as the infamous "Wizard of Oz," state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) warned the lawmakers, "You've got to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Don't be the puppet, please."
The two men who hope to succeed Bloomberg next year - Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens/Brooklyn) and City Controller William Thompson - weren't any kinder.
Thompson said the Bloomberg-crafted bill "shatters the bonds of trust that are the essence of good government."
Weiner similarly chimed in, "If you take away the citizens' right to make these decisions, you're undermining the very foundation on which all of you sit."
State Sen. Eric Adams refers to Mike Bloomberg as the 'Wizard of Oz'
The city's five borough presidents also revealed their stripes on the issue, with Queens beep Helen Marshall, Brooklyn's Marty Markowitz and Staten Island's James Molinaro throwing their support behind Bloomberg's bill.
'Bloomberg to democracy: Drop Dead': Protestors - and supporters - speak out at term limits hearing