From the NY Times' Clyde Haberman:
In one regard, Mr. Bloomberg is like Noah Cross, the villain in “Chinatown,” who was prepared to do anything to get his way. Not that the mayor would kill, as Cross did. But he is ready to bury his opposition in dollars — by spending as much as $100 million in the 2009 election, his lieutenants say.
Mr. Bloomberg knows that his reputation has taken hard blows in the fight over term limits. But he is apparently betting that the passage of time will restore whatever he may have lost in respectability.
Noah Cross would have counseled him to hang in there. “Politicians, ugly buildings and whores,” he said, “all get respectable if they last long enough.”