From the NY Post:
A little more than a year ago, Mayor Bloomberg starred on the covers of Time and Newsweek, poised to lead an independent movement to the White House. Now, he's fighting off comparisons to Venezuelan strongman Hugo "El Loco" Chavez and finds himself groveling to a fellow some call a cult leader.
What the heck happened?
Bloomberg's independent crusade, now seen as a marketing tool rather than a historical force, has vanished from the national scene. On the big debates over guns, immigration and education, the mayor has lost his voice. The "practical solutions" he said Americans were rallying around turned out to be his solutions - not those of any wider movement.