From the NY Post:
I wouldn’t bet against Bloomy, but his re-election isn’t a slam dunk. Thompson can win.
You read that right. Thompson can win.
I’m not saying he will, just that he can. He won’t need a miracle either. Lightning, thunder and luck, yes, but Thompson would hardly be the first David to bring down a Goliath. One is in the White House, and there are days when Bloomberg looks as ripe for a fall as Hillary Clinton was.
If the upset potential surprises you, welcome aboard. I surprised myself when the words “Thompson can win” first came out of my mouth.
That was three weeks ago. Until then, I subscribed to the conventional wisdom that he didn’t have a chance.
But speed bumps are popping up on the road to the king’s coronation. Reports of Bloomberg Fatigue are coming in from key constituencies — Staten Island homeowners and well-heeled Manhattanites. That could spell trouble for him.
“Think about it,” one formerly firm Bloomy man told me. “He’s been mayor for eight years and he has to spend $100 million now to reintroduce his brand.”
The complaints center on the soaring cost-of-living and binges in government spending, along with a sense the mayor feels entitled to a third term.
Bloomberg Watch has a nice summary of how the tide is turning.